NYON: Harry Kane was the headline act but Hugo Lloris stole the show as the Frenchman’s stunning save helped earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in their Champions League Group H tie in Spain.
Spurs took a surprise lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Raphael Varane’s own goal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to level from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier had fouled Toni Kroos.
From there, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men had Lloris to thank as the goalkeeper denied Karim Benzema from four yards with his legs, when the striker looked certain to score.
Kane could have even have won it for Tottenham late on when his finish was pushed wide by Keylor Navas but the visitors will be delighted with what could prove an invaluable point.
Madrid and Tottenham are well placed make it to the knock-out phases after Borussia Dortmund could only draw 1-1 at APOEL Nicosia, with those two teams still six points adrift of Spurs and Real.
Two errors from Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki led to Mickael Pote opening the scoring for the hosts, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ equaliser at least ensuring the visitors returned to Germany with one point.
Liverpool found their form in front of goal in a record-breaking 7-0 European away victory against hapless Maribor and finally kick-started their Champions League campaign.
The Reds’ front three of Mohamed Salah (two), Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho got the goals as they put their opponents to the sword in the first half with Firmino adding a fifth shortly after the break and deadline-day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring his first for the club late on followed by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deflected added-time effort.
NEXT – Gp A: Benfica v Man. Utd; CSKA Moscow v Basel. Gp B: Anderlecht v Paris S-G; Bayern Munich v Celtic. Gp C: Qarabag v At. Madrid; Chelsea v Roma. Gp D: Barcelona v Olympiacos; Juventus v Sporting.
Their previous best win away from home in Europe had been 5-0 – against Reykjavik in 1964, Crusaders in 1976 and Haka in 2001 – but the Slovenians made that record easy to beat.
There was good news elsewhere for Liverpool as Sevilla, who began the night leading the way in their group, were stunned 5-1 by Spartak Moscow.
Spartak scored four times in the second half – through Lorenzo Melgarejo, Denis Glushakov, Luiz Adriano and Quincy Promes – to join Liverpool on five points at the halfway stage, with Sevilla one behind on four.
Early goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus saw Manchester City maintain their winning start with a 2-1 victory over Napoli.
City struck twice in the opening 13 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to set themselves up for a result that lifted them six points clear of the Serie A leaders, and their supposed chief rivals, in Group F.
Napoli hit back strongly with Dries Mertens having a penalty saved before Amadou Diawara did score from the spot, but City survived a nervy finish.
Pep Guardiola’s men arguably should have put the game beyond reach in the opening half-hour, as Kevin De Bruyne also hit the bar and Jesus was denied a second on the line.
In the other game in Manchester City’s group, Bernard scored twice as a Shakhtar Donetsk side that finished with 10 men overcame overcame Feyenoord 2-1.
Monaco’s dreadful campaign continued as last year’s semi-finalists were beaten 2-1 at home by Besiktas.
An opening goal from ex-Manchester United and Chelsea striker Falcao was cancelled out by Cenk Tosun, who then scored again in the second half to earn the Turkish club a 2-1 success.
Monaco are now bottom of Group G – with just a solitary point from three games – as RB Leipzig defeated Porto 3-2, with all five goals coming in the first half.
Third matchday – Gp E: Maribor 0, Liverpool 7; Spartak 5, Sevilla 1.
Gp F: Feyenoord 1, Shakhtar Donetsk 2; Manchester City 2, Napoli 1.
Gp G: Monaco 1, Besiktas 2; Leipzig 3, Porto 2.
Gp H: APOEL 1, Borussia Dortmund 1; Real Madrid 1, Tottenham 1.