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Champions League Round-Up: Leicester March On, Tottenham Stumble In Germany

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Robin Olsen of FC Copenhagen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Leicester City FC and FC Copenhagen at The King Power Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Leicester City became the first ever English club to win their first three Champions League games, while Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t break down a resolute Bayer Leverkusen.

To Group E first where Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris was the busier of the two goalkeepers as Mauricio Pochettino’s side ground out a 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen. In particular, the French international made a terrific save from Javier Hernández in the second half in a shot that probably would have been given as a goal but for goal line technology.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 18: Heung-Min Son(R) of Tottenham Hotspur FC in action with Lars Bender of Bayer 04 Leverkusen during the UEFA Champions League group E soccer match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen, Germany on October 18, 2016.

In the group’s other game, Lacina Traoré put CSKA Moscow ahead against parent club Monaco ten minutes before half time, only for the Ligue 1 side to score a late equaliser for the second game running, Bernnardo Silva netting three minutes before full time.

In Group F, Legia Warsaw made a bright start against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu, but normal service was resumed as early as the 17th minute when Gareth Bale put the home side in front. Tomasz Jodlowiec put through his own net four minutes later, and although Miroslav Radovic converted a penalty for Legia two minutes after that, further strikes from Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez and Álvaro Morata gave Real a comprehensive 5-1 win.

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 18:Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Karim Benzema celebrates a goal during the Champions League 2016/17 match between Real Madrid and Legia Warszawa, at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on October 18, 2016. (Photo by Guillermo Martinez/Corbis via Getty Images)

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund kept up the pace with Real by recording a 2-1 away at Sporting CP. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl had the away side going in 2-0 at half time before Bruno César halved the defecit with around 23 minutes remaining.

In Group G, Leicester City became only the fifth side in Champions League history to win their first three matches in the competition, beating FC Copenhagen 1-0 at the King Power Stadium. Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game five minutes before half time, though Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel was called into action to make a terrific save from Andreas Cornelius late on.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Riyad Mahrez (L) of Leicester City cleebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Marc Albrighton (C) and Islam Slimani (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Leicester City FC and FC Copenhagen at The King Power Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

In the group’s other game, FC Porto earned their first win of this season’s competition with a late 2-1 win at Club Brugge. Jelle Vossen had the home side ahead after 12 minutes, but Miguel Layún and a stoppage time winner from André Silva overturned the deficit and kept Porto in a good position for qualification to the next round.

Finally to Group H, where Juventus recorded a 1-0 win at Lyon, The Bianconeri had a few nervy minutes, Alexandre Lacazette missed a first half penalty and Mario Lemina was sent off in the second, before Juan Cuadrado popped up with the winner 15 minutes from time.

LYON, FRANCE - OCTOBER 18: Goalkeeper of Juventus Gianluigi Buffon stops the penalty kick from Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon during the UEFA Champions League match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Juventus Turin at Parc OL stadium on October 18, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, a Samir Nasri goal in the first half kept Sevilla level on points with Juve as they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 1-0. They now look on course to progress to the knockout stages, which is good news for everyone currently in the Europa League.

Author: The PA Team

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