This 12 months’s whirlwind event sees a 3rd Champions League Matchday in three weeks kick off completely stay on BT Sport.
Tuesday night time sees Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis in motion, in addition to a raft of different unmissable ties together with Actual Madrid v Inter Milan and RB Salzburg v Bayern Munich.
Learn on, or soar to the sport of your alternative under, for all you might want to learn about every of the eight fixtures on the primary night time of Matchday 3.
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Luis Suarez may really feel he might have received the sport for Atletico Madrid as they have been held to a draw by a resolute Lokomotiv Moscow.
Atleti had taken the lead by Jose Gimenez’s header from the sting of the penalty space – however the Russian hosts levelled shortly earlier than half-time when Hector Herrera was harshly adjuged to have dealt with in his personal penalty space.
Aleksey Miranchuk swiftly dispatched the ensuing spot kick with Diego Simeone left fuming on the determination.
Luis Suarez, additionally booked for dissent within the aftermath of the penalty incident, missed a obvious alternative with a detailed vary header halfway by the second 45 and Coke rattled the woodwork with a header of his personal throughout an absorbing half.
Joao Felix additionally had a handful of half-chances – together with a surprising long-range effort that was splendidly saved – however Lokomotiv held on for level at residence.
Gladbach had surrendered the lead twice of their earlier two Champions League video games coming into this one however they made completely certain of the factors with a rampant efficiency towards Shakhtar in Ukraine.
French ahead Alassane Plea helped himself to a hat-trick – together with a rocket from distance – because the German guests cruised to victory over their torpid hosts.
Marco Rose’s staff now go above Shakhtar in Group B in what might be a big consequence because the race for qualification hots up.
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Actual v Inter could also be Tuesday’s most eye-catching recreation on paper – however this has potential to be a cracker in Bergamo.
But to hit full stride within the competitors thus far, Liverpool might be delighted to search out themselves prime of Group D with a two-point cushion over their Italian hosts.
However an identical meek exhibiting to that which noticed off Midtjylland final day out is unlikely to be sufficient to select up the win towards Serie A’s most enjoyable staff this coming Matchday.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s facet are one of the tactically modern groups within the competitors whereas in possession, scoring 17 objectives in 6 Serie A video games and 6 from their two Champions League video games thus far.
Their Achilles heel has been on the defensive finish, the place they’ve leaked objectives at a worrying charge.
Jurgen Klopp, who has misplaced all three Champions League away ties in Italy throughout his Liverpool tenure, will hope his facet can put Atalanta on the again foot and take an enormous stride in direction of qualification.
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Few anticipated Manchester Metropolis to wrestle in Group C having been handed a beneficial draw at this stage of the competitors – they usually actually haven’t throughout their first two video games thus far.
Comfy wins towards Porto and Marseille imply they’re on track to qualify from the group whereas the others under battle it out for second spot.
Greek guests Olympiacos will hope they will bounce again from defeat to Porto final day out however their report in England has not been sort in recent times.
Solely two groups have conceded extra Champions League objectives in England than the Greek champions, whereas they’ve misplaced 14 of 16 European away video games on these shores.
As fixtures pile up with each passing week, anticipate Metropolis to be ruthless of their quest to safe protected passage to the knockout levels as rapidly as attainable.
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Poor begins by the 2 supposed favourites in Group B imply this titanic conflict ought to have a bit added spice on Tuesday night time.
Actual are within the unfamiliar place of propping up the desk and, have been it not for Casemiro’s heroics towards Gladbach on Matchday 2, would have dropped to a second successive defeat of their worst ever begin to a Champions League group stage.
As it’s, a win over Inter plus a beneficial consequence within the group’s different fixture might even see them soar up into second place and sign the top to a brewing European disaster.
However Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, who missed their likelihood to beat Shakhtar final day out having rattled the woodwork on a number of events, is not going to be in a charitable temper as they head to the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium searching for a significant victory of their very own.
Nevertheless, current historical past suggests it could be a tough project for the Italians; they’ve misplaced on eight of their 10 away journeys to Spanish opposition within the Champions League.
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Who can cease Bayern Munich?
Hansi Flick’s males have been in imperious type each domestically and in Europe, shedding simply twice in all competitions throughout 2020 thus far.
A rampant 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Matchday 1 was adopted up by a deserved 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow final day out and the German giants look a protected guess to significantly problem for prime honours as soon as once more this season.
However Salzburg have proven they’re able to springing a shock as they took Atletico to the wire final week earlier than being foiled by Joao Felix’s 85th-minute winner.
In Dominik Szoboszlai, Salzburg look to have unearthed their subsequent nice prodigy with the Hungarian already having scored twice throughout the present marketing campaign – together with a jaw-dropping lengthy vary strike towards Lokomotiv on Matchday 1.
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Man Metropolis apart, the Group C panorama seems to be broad open after two video games.
If Guardiola’s males beat Olympiacos as anticipated, it might solely take a Marseille win away in Portugal to go away the opposite three groups degree on three factors apiece.
Having mentioned that, final season’s Ligue 1 runners up Marseille have been exceptionally poor within the competitors thus far and require a lot enchancment to point out they’re worthy of the ultimate qualifying spot.
They rolled over throughout limp 3-0 defeat to Metropolis final day out and Porto might be coming into this recreation stuffed with confidence after a 2-0 win over Olympiacos on Matchday 2.
There have been 4 conferences between these two groups within the group levels of the Champions League; Porto have received three and drawn one.
Can Segio Conceicao’s males proceed the development on Tuesday night time?
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Midtjylland might be seeking to keep away from writing historical past for all of the fallacious causes as they welcome Ajax to the MCH Area on Tuesday night time.
Having failed to search out the again of the web of their first two video games of the event thus far, they might grow to be solely the fifth staff in Champions League historical past to lose their first three video games within the competitors with out scoring a purpose.
The Danes had plenty of good alternatives at Anfield final week however have been finally made to pay for his or her lack of innovative.
Ajax might be disillusioned to have surrendered a two-goal lead towards Atalanta on Matchday 2 searching for their first win the competitors thus far.
Eric Ten Haag’s males have undergone virtually a whole rebuild since making it to the semi-finals two years in the past however the proficient Dutch facet ought to have greater than sufficient high quality to cruise previous the hosts and choose up three important factors.