Tottenham Hotspur suffered their heaviest home defeat in Europe as Serge Gnabry struck four goals for Bayern Munich in a 7-2 romp to seize control of Champions League Group B on Tuesday

Master marksman Robert Lewandowski also scored twice as Bayern responded to going behind early on in devastating fashion, running riot on a rain-lashed night in north London.

When Son Heung-min gave last season’s finalists Tottenham a deserved 12th-minute lead, their magnificent stadium was rocking. But the fragility that has undermined their season so far returned as they capitulated in alarming fashion.

It was the first time Tottenham have shipped seven goals at home in any major competition and they became the first English club to concede seven in Europe since they themselves lost 8-0 to FC Cologne in the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995.

To add insult to injury for Mauricio Pochettino’s shell-shocked side it was a Gnabry, a former Arsenal misfit who managed one goal in a handful of appearances, who was their chief tormentor with a sensational display.

While Tottenham’s season continues to misfire, Niko Kovac’s Bayern appear to be going from strength to strength.

It was not quite the Bavarians’ biggest away win in Europe — they won 7-1 at Roma in 2014 — but to do it against a side who reached last year’s final sent out a powerful message.

“It didn’t look like (a) 7-2 (match) after 30 minutes. We had our problems at the back and (Manuel) Neuer kept us in the game with some class saves,” Kovac told reporters.

“After that, we were much better. We scored at the right time. Getting the second before the break was key.”

Pochettino has enjoyed unforgettable European nights as Tottenham manager but this will go down as one of his lowest moments since he took charge in 2014.

“Bayern were clinical and scored with every single touch,” he said. “That is tough to accept but we need to move on. We need to be strong and keep going, stay together…not to find guilt or try to escape. It is the only way to recover.”

Bayern lead the group with six points with Red Star Belgrade on three after beating Olympiakos who are level with Tottenham on one point after their 2-2 draw on matchday one.

Chances flowed like the rain in a rip-roaring start to the first clash between the sides for 35 years.

Gnabry stung the finger of Hugo Lloris inside two minutes before Son was twice denied by Neuer after being played in one-on-one by Tanguy Ndombele.

When Bayern gifted possession to Tottenham in the 12th minute, Ndombele found Son again and this time the South Korean beat Neuer with a powerful angled drive.

Tottenham’s inability to hold a lead has been a feature this season and within three minutes Bayern were level thanks to a precision effort from distance by Joshua Kimmich.

Harry Kane had an effort cleared off the line soon after but they were pole-axed by three Bayern goals in a 10-minute spell.

Lewandowski has already bagged 10 goals in six Bundesliga games this season and his hot streak continued seconds before the interval as he turned and fired home from the edge of the area after Tottenham had failed to clear the ball.

It was harsh on Tottenham but things only got worse.

Gnabry shredded Tottenham’s defence in the 53rd minute with a jet-heeled burst down the left before cutting in to arrow a shot past Lloris and he struck again two minutes later.

Kane’s penalty restored some hope for Tottenham on the hour after Danny Rose was adjudged to have been fouled and substitute Christian Eriksen forced a fingertip save by Neuer.

But when Gnabry completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute, racing on to Thiago Alcantara’s long ball before sliding a cool finish past Lloris, the home fans flooded towards exits.

With Bayern’s fans joyfully singing “football’s coming home” Lewandowski scored a brilliant second from Philippe Coutinho’s pass — taking his Champions League haul to 56 in 106 games.

Tottenham’s defence went AWOL again as Gnabry put Bayern in seventh heaven with his fourth.

Former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade fought back to earn a 3-1 home win against 10-man Olympiakos Piraeus in a pulsating Champions League Group B clash after late headers by Nemanja Milunovic and Richmond Boakye on Tuesday.

Olympiakos dominated the opening half and their striker Miguel Angel Guerrero twice came close before central defender Ruben Semedo fired the Greek side ahead with a fortuitous goal in the 37th minute.

Giorgos Masouras floated a deep free kick into the penalty area and Semedo’s cut-back across the face of goal at the far post went in off the outstretched arm of Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who should have done better.

After Olympiakos midfielder Yassine Benzia was sent off in the 58th minute for a second bookable foul, Red Star capitalised five minutes later when Milos Vulic drove a crisp low shot from 12 metres into the bottom left corner of the net following some slack defending by the visitors.

Borjan kept out Mohamed Camara’s fierce long-range shot and Yassine Meriah fired wide from close range for Olympiakos before Milunovic and substitute Boakye struck in a frantic finish to delight the home fans.

The goals were almost a carbon copy of each other as Milunovic rose above his marker to head home an 87th-minute corner and Boakye followed in his footsteps three minutes later.

The result lifted Red Star to second place in the group on three points from two games, behind leaders Bayern Munich who have a maximum six after a 7-2 away rout of Tottenhem Hotspur. Olympiakos and Spurs have one point each.

The match was played in a rarely amicable atmosphere as visiting Olympiakos fans were given a red carpet reception by the home supporters, with rival groups mingling before the kick off and chanting each other’s songs during the match.

Bonded by their kindred red-and-white colours as well as the Christian Orthodox faith shared by Serbs and Greeks, Red Star and Olympiakos fans have a long history of friendship and they also exchanged flags in the Rajko Mitic stadium.

Manchester City made it two wins out of two in Champions League Group C after goals from substitutes Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

A game that could easily have ended in frustration, with Dinamo defending deep and effectively, turned on the introduction of England international Sterling in the 56th minute.

The Croatians frustrated the Premier League champions with some excellent defending in the first half and all City could manage from their domination was Ilkay Gundogan’s shot against the bar in the 21st minute after an earlier effort from Sergio Aguero had been well dealt with by Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic.

David Silva screwed a shot wide after the ball fell to him inside the area but City did not create enough from the amount of possession they enjoyed.

Guardiola’s side attacked almost exclusively down the left, where fullback Benjamin Mendy was allowed plenty of space, but either the delivery into the box let them down or the Dinamo defence stood firm.

Riyad Mahrez on the right flank saw too little of the ball and City failed to really use the full width of the field, too often getting involved in ‘five-a-side’ contests on the edge of the box.

The introduction of Sterling increased the tempo and width of City’s play and it was the England international who broke the deadlock in the 66th minute, turning in a low cross from Riyad Mahrez after a superb diagonal pass from Rodri.

Dinamo tried their luck in the final stages but were caught on the counter in stoppage time with Sterling breaking and slipping the ball wide to Foden who confidently drove home.

City move on to six points from their opening two games after winning their first match 3-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk, while Dinamo have three points.

“They defended so well, even the goal from Raheem the defender was there. I didn’t expect them to play so deep, they only shot on target at set pieces, but they did what they did so well,” said Guardiola, who praised Sterling for his improved finishing.

“He’s a player who is always there, he has this talent he loves to score goals, you always have that feeling. We had chances but they defended really well and that’s why it was difficult to score a goal,” he said.

“I think still he can improve his finishing. Today the pass for Phil was perfect. But still there is a gap to be even more clinical but it’s important that all the time he’s there and that’s why he’s been able to score the goals,” he said.

Foden’s instant impact, with his goal coming four minutes after he came on, left Guardiola feeling sorry that he was unable to find more minutes for the talented 19-year-old.“I know, he deserves to play, I want to give him minutes, I’m unfair to him, I’m sorry but he has (Kevin) De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Rodri (ahead of him).

“I know the best way is for him to play minutes but he’s so young. I don’t know many players of his age (who) have played so many minutes, he’s going to be incredible in the future but it is what it is.”

 

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