Barcelona Atltico on brink of early Champis League exits

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Barcelona, Atltico on brink of early Champions League exits

Barcelonas Robert Lewandowski reacts after missing a chance during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona , Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Barcelonas Robert Lewandowski reacts after missing a chance during the Champions League Group C soccer match between Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona , Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

GENEVA (AP) Barcelona was twice dragged back from the precipice of a humiliating Champions League elimination by Robert Lewandowskis late goals on Wednesday.

An instant classic at Camp Nou sawBarcelona draw 3-3 with Inter Milanand barely cling to a slim hope of advancing to the round of 16.

Atltico Madrid is also on the brink after failing to score for a third straight game.

No such worries for Bayern Munich and unheralded Club Brugge who each advanced to the knockout stage with two rounds to spare as leaders of groups where Spanish powers are slumping in third place.

Free-scoringNapoli also progressed with a 4-2 winover Ajax to kick off a stunning evening in the Champions League that delivered 36 goals in eight games.

Mohamed Salah set a competition recordwith a hat trick in 6 minutes, 12 seconds as a substitute midway through the second half in Liverpools 7-1 blitz at Rangers.

Though it may just have been a stay of execution for Barcelona, the five-time European champion was grateful to be alive after a thrilling final few minutes against Inter.

Barcelona trailed 2-1 in the 82nd minute and was going out until Lewandowskis shot was deflected into the Inter net.

The Italians led again in the 89th, when Robin Gosens finished a fast break, but Lewandowski rose again two minutes into stoppage time to head another leveler.

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There was still time for Inter to waste chances to win, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andr ter Stegen to make two more saves, and Inter coach Simone Inzaghi to be shown a red card.

Still, Inter now holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Barcelona and will join Bayern advancing from Group C by beating over-matched Viktoria Plze in two weeks time.

Bayern had a four-goal leadafter just 35 minutes at Plze but let its perfect defensive record slip in the second half of a 4-2 win.

Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet ran his clean sheet streak to four games in a0-0 draw at Atltico, to move four points clear of Porto and six clear of Atltico with the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Portos 3-0 win at Bayer Leverkusenincluded two penalties scored by Iran striker Mehdi Taremi.

Tottenham leads Group D for the first time afterbeating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-2, with first goals from Son Heung-min either side of a Harry Kane penalty. Kane also missed a late penalty.

Marseille rose to second place bywinning 2-0 against Sporting Lisbon, which finished the game with nine men after two red cards.

Barcelona never failed to advance to the Champions League knockout round in the 17 years Lionel Messi was on the team.

Without him, back-to-back failures beckon in two weeks time with a game to spare.

Barcelona will be eliminated if it loses at home to Lewandowskis former club Bayern on Oct. 26. Even a win will not be enough if Inter wins either of its last two games.

Club Brugges progress through this Champions League is a riposte to theSuper League project that failed last yearwith Barcelona as one of the main drivers.

The Belgian champion has a storied European history, reaching two finals in the 1970s losing both to Liverpool went deep in the first Champions League in 1992-93 and has played often in it since.

However, Brugge became the kind of opponent Super League teams grew bored with and wanted to leave behind to get more money playing only each other.

Brugge was out of its depth on a long-awaited return to the Champions League groups in 2016-17, losing all six games.

Now six years and five campaigns later, Brugge has broken through in a group where it was the lowest-ranked team.

In previous years, it just didnt work out for us. We felt this year would be different, said Mignolet, the former Liverpool goalkeeper who had nine saves at Atltico on Wednesday.

Portos 3-0 win at Leverkusen in coach Xabi Alonsos Champions League debut in the dugout for the Germans lifted the two-time European champion into second place two points clear of Atltico. They meet in Portugal in the sixth and final round on Nov. 1.

When Liverpool trailed after 17 minutes at Rangers, it shaped to be another tough night in this stuttering start to the season where Jurgen Klopps team has yet to win on the road.

Seven minutes later Roberto Firmino leveled and the Brazil forward added a second in the 55th. Darwin Nunez, Salah and finally Harvey Elliott padded the lead.

Liverpool moved six points clear of third-placed Ajax in Group A and needs just a draw from their game in Amsterdam in two weeks.