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Teenager’s 3 Goals, City’s 3 Goalies Spark Champions League

November 7, 2019

GENEVA (AP) — A teenager’s three goals and one team’s three goalkeepers perked up the Champions League on Wednesday as three European powers advanced to the round of 16.

Real Madrid prodigy Rodrygo’s hat trick in a 6-0 rout of Galatasaray gave notice of a fresh young talent on a night when the familiar names of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain won to take their usual places in the knockout rounds.

The wealthy trio was the first wave of teams to advance with two group-stage games to spare.

Manchester City missed a chance to join them as it had to use three keepers — including defender Kyle Walker in emergency duty — in a 1-1 draw at Atalanta.

Madrid is heavily favored to advance after unleashing its 18-year-old Brazilian at Santiago Bernabeu stadium to make his mark on the storied competition.

Rodrygo scored twice in the opening seven minutes of his home Champions League debut. No player has scored two goals faster in a game in 28 seasons since the European Cup was rebranded.

Tottenham was also impressive in winning 4-0 at Red Star Belgrade but has more to do in the group led by Bayern.

TEENAGE SENSATION

Rodrygo was just 17 when Madrid agreed in June 2018 to pay Santos a reported 45 million euros ($52 million) for him to come to Spain one year later.

His first Champions League action was in Madrid’s 1-0 win at Galatasaray last month, and his second was stunning.

A slick left foot shot and soaring glanced header put Madrid up early, and it was 4-0 at halftime when Rodrygo took advantage of slack defending to set up Karim Benzema for a tap-in.

Rodrygo got his third with the last kick of the game, sliding the ball past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera after more good interplay with Benzema.

Madrid should advance from Group A despite trailing Paris Saint-Germain by five points.

PSG got a fourth straight win with a 1-0 home victory against third-placed Club Brugge, which trails Madrid by five points. PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas saved a second-half penalty to preserve the win.

CRAZY GOALIES

A curious night for goalkeepers saw Manchester City use three, and Shakhtar Donetsk’s win a game-saving penalty deep into stoppage time.

City’s first-choice keeper Ederson went off injured after 31 minutes in Atalanta, with his team leading by Raheem Sterling’s goal.

Substitute Claudio Bravo was later sent off for racing out of the penalty area to bring down an attacker, leaving defender Kyle Walker to come off the bench in the 88th to put on the gloves. Walker made one save from a free kick and was protected by his defense through eight minutes if stoppage time.

Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar were level at 1-1 and both down to 10 men late in the game. Dinamo then scored twice before the 90-minute mark to go 3-1 up, but conceded three minutes into stoppage time.

Five minutes later, Tete leveled a wild match from the spot with a penalty given when his goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov — who had come up to attack a corner — was fouled in the box.

Man City leads Group C by five points from Shakhtar and Dinamo, though the Ukrainians are in second place on a head-to-head tiebreaker.

PINBALL WIZARDS

Tottenham netted the wildest goal of the night to open the scoring in Belgrade. A flurry of activity in the Red Star goalmouth saw Harry Kane’s shot strike a post and Son Heung-min’s shot rebound off the bar before Giovani Lo Celso score from close range.

Son later scored twice as last season’s beaten finalist followed up a 5-0 home win over Red Star last month.

Bayern leads the group with a maximum 12 points, five ahead of Tottenham which is four clear of Red Star.

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer

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