Lukaku gets Inter out of jail

UEFA Champions League

Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

A late effort from Romelu Lukaku got Inter Milan out of jail at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in their UEFA Champions League Group B opener on Wednesday evening.

Inter started without Achraf Hakimi, who tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of the clash, which allowed Matteo Darmian to make his debut.

Lukaku gave Inter the lead four minutes from the halftime period, but a penalty from fullback Ramy Bensebaini put the visitors level minutes later and were ahead late on through Jonas Hofmann.

With a defeat looming, the Nerazzurri threw bodies forward in the final minutes and were rewarded when Lukaku came up with the equaliser to force a point apiece.

FC Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta

Atalanta gave tournament debutants FC Midtjylland a rude welcome to Europe’s elite with a 4-0 thumping to go on top of Group D.

The free-scoring side from Bergamo were three goals up at the break courtesy of Duvan Zapata, Alejandro Gomez and Luis Muriel with Aleksei Miranchuk putting the icing on the cake late on.

Olympiakos FC 1-0 Olympique Marseille

Egyptian international Ahmed Hassan came off the bench to guide Olympiakos FC to a 1-0 win over Olympique Marseille in the opening clash in Group C.

Marseille looked for all money to have secured a draw towards fulltime, but Hassan propped up at the death to head home a cross to join Manchester City at the top of the group.