Australia’s only representative of the Champions League, Awer Mabil, scored his first goal in Europe’s most important competition, but that was as good as for Danish team Midtjylland, who fell 3-1 against Ajax Amsterdam on matchday four

In other results on Thursday (AEDT), defending champions Bayern and the multi-year powerhouse Real Madrid achieved easy victories

The Germans remain unbeaten after four games and reach the knockout round, although they dropped to 10 in the 3-1 win against Salzburg, while Madrid are second in their group after a 2-0 away win against Inter Milan

Ajax missed a number of chances in the first half but quickly scored early in the second to stay in second place in Group D

Ryan Gravenberch hit a stunning long-range shot right after the shot was resumed, and Noussair Mazraoui added a second in 120 seconds to ensure the Dutch club rose to seven points from their four games in the group

David Neres scored in the 66 Minute a third goal with a scream with the left foot, which was almost hit from outside the penalty area, while Midtjylland received the late consolation penalty through Mabil

Ajax are only two points behind leaders Liverpool and are still just ahead due to the goal difference against Atalanta, who annoyed the English champions 2-0 in Anfield

Lassina Traore missed two good looking chances in the first half and hit the crossbar with a curling shot, while Zakaria Labyed was also close as Ajax failed to convert early dominance into goals

But 18-year-old Gravenberch improved his growing reputation when he was 47 Minute, the ball thundered home, followed by Mazraoui’s goal, which fell at the end of a long field of the full-back through a clever pass in his way by captain Dusan Tadic

The Brazilian Neres wanted to do better than Gravenberch with a goal from an even greater distance and with his left foot and scored the 3-0 for the home team in the Amsterdam Arena

Mazraoui missed a penalty when he tripped Australia international Mabil, who got off the grass to take the 80th free kick Minute and reduce the deficit

At Anfield, Atalanta’s two goals came in quick succession as the Serie A side rekindled their hopes of qualifying for the last 16

Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored goals in five minutes in the middle of the second half in order to take revenge for the 5-0 win against the English champions in the first game of their double headed ball three weeks ago

“My only interest at the moment is that we have the thumbs up, nobody hurts, we recover immediately. The guys are completely disappointed, frustrated, but we really don’t have time for that, to be honest Just get your legs fresh as soon as possible and go again, “Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport

Earlier, Phil Foden had reminded coach Pep Guardiola of his scoring opportunity by bringing Manchester City a 1-0 win at Olympiacos and securing the English team a knockout spot for the eighth consecutive year

The highly rated 20-year-old striker is the rising star in City’s squad, but has not been able to secure regular time in the Premier League this season despite the team’s unfamiliar fighting in front of goal

Guardiola gave Foden a start against the Greek champions in Piraeus and the England international responded by playing in 36 Scored the only goal in the game after hitting a Raheem Sterling’s rear wheel for the first time

In a game that often resembled offense and defense training, City couldn’t count their dominance in terms of goals but barely let Olympiacos into the visitors’ box and eventually sauntered to a top-2 win – Result guaranteed in group C

“Today we were a lot more incredible, a lot more aggressive. With nine players it’s not easy [against a defense], but our pressure was so good”

City have won all four games so far, which on paper always looked like one of the weakest groups in terms of overall quality

The team has never won the elite European competition despite the huge spending on Abu Dhabi, and Guardiola has not led a team to the title since the second of his triumphs with Barcelona in 2011

The Portuguese club have six points and ten goals ahead of Olympiacos, with two games left

In the other early game on Thursday (AEDT), Borussia Mönchengladbach scored three goals in a strong first half before passing Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 and remaining at the top of Group B with two games left

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Results of the Champions League

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