Sunday 19 November 2017

Pizzaro nets treble as Bayern run riot

Claudio Pizarro scored a 15-minute hat-trick as Bayern Munich pulverised Lille 6-1 in their Champions League Group F tie, eliminating the French side and taking a big step towards the round of 16.

The 34-year-old, in the starting line-up only because top scorer Mario Mandzukic was ill, notched the Champions League's third-fastest hat-trick as Bayern recorded the biggest half-time lead in the competition's history.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben scored from free- kicks and Toni Kroos was on the mark in the second half as Bayern rode roughshod over Lille, who briefly cut the lead with a Salomon Kalou goal. Bayern's win put them on nine points in the group alongside Valencia, who beat BATE Borisov 4-2. BATE are on six with bottom-placed Lille having lost all four group matches.

Elsewhere, Juventus bounced back from their first Serie A loss in two seasons with a comfortable 4-0 win over Danish side Nordsjaelland in Chelsea's Group E.

Claudio Marchisio put the Italian champions ahead six minutes in, Arturo Vidal doubled the lead in the 23rd and Sebastian Giovinco added another in the 37th. Substitute Fabio Quagliarella sealed the victory in the 75th minute.

Irish Independent

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