Argentinians took centre stage in the Champions League on Tuesday evening with seven goals scored and a hat-trick of assists.
Paulo Dybala scored two goals in three second half minutes to give Juventus a come-from-behind win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Aleksey Miranchuk had given the visitors a surprise lead after half an hour and as Juve struggled to breakdown the resolute Russian defence, Dybala produced a little bit of magic. A wonderful curling strike from outside the box on his left foot levelled it in the 77th minute and shortly after the 25-year-old fired in a second on the rebound.
Under Mauricio Sarri, Dybala is in fine form for Juve and while Argentina are yet to see anything like this level, Lionel Scaloni remains keen on the forward.
BOOM 💥💥 #ucl #finoallafine ⚪️⚫️ #JuveLokomotiv pic.twitter.com/ykcZF2Tw91
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 22, 2019
Paris Saint-German made it three wins from three in Group A with a 5-0 thrashing of Club Brugge and while Kylian Mbappe rightly drew praise for his hat-trick off the bench, Mauro Icardi scored twice and Ángel Di María was at his best with three assists.
Icardi started the rout after seven minutes sweeping in a Di María cross and it remained that way until Mbappe’s introduction just before the hour mark.
The French youngster headed PSG’s second soon after and then set up Icardi for the third.
Mauro Icardi has scored 5 goals in his last 4 goals for Paris 🔥🔥🔥#UCL pic.twitter.com/AVjnFP3ndK
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 22, 2019
Di María would be the provider for the next two goals and his outside of the boot through-ball for Mbappe to wrap up the win and complete his hat-trick was sensational.
PSG now only need a point from their next game, the return match against Brugges, to secure a place in the last 16.
No player has been involved in more sequences ending in goals than Angel Di Maria in this season’s Champions League 😇 #MoversAndMakers pic.twitter.com/Cy2W4oFekd
— Goal (@goal) October 22, 2019
And the goals didn’t stop there. Sergio Agüero also struck twice as Manchester City came from behind to sweep aside Atalanta.
Ruslan Malinovskyi had given the Italians a shock lead from the penalty spot but City were soon back on level terms, Agüero poking in from close range before turning things round before half time with the game’s second penalty.
Agüero’s latest brace took his tally to 34 in the Champions League for City – the third-highest number of any player for an English club.
Most #UCL goals scored for an English club in the Champions League:
🔵 Didier Drogba (36)
🔴 Thierry Henry (35)
🔴 Ruud van Nistelrooy (35)
🔵 Sergio Agüero (34)
Kun is closing in on the kings. 👑 pic.twitter.com/5dn1TtvQvy
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 22, 2019
Raheem Sterling scored a second half hat-trick to seal a 5-1 win and with it City will claim a place in the last 16 for the seventh successive season with victory in Italy next.
And Tottenham Hotspur completed a good night for the English clubs with a 5-0 thrashing off Red Star Belgrade.
After their humbling defeat to Bayern Munich last time out, Mauricio Pochettino’s side responded in style and Erik Lamela played a key role.
Celebrating his 200th appearance at the club, Lamela delivered the corner from which Harry Kane headed the opener, produced a splendid assist to create the second for Son Heung-min and got himself on the scoresheet to make it 4-0 during the second half.
Giovani Lo Celso came off the bench as the midfielder steps up his return to fitness and Spurs will hope that both can provide a real boost over the coming weeks after a poor run of form.
👤 200th appearance
⚽️ 1 goal
🅰️ 2 assists
A great night for Erik Lamela#THFC pic.twitter.com/U7RbSvEjqF
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) October 22, 2019