Awer Mabil scores for Midtjylland, Liverpool lose, Manchester City advance

Ryan Gravenberch struck a stunning long-range shot on target straight after the resumption to break the deadlock and Noussair Mazraoui added a second within 120 seconds to ensure the Dutch club moved up to seven points from their four matches in the group.

David Neres added a third goal in the 66th minute with a left-footed screamer, almost struck from outside the penalty area, while Midtjylland got the late consolation penalty through Mabil.

Awer Mabil scores a penalty for Danish club side FC Midtjylland.Credit:Getty

Ajax are now only two points behind leaders Liverpool, and still just ahead on goal difference over Atalanta, who upset the English champions 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday.

Lassina Traore missed two easy-looking chances in the first half, and struck the crossbar with a curling shot, while Zakaria Labyed was also close as Ajax failed to turn early dominance into goals.

But the 18-year-old Gravenberch enhanced his growing reputation as he thundered the ball home in the 47th minute, quickly followed by Mazraoui’s goal which came at the end of a long downfield run by the fullback, who was set up by a deft pass into his path from captain Dusan Tadic.

Brazilian Neres looked to go one better than Gravenberch with a strike from even further out, and with the left foot, to make it 3-0 to the home side at the Amsterdam Arena.

Awer Mabil of FC Midtjylland is fouled by Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax.

Awer Mabil of FC Midtjylland is fouled by Noussair Mazraoui of Ajax.Credit:Getty

Mazraoui gave away a penalty when he tripped Australian international Mabil, who got up off the turf to convert the 80th-minute spot kick and reduce the deficit.

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

Josip Ilicic and Robin Gosens scored goals in a five-minute span midway through the second half to gain a measure of revenge for their 5-0 thrashing by the English champions in the first match of their double-header three weeks ago.

“My only interest at the moment is that we got the thumbs-up, nobody injured, recover immediately … the boys are completely disappointed, frustrated, but really, we don’t have time for it, to be honest, just get fresh legs as quick as possible and go again,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp told BT Sport.

Champions League matchday 4 results

Wednesday AEDT

  • Rennes 1 Chelsea 2
  • Krasnodar 1 Sevilla 2
  • Manchester United 4 Istanbul Basaksehir 1
  • Dynamo Kyiv 0 Barcelona 4
  • PSG 1 RB Leipzig 0
  • Lazio 3 Zenit St Petersburg 1
  • Borussia Dortmund 3 Club Brugge 0
  • Juventus 2 Ferencvaros 1

Thursday AEDT

  • Olympiacos 0 Manchester City 1
  • Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 Shakhtar Donetsk 0
  • Marseille 0 Porto 2
  • Liverpool 0 Atalanta 2
  • Inter Milan 0 Real Madrid 2
  • Bayern Munich 3 RB Salzburg 1
  • Atletico Madrid 0 Lokomotiv Moscow 0
  • Ajax 3 Midtjylland 1

Earlier, Phil Foden sent Pep Guardiola another reminder of his scoring ability by earning Manchester City a 1-0 win at Olympiacos, clinching the English team a place in the knockout stage for an eighth straight season.

The highly-rated 20-year-old forward is the rising star in City’s squad but has been unable to secure regular game time in the Premier League this season despite the team’s unfamiliar struggles in front of goal.

Guardiola gave Foden a start against the Greek champions in Piraeus and the England international responded by sweeping in the only goal of the game in the 36th minute after meeting a backheel from Raheem Sterling with a first-time shot.

In a game that often resembled an attack vs defence training drill, City failed to make their dominance count in terms of goals but barely allowed Olympiacos into the visitors’ penalty area, ultimately strolling to a victory that guarantees a top-two finish in Group C.

Manchester City's Phil Foden, centre, after scoring the only goal of the game against Olympiakos.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden, centre, after scoring the only goal of the game against Olympiakos.Credit:AP

“Unfortunately we could only score one goal but the team is alive,” Guardiola said.

“Today we were much more incredible, much more aggressive. It’s not easy (against a defense) with nine players but our pressing was so good.”


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

The team have never won Europe’s elite competition despite the vast spending of its Abu Dhabi ownership, and Guardiola hasn’t led a side to the title since the second of his triumphs with Barcelona in 2011.

Porto all but guaranteed they would advance with a 2-0 victory over winless Marseille.

The Portuguese club are six points and 10 goals clear of Olympiacos with two matches remaining.

In the other early match Thursday (AEDT), Borussia Moenchengladbach scored three times in a powerful first half before cruising past Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 to stay top of Group B with two matches remaining.


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‘Stressed’ driver made wrong decision during street race that killed Bor Mabil, court told

A young Adelaide woman charged over a street race that killed the sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil has suffered a physical attack and been ostracised by her community and church, the District Court has heard.

Bor Mabil was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into a fence at Andrew’s Farm, in Adelaide’s north, in January 2019.

Alakiir Kelei Deng, who was driving the other car, faced the District Court today after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and breaching the conditions of her learner’s licence.

The 20-year-old was driving at speed with three passengers inside the car and did not have a qualified supervising driver.

She also had a small amount of alcohol in her system, for which she was not charged.

Prosecutor Leah O’Donnell said Deng would have been driving about 100kph to keep ahead of the other car, driven by Akol Agui Akol, who was jailed over the fatal crash.

“Her vehicle is known to have collided with the curb in almost the same location that Mr Akol’s did … it was a result of that collision that Ms Mabil suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene,” she said.

Deng ‘remorseful’ for fatal street race

Ms O’Donnell said a psychological report gave little insight into the offending and the only explanation for the impromptu street race was youth, inexperience and poor decision-making.

The court heard that Deng was remorseful and not at high risk of reoffending.

Six victim impact statements were read in court, including from the victim’s mother.

The white Audi sedan in which Bor Mabil, sister of Socceroos player Awer Mabil, was killed.(ABC News)

“Every day since my child died, I cannot afford to spend 30 minutes without thinking and crying about the death.”

She also outlined the costs she had incurred since her daughter’s death, including for the funeral and to accommodate family and friends who had arrived to pay their respects.

Deng’s lawyer said he accepted the facts laid out by the prosecutor.

He said the accused encouraged Akol, but would not have known he was impaired by alcohol and MDMA.

“It was a poor decision based on the driving conditions at the time.

“She was under circumstances of some heightened stress. Noises in the car, flashing high beams, rapid approach of Mr Akol from behind.”

“She made the poor decision to try to remain in front rather than pull-over … as a result of her youth and inexperience and excitement in the moment.”

Accused abused over Facebook

Deng’s lawyer also outlined how Ms Deng had been outcast from her community and church since the incident.

“She received abuse on Facebook and people stopped visiting her home,” he said.

Judge Michael Boylan said he might order a home detention report but Deng should not “get her hopes up about that”.

She will be sentenced at a later date.

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