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UCL: Spurs cruise to crucial victory; Juve fight back, Man City win

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Against their recent form, Tottenham Hotspur secured a thumping victory over Red Star Belgrade in a group game of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Spurs, who had failed to win in their last three games, put up a fine home performance and thrashed their Serbian visitors 5-0, with a brace by Harry Kane, another brace by Son Heung-Min and a goal by Erik Lamela sealing the rout.

With the win, the Mauricio Pochettino side are second in Group B on four points, behind leaders Bayern Munich, who defeated Olympiakos 3-2 in the group’s other game also on Tuesday.

English Premier League champions, Manchester City also eased to a thumping victory at home against Italian side Atalanta, winning 5-1.

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A Ruslan Malinovsky penalty had put the visitors ahead before Sergio Aguero scored a brace and followed by a Raheem Sterling 11-minute hat-trick, before Phil Foden was shown a red card late in the game.

The other game of Group C between Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk earlier on Tuesday ended 2-2, a result that keeps both sides on second and third respectively on the table.

In Group A, Real Madrid defeated Galatasaray 1-0 to ease the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane. In the other group game, Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Club Brugge 5-0, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hatrick while Mauro Icardi bagged a brace.

In Group D, Serie A champions Juventus came from a goal down to beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1, with Paulo Dybala scoring in the 77th and 79th minutes to hand the home side the victory.

In the group’s other game played earlier on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid defeated Bayer Leverkusen 1-0.

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