Reds rampant, ECL wins for Real and City

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Striker Diogo Jota netted his first hat-trick for Liverpool as they thrashed Atalanta 5-0 on Tuesday to go five points clear at the top of Champions League Group D after three straight wins.

Jota's treble continued his scintillating start to his Liverpool career while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet in a superb display from Juergen Klopp's Premier League champions.

Jota latched on to a pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold and held off Jose Luis Palomino before delicately flicking the ball past Marco Sportiello in the 16th minute.

The Portugal forward, who arrived from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September, made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, controlling a raking pass from Joe Gomez with his left foot before firing home with his right.

With the home side reeling, Salah scored a super solo goal two minutes into the second half, collecting a clearance from Andy Robertson and running from the halfway line before curling the ball in at the far post.

Minutes later it was Mane's turn to make it 4-0 with a sublime chipped finish before Jota completed his hat-trick with another coolly-taken effort in the 55th for his seventh goal in his first 10 appearances for Liverpool.

In Manchester, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo were on target as Manchester City scored a 3-0 win over Olympiakos at the Etihad Stadium.

Torres put City ahead in the 12th minute, playing a smart one-two with Kevin De Bruyne before confidently slotting home for his third goal in as many games in the competition.

While the Greek side rarely threatened, City needed another goal to ease their nerves and it came from substitute Gabriel Jesus in the 81st minute, the Brazilian hammering a shot in from close range at the near post after being slipped in by De Bruyne.

Defender Joao Cancelo made sure of the points in the 90th minute, which leaves City in a commanding position at the top of the group, with a well-placed shot from outside of the area.

Real Madrid earned their first win of this season's competition when they beat Inter Milan 3-2.

Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Real in cruise control within 33 minutes, but Lautaro Martinez halved the deficit before half-time.

Ivan Perisic equalised midway through the second period before Rodrygo secured Madrid's win late on.

Midtjyland started again with Socceroos striker Awer Mabil in Denmark but the hosts were beaten 2-1 by Ajax.

Bayern Munich came from behind to crush RB Salzburg 6-2 with two goals from Robert Lewandowski.

Jerome Boateng, Leroy Sane and Lucas Hernandez added to Rasmus Kristensen's own goal to complete the scoring for the Germans.

Mergim Berisha scored in the fourth minute for Leipzig while Masaya Okugawa also got on the scoresheet for the hosts.

In Portugal, Porto beat Olympique de Marseille 3-0 in Group C, leaving Andre Villas Boas' team on the brink of elimination.

Moussa Marega, Sergio Oliveira with a penalty and Luis Diaz found the back of the net, while Dimitri Payet missed an early penalty for Marseille.

Earlier, an Alassane Plea hat-trick crowned Borussia Moenchengladbach's irresistible display in a 6-0 victory away to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Atletico Madrid were held 1-1 at Lokomotiv Moscow, after the visitors led through Jose Gimenez but Anton Miranchuk levelled from the penalty spot.

Diego Simeone's side pressed for the win and had a Luis Suarez goal chalked off for offside.