UEFA Champions League

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AFTER MATCHDAY TWO : Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Sherrif Tiraspol lead their respective group with a perfect winning start.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Sheriff are the leaders in their respective group with a 100% winning start.

Sebastien Haller [Ajax] is the top scorer with 5 goals.
RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski are directly behind with 4 goals each.

RB Leipzig, AC Milan! Sporting CP, Malmo FF, and Barcelona are without a point.

There are six more rounds left of the group stage.

 

 

MATCHDAY ONE

GROUP A

Paris Saint-Germain – 4 points
Club Brugge – 4 points
Manchester City – 3 points
RB Leipzig – 0 points

RB Leipzig is the only team in Group A without a win after two rounds.
Manchester City got a winning start at home and is now joined by Paris St. Germain.
Club Brugge used a win away to stay unbeaten and picked up a win away to grab 4 points.
Paris St. Germain and Club Brugge are on four points, Manchester City on three, and RB Leipzig is bottom of Group A without a point.

 

RB Leipzig 1-2 Club Brugge
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Manchester City

Christopher Nkunku opened the scoring for the match with his 4th goal of the new tournament. Nkunku’s goal gave RB Leipzig a lead in the 5th minute but it didn’t last. Club Brugge was a goal up before the end of the opening half; with goals coming from Hans Vanaken in the 22nd minute before he assisted Mats Rits to score the winning goal in the 40th minute.

PSG fends off Manchester City to pick up their first win of the new tournament.
Lionel Messi opened his scoring for Paris St. Germain when he scored the insurance goal in the second half to add to the 8th minute lead Idrissa Gana Gueye had given the team.

 

GROUP B
Liverpool – 6 points
Atlético Madrid – 4 points
Porto – 1 point
Milan – 0 points


Liverpool stayed with a winning start to top Group B by two points.

Atletico Madrid follows Liverpool in the standings through a late win at Milan.
Porto and AC Milan are winless, but it is AC Milan that remain pointless after losing their opening matches.

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético Madrid
Porto 1-5 Liverpool

A late penalty awarded deep into the additional time allowed Luis Suarez to get the winning goal for Atletico Madrid and break the hearts of AC Milan(and supporters) in their first Champions League home match since 2014. AC Milan took the lead in the 20th minute with a goal from Rafael Leao but was reduced to 10 men when Franck Kessie was sent off for yellow card accumulation 9 minutes later. AC Milan held on to the lead till Antoinne Griezmann scored the equalizing goal in the 84th minute.

{Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino} Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool default front three provided the 5 goals to comfortably make it two wins from two games. Mohamed Salah and his substitute Roberto Firmino scored two goals.

 

GROUP C
Ajax – 6 points
Borussia Dortmund – 6 points
Beşiktaş – 0 points
Sporting CP – 0 points


A group of two halves.

The winners in the opening round played at home in the second round and picked up wins without needing a goal in the second half.
Ajax beat Besiktas, while Dortmund beat Sporting CP to create a table with two teams on six points and the other two without a point.

Ajax 2-0 Beşiktaş
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sporting CP

Sebastien Haller scored his 5th goal in two Champions League games to double the goals for Ajax in their win at home over Besiktas.

Donyell Malen’s goal in the 37th minute was enough to get Dortmund the win at home against Sporting CP.

 

 

GROUP D
Sheriff Tiraspol – 6 points
Real Madrid – 3 points
Inter Milan – 1 point
Shakhtar Donetsk – 1 point


Who would’ve thought that Sheriff will be leading a group that consists of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Shakhtar Donetsk?

Not only is Sheriff leading in Group D, they’ve done so with the maximum points. Sheriff Tiraspol is the only team in the group without a defeat.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter Milan
Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff Tiraspol

It was a goalless draw in Ukraine between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter Milan. Both teams remain winless after two matches.

The highlighted result of the day was Sheriff Tiraspol winning at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Sheriff Tiraspol; the first-ever Moldovan team to take part in a UEFA Champions League won (away) against the most decorated club in the competition’s history.
Sheriff Tiraspol had to restore their lead with a late goal to take all the three points after a soft penalty was award to Real Madrid to allow Karim Benzema {in the 65th minute} to cancel the lead Djasur Yakhshibaev had given Sheriff in the 25th minute.

 

 

MATCHDAY TWO

GROUP E
Bayern Munich – 6 points
Benfica – 4 points
Dynamo Kyiv – 1 point
Barcelona – 0 points


Bayern Munich is two points dear at the top.

When the group was drawn, not many would’ve expected Barcelona is at the bottom of the league without a point or a goal after two matches in.

Benfica 3-0 Barcelona
Bayern Munich 5-0 Dynamo Kyiv

 

Darwin Nunez scored a brace in Benfica’s 3-0 win against Barcelona. Barcelona start their Champions League campaign with a consecutive 3-0 defeat. Six goals down and none scored. Barcelona is bottom of Group E with nothing positive to point to.

The hammering was somewhat expected. Dynamo Kyiv didn’t stand a chance in Munich against a well-oiled Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals to get Bayern Munich a first-half lead that was stretched by goals from Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Bayern starts their campaign with +8 goal difference and a 100% winning record. (No surprise).

 

GROUP F
Atalanta – 4 points
Young Boys – 3 points
Manchester United – 3 points
Villarreal – 1 point


Atalanta moved to the top of the standings through a narrow victory over Young Boys.

Villarreal gave up a lead and failed to capitalize on their performance against Manchester United. The resulting defeat caused Villarreal to be the only side without a win in the group.

Atalanta 1-0 Young Boys
Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal

Matteo Pessina scored the winner in the 68th minute for Atalanta to take a win at home against Young Boys.

A late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo completed the comeback for Manchester United to come from a goal down to win 2-1 at home against Villarreal.

 

GROUP G
Red Bull Salzburg – 4 points
Sevilla – 2 points
Wolfsburg – 2 points
Lille – 1 points


After the first round of games ended without winners, RB Salzburg used a 2-1 victory against Lille to be the first and only side in Group G with a win after two matches.

Sevilla saved their day with a point at Wolfsburg.

RB Salzburg 2-1 Lille
Wolfsburg 1-1 Sevilla

Karim Adeyemi scored from the penalty spot on two occasions to get RB Salzburg the victory against Lille, while an Ivan Rakitic penalty in the 87th minute stopped Sevilla from a defeat at Wolfsburg.

 

 

 

GROUP H
Juventus – 6 points
Chelsea – 3 points
Zenit Saint Petersburg – 3 points
Malmö FF – 0 points


Juventus beat Chelsea to take the top spot in Group H.

Zenit Saint Petersburg 4-0 Malmö FF
Juventus 1-0 Chelsea

Zenit St. Petersburg ended an 8 game winless run in the Champions League with a 4-0 win against Malmo FF. The result gets Zenit points on the board while leaving Malmo FF the only team without a point in Group H.

Federico Chiesa scored straight from the halftime break to get Juventus a 1-0 lead that lasted to the final whistle. Juventus became the first team to beat the reigning champions. The result sent Juventus to the top of the standings in Group H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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