UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
This is the look of the 2021/22 Champions League group stage at the halfway mark.
Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Ajax, and Juventus complete the first half of the group stage with 100% wins. FC Sheriff lost their streak.
One side of Milan gets their first win, while the other remains pointless.
Inter Milan gets their first win by handing FC Sheriff their first defeat, while AC Milan is beaten in Porto.
Lionel Messi’s brace gets PSG out with a win at home
Liverpool escapes Madrid with a win over Atletico.
Ajax flexed the muscles on Dortmund.
Real Madrid didn’t allow the repeat of last season’s match-up against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Benfica held on till the final 20 minutes of regulation time but Leroy Sane’s freekick goal opened the way for a 4-0 win for Bayern Munich.
Gerard Pique’s goal got Barcelona their first win of the tournament in a game they didn’t concede.
Atalanta went to Old Trafford for the points to stay top but ended up blowing a 2-0 advantage to leave with nothing.
Villarreal cracked Group F open with a win in Switzerland.
Salzburg is the only team in Group G with a win after beating Wolfsburg.
Juventus stayed perfect with another win and Chelsea got back to a victory after dumping 4 goals on Malmo.
CLUB BRUGGE 1-5 MANCHESTER CITY
PARIS ST. GERMAIN 3-2 RB LEIPZIG
RB Leipzig is still the only team left without points in Group A after defeat in Paris. They had their chances and came from behind to grab a lead in the 57th minute before falling behind due to a Lionel Messi brace.
Club Brugge’s impressive start made it a tricky match for Manchester City but in the end, it was a formality. Manchester City added three goals to their first-half lead to leave with three points from a dominant display in Belgium.
1. Paris Saint-Germain – 7 points
2. Manchester City – 6 points
3. Club Brugge – 4 points
4. RB Leipzig – 0 points
ATLETICO MADRID 2-3 LIVERPOOL
PORTO 1-0 AC MILAN
Liverpool went to Madrid and extended their 100% winning start in the tournament after Mohamed Salah converted from the penalty spot in the 78th minute to get the winning goal in the 5-goal thriller.
Before getting sent off on a red card, Antoine Griezmann scored two goals to even the score before the break. Liverpool was 2-0 up before the 15th minute but was almost denied a win at the end had VAR not rescinded a penalty call that would’ve allowed numerically disadvantaged Atletico Madrid a chance to walk away with a 3-3 draw.
AC Milan and Porto were chasing their first win in the group and Porto made home advantage count. AC Milan is 50% through Group B with 100% defeat.
Luis Diaz’s goal in the 65th minute was all that Porto needed for a win.
1. Liverpool – 9 points
2. Atlético Madrid – 4 points
3. Portugal Porto – 4 points
4. AC Milan – 0 points
BESIKTAS 1-4 SPORTING CP
AJAX 4-0 DORTMUND
The teams with 100% winning start risk it against each other while the teams with a 100% losing start get an opportunity to pick up a point from each other.
Ajax thrashed Dortmund.
Ajax flexed their muscles against Dortmund to be left as the only unbeaten team in Group C. Sebastien Haller capped the performance off with a goal, his 6th of the tournament; his 6th in the three Champions League matches he’s played.
Besiktas is the only teal without a point on board after suffering their third defeat.
Two goals from Sebastien Coates was the foundation that took Sporting CP to the break on a 3-1 lead against Besiktas.
1. Ajax – 9 points
2. Borussia Dortmund – 6 points
3. Sporting CP – 3 points
4. Beşiktaş – 0 points
INTER MILAN 3-1 FC SHERIFF
SHAKHTAR DONETSK 0-5 REAL MADRID
FC Sheriff remain top after their first defeat in Group D, while Inter Milan picked up their first win in the group as a result. Arturo Vidal’s 58th-minute goal restored Inter Milan’s lead after Sebastien Thill got FC Sheriff on level terms in the 52nd minute to cancel Edin Dzeko’s match opening goal.
Real Madrid did not allow the repeat of their last season ties against Shakhtar Donetsk to repeat itself.
It was a resounding victory for Real Madrid to equal FC Sheriff in points and to leave Shakhtar at the bottom of the standings without a win.
1. Sheriff Tiraspol – 6 points
2. Real Madrid – 6 points
3. Inter Milan – 4 points
4. Shakhtar Donetsk – 1 point
BARCELONA 1-0 DYNAMO KYIV
BENFICA 0-4 BAYERN MUNICH
Benfica held on till the final 20 minutes of the regulation time before a Leroy Sane freekick broke the deadlock and opened the floodgates to get Bayern Munich a 4-0 win to keep their 100% winning start.
In the other match, Gerard Pique scored Barcelona’s first goal of the tournament. Fortunately for Barcelona, Pique’s goal was the only goal scored in the match with Dynamo Kyiv.
1. Bayern Munich – 9 points
2. Benfica – 4 points
3. Barcelona – 3 points
4. Dynamo Kyiv – 1 point
MANCHESTER UNITED 3-2 ATALANTA
YOUNG BOYS 1-4 VILLARREAL
It’s a tight race in Group F remains tight but Manchester United climbed to the top of the group after coming from two goals down to complete the comeback and win 3-2 at home against Atalanta.
Bruno Fernades assisted the two goals to get Manchester United even on the score before Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game-winner in the 81st-minute.
Villarreal blew the group open after getting their first win. Villarreal left Switzerland with a 4-1 win against Young Boys.
There is little margin for error for all the teams in Group F.
1. Manchester United – 6 points
2. Villarreal – 4 points
3. Atalanta – 4 points
4. Young Boys – 3 points
SALZBURG 3-1 WOLFSBURG
LILLE 0-0 SEVILLA
Noah Okafor’s brace won and ensured the win for Salzburg in the second half.
Salzburg remained the only winner in Group G by doubling their victory in their victories in the group from a 3-1 win against Wolfsburg.
Sevilla stay unbeaten but winless while Lille stayed winless after a goalless draw.
Salzburg takes a four-point lead in the group and leaves Wolfsburg at the bottom of the pile.
1. Red Bull Salzburg – 7 points
2. Sevilla – 3 points
3. Lille – 2 points
4. Wolfsburg – 2 points
CHELSEA 4-0 MALMO
ZENIT 1-0 JUVENTUS
Juventus made it three wins in three with a narrow victory at Zenit while Chelsea got back to a win to keep Malmo without one.
1. Juventus – 9 points
2. Chelsea – 6 points
3. Zenit Saint Petersburg – 3 points
4. Malmö – 0 points
Sebatien Haller (Ajax) – 6 goals
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 5 goals
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 5 goals