This Tuesday was the start of the Champions League group stage! The evening had begun with Chelsea’s surprise defeat on Dinamo Zagreb’s pitch (1-0) and Borussia Dortmund’s resounding 3-0 victory against Copenhagen. For the tour at 9 pm, logically we had this afternoon’s poster for PSG against Juventus, but also the presentation of the defending champion, Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s men traveled to Glasgow to face Celtic. An always complicated journey, especially because the Scots put a hell of a rhythm in this game, preventing the people from Madrid from developing their game, even nailing a powerful shot from McGregor on the upright (20th). Real Madrid was clearly not serene, and also had to watch as an injured Karim Benzema left the pitch shortly before the half hour mark to make way for Eden Hazard, who even quickly had a magnificent opportunity to restart the Belgian against the goalkeeper in a Carvajal center, but it was missing.
Scoreboard parity at halftime therefore, and obligation for the people of Madrid to do better after returning from the locker room. Without a 9. And when Benzema isn’t or isn’t inspired, the people of Madrid can count on a man… After a long cross from Valverde from the right wing, Vinicius Junior came down hard on the opposite side and sent the leather to the bottom of a nice flat foot (0-1, 56). Minutes later, Luka Modric signed the 2-0. After a great individual action by Eden Hazard, the Belgian turned the Croatian around. The latter, with some success since his shot was hit by Hart, scored with a nice standing outside (0-2, 60th). Well, in their meeting, contrary to what happened in the first half, the Whites They were going to break the match thanks to Hazard. After a nice collective action, Carvajal returned to play for the former Chelsea player, who finished perfectly ahead of Hart (0-3, 77th).
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Haaland is still brilliant
For his part, another great favorite for the final coronation began his European adventure on Tuesday night. Manchester City traveled to the south of Spain to face a Sevilla in total crisis (one point in four league games). Very quickly, Pep Guardiola’s herd took over. First in the game, then on the scoreboard. Served by De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, at the far post, stepped on to calmly beat Bono (0-1, 20th). Dominant, the Citizens still had to face an Andalusian formation that tried to respond, while De Bruyne failed the face-to-face that would have made the break (49th). Phil Foden didn’t miss him. Served by Cancelo in the area, the Englishman signed some fake shots to deceive the defense and then placed the ball flush with Bono’s left post (0-2, 58th). It did not end, as a shot by Sergio Gómez deflected by the Sevillian goalkeeper, Haaland, well placed, pushed the ball deep (0-3, 66th). Double for the Norwegian, and resounding success for his family, who nailed the show via Ruben Dias in added time (0-4, 90 + 2).
In Group H, PSG’s other two rivals met in Lisbon, where Benfica hosted Maccabi Haifa. A duel won without too many complications by the Portuguese team (2-0), with successes by Rafa Silva and Alejandro Grimaldo, author of a real goal with a missile in the middle of the skylight. The Lisbon side are thus at the head of the group, ahead of PSG thanks to goal difference. AC Milan traveled to Austria to face RB Salzburg. If Okafor had opened the scoring for the hosts, Saelemaekers equalized shortly before the break. The score did not move, and the Italian champion and the Austrian champion left with the score of 1-1. The other team from the famous energy drink, RB Leipzig, lost considerably to Shakhtar. Thanks to a brilliant Mudryk, the Ukrainians mastered their theme quite well and won with a score of 4-1. A great show of force!
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