Champions League.. Strong start for Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City

French clubs Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, the Spanish champions and Manchester City have made strong starts to their European Champions League campaign with important and comprehensive victories.

At the Parc des Princes, Saint-Germain, trying to become the second French side to win the continental title after Marseille in 1993, managed to settle the top-flight match against Italian Juventus in their favour, 2-1.

The French capital team showed two different faces over the course of the two halves. It was scary in the first and managed to score his two goals, before his performance declined in the second, but he achieved the most important with a winner over his main rival in this group.

Commenting on his side’s result, Mbappe said: “We achieved the most important thing. Maybe we could have scored more in the second half and put ourselves in a safe place. Anyway, we are happy with this result. “

The hosts scored early when Neymar sent a wonderful ball over the defense to Mbappe, who followed it into the net “on the fly” (5).

Italian giants Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved his goal from a sure goal when he produced a wonderful reaction to stop Marseille’s Polish striker Erkadiusz Milik, 19.

Mbappe also added the second goal after the Italian Marco Verratti and the Moroccan Ashraf Hakimi exchanged the ball for the latter to pass it on a plate of gold to Mbappe to follow “on the fly” also into the net (22) .

Mbappe played his 54th Champions League game against Monaco and Saint-Germain, scoring 35 goals and contributing 20 assists.

Juventus came down determined to close the gap and indeed succeeded through American substitute Winston McKinney with a header (53).

The Serbian Dusan Vlahovic almost equalized with another header, but Donnarumma brilliantly saved it (55).

Juventus French midfielder Adrien Rabiot tries a long-range shot from outside the area, but it goes wide of the post (58).

Mbappe had an opportunity to score a hat-trick but he couldn’t handle it (64).

Neymar almost settled the result in his team’s favor, but Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin was on the lookout for him (88).

In the same group, Benfica achieved an expected victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel, with two clean sheets.

Real Madrid’s hat-trick

Real Madrid hit Spain hard at the start of the title defense campaign, with their big win over Scottish hosts Celtic 3-0.

The Royal Club, who hold the record for the number of titles in the prestigious continental competition (14), in the first half managed to absorb the great enthusiasm and the strong impulse of the owners of the ground and their nets with three goals smashed. in the second, alternating between the Brazilian Vinicius Junior (56), the Croatian Luka Modric (60) and the Belgian Eden Hazard (77).

The advantage was for the Scottish team at the start of the match by pressing the Royal Club’s defence, which suffered a lot and was confused in dealing with the attacks of the hosts, especially by the Japanese striker, Rio Hatati.

Real Madrid suffered a painful blow with the injury to its captain, French international Karim Benzema, to his right knee, and its Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, bumped Belgium international Eden Hazard (30).

Ancelotti played down the seriousness of the situation, saying: “I don’t think the injury is a concern, according to the initial assessment, but we have to wait for the results of tomorrow’s tests.”

Vinicius managed to open the scoring when he received a wonderful cross from the right from Valverde, followed by the Brazilian international with his right to the left of Hart (56).

Real Madrid consolidated their lead with a second goal from Hazard, who outmaneuvered the Scottish defense from the middle of the pitch and passed a ball on a plate to Modric inside the area, so he in turn beat two defenders manipulated and outplayed it brilliantly. his right foot from close to the right of Hart (60).

Hazard crowned his efforts by hitting the net after a coordinated attack, after which Kroos fed a cross behind the defense to Carvajal, who set it up for the Belgium international, who slotted it home from close range (77) .

In the same group, Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk returned with a victory for Gal from Germany at the expense of its German hosts, Leipzig, with 4-1.

Quad for City

And Manchester City bounced back from Spanish side Sevilla with a remarkable 4-0 win thanks to a brace from their towering Norwegian international striker Arling Haaland.

The City coach praised Haaland, saying: “He has a natural sense of scoring goals. He is always in the right place at the right time.”

Sevilla entered the match having lost 3-0 to Barcelona at the same stadium last weekend, but things were no better as they suffered a tougher loss against their English rivals.

Overall, Sevilla have had a poor season so far, picking up one point from four games in La Liga.

On the other hand, Manchester City, who never won the title of this competition and finished runners-up in 2021, sent a strongly worded message to his other rivals that he is a real candidate to crown it this season.

Giant Halland opened the scoring, capitalizing on a perfect ball from Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to follow it into the net.

City added the second goal after the pass from Portuguese Joao Cancelo to Foden, and the latter manipulated one of the defenders, right and left, before unleashing a ball that hugged the net (58).

Halland added the third goal by capitalizing on a rebound from Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bouno, fired in by Foden (67).

Arling played his 20th game in the Champions League (with Austria’s Salzburg and Germany’s Dortmund), and he scored his twenty-fifth goal in it.

Diach ended the goal celebration in overtime.

In the same group, the German Borussia Dortmund started his career in an ideal way by winning a wide victory over his Danish guests Copenhagen with 3-0.

Dortmund capitalized on a quick counter-attack to open the scoring for veteran captain Marco Reus with a left-footed volley in his side’s first shot on goal (35), taking his tally to 22 goals in 57 Champions League appearances has. League.

Copenhagen did not rise from that obstacle until Portuguese Rafael Guerrero added the second goal after exchanging the ball with American Giovanni Reina (42).

The young Englishman Judd Bellingham sealed the score for the hosts seven minutes before the end of the game with a quick counter-attack.

Chelsea fall

Chelsea, the champions of the season before last, began their career with a resounding fall against their hosts, Dinamo Zagreb, of Croatia, 0-1.

Mislav Orsic scored the game’s only goal in the 13th minute to extend his side’s unbeaten record at his “Maximir” Stadium to 20 matches in various competitions.

Chelsea, who spent around 300 million euros in the last summer transfers, appeared at a disappointing level and the failure of its stars to break the defensive block of the owners of the country and create real opportunities to score.

Chelsea had the advantage from the start and looked to open the scoring more than once, but his efforts did not pose a major threat to the goal of the owners of the ground.

Dinamo Zagreb managed to open the scoring against the run of play from a counter-attack started by Austrian defender Robert Ljubicic from his team’s penalty area when he cut an attack for the London side, and played the long ball to Bruno Petkovic, who prepared. he headed it to Mislav Orsic, who started from the center of the field and entered the area alone with goalkeeper Kepa before playing it with his right, with a wonderful touch on his left, hugging the empty goal (13).

Gabonese striker Aubameyang scored a goal that was canceled out due to offside left-back Ben Chilwell, who had the decisive pass (49).

And Tuchel paid the Italian Jorginho and the Albanian Armando Bruya in place of the Croatian Mateo Kovacic and Aubameyang (59), when he played the last two cards, the Spanish defender Marc Cucurella and the American Christian Pulisic in place of Chilwell (71 ) and Rahim Sterling (75).

Nevertheless, the London club’s woes continued without a goal threat, the most prominent effort coming when he denied left-hander Reece James an equalizer by returning his powerful shot from inside the area (86) , then goalkeeper, Dominic Levakovic, saved. his goal from an investigator by blocking an “on the fly” shot from Walking Distance to Mason Mount (87).

In the same group, Italy’s Milan, the second most awarded team in the competition (7 times), escaped the trap of their Austrian hosts Salzburg and returned with a precious 1-1 draw.

Salzburg were the first to score through Swiss Noah Okafor (28), but Belgian international Alexis Salemaikers equalized in the 40th minute.

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