BERLIN (AP) — It used to be a story of 3 strikers because the Champions League staff level began on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored however misplaced on his go back with Manchester United, then Robert Lewandowski and Romelu Lukaku each led their groups to victory of their opening video games.
Ronaldo and United had been disenchanted in a overdue 2-1 loss at Swiss champion Younger Boys, Lewandowski scored two as Bayern Munich eased to a 3-Zero win in Barcelona, and Lukaku’s second-half header gave protecting champion Chelsea a 1-Zero win over Zenit St. Petersburg.
Juventus received 3-Zero at Malmö, and Sevilla held Salzburg 1-1 after the guests ignored two consequences in a recreation with 4.
Ronaldo struck early in his first Champions League recreation for United since dropping the 2009 ultimate, however American ahead Jordan Pefok had the final giggle in a dramatic 2-1 win in Bern.
Ronaldo didn’t take lengthy to make his mark in his record-equaling 177th look within the festival – squeezing his shot underneath goalkeeper David von Ballmoos within the 13th minute after an excellent move from Bruno Fernandes.
Most effective Ronaldo’s former Actual Madrid teammate Iker Casillas has as many Champions League appearances.
Then again, United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka used to be despatched off within the 35th for a nasty problem and the house group pressed its benefit within the ultimate 3rd of the sport.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu equalized within the 66th and Pefok capitalized on a deficient again cross from Jesse Lingard to attain Bern’s dramatic winner within the final minute of damage time.
Robin Gosens’ equalizer earned Italian group Atalanta a 2-2 draw at Villarreal within the different Workforce F recreation.
BARÇA DOMINATED, AGAIN
Bayern hammered Barcelona 8-2 within the groups’ final assembly within the quarterfinals in 2020, and the house aspect appeared scared of any other rout after its summer time of upheaval noticed the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern may have received via extra however shall be pleased with 3-Zero after any other dominant efficiency.
Thomas Müller scored with a deflected shot within the 33rd minute to make sure Bayern scored for the 23rd consecutive Champions League recreation, a membership checklist.
The guests were pushing tougher and it appeared just a topic of time ahead of the step forward would come. Müller’s shot struck Eric García’s again to lie to Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
Lewandowski were given the second one within the 56th on a rebound after 18-year-old Jamal Musiala’s effort struck the publish.
It stretched Lewandowski’s scoring run to 18 consecutive video games throughout all competitions for Bayern. However that didn’t imply he had sufficient.
The Poland celebrity scored his moment purpose within the 85th, once more after a teammate — Serge Gnabry — hit the publish, despite the fact that there used to be lots for Lewandowski to do as he slotted the ball previous a bunch of defenders.
Additionally in Workforce E, Mykola Shaparenko concept he’d scored a overdue winner for Dynamo Kyiv over Benfica, however the purpose used to be dominated out via VAR for offside to depart the rating 0-0.
LUKAKU THE DIFFERENCE
Chelsea needed to wait till the 69th minute for Lukaku to make the step forward in opposition to a cussed St. Petersburg protection. The Belgium ahead towered above a defender to satisfy César Azpilicueta’s move with a header for his fourth purpose in as many video games for Chelsea since his go back from Inter Milan.
Additionally in Workforce H, Juventus’ go back and forth to Malmö got here on the proper time for the Italian group to recover from Ronaldo’s departure. The Bianconeri were suffering with only one level from its opening 3 video games in Serie A.
However the Swedish air looked as if it would invigorate the guests, as Alex Sandro headed Juve right into a 23rd-minute lead, Paulo Dybala added a penalty simply ahead of halftime, and there used to be nonetheless time ahead of the ruin for Alvaro Morata to chip the goalkeeper for the group’s 3rd.
4 consequences had been awarded within the first 1/2 of Salzburg’s recreation at Sevilla, however the guests ignored two, leaving the rating 1-1. A heavy rain bathe added to the drama because it despatched spectators scrambling for defense ahead of the ruin.
Most likely running at the expectation that extra consequences would practice in the second one 1/2, Sevilla ahead Youssef En-Nesyri used to be despatched off after the ruin along with his moment yellow card for diving.
Within the different Workforce G recreation, American defender John Brooks used to be despatched off for Wolfsburg at French champion Lille when he earned his moment yellow card for a planned handball. Wolfsburg hung on to attract 0-0.
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