It was a story of three strikers because the Champions League group stage began on Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored however misplaced on his return 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 upset in a late 2-1 loss at Swiss champion Younger Boys, Lewandowski scored two as Bayern Munich eased to a 3-0 win in Barcelona, and Lukaku’s second-half header gave defending champion Chelsea a 1-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg.
Juventus received 3-0 at Malmö, and Sevilla held Salzburg 1-1 after the guests missed two penalties 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 snicker 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 competitors – squeezing his shot underneath goalkeeper David von Ballmoos within the thirteenth minute after an excellent cross from Bruno Fernandes.
Solely Ronaldo’s former Actual Madrid teammate Iker Casillas has as many Champions League appearances.
Nonetheless, United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was despatched off within the thirty fifth for a foul problem and the house staff pressed its benefit within the ultimate third of the sport.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu equalized within the 66th and Pefok capitalized on a poor again move from Jesse Lingard to attain Bern’s dramatic winner within the final minute of harm time.
Robin Gosens’ equalizer earned Italian staff Atalanta a 2-2 draw at Villarreal within the different Group F recreation.
BARÇA DOMINATED, AGAIN
Bayern hammered Barcelona 8-2 within the groups’ final assembly within the quarterfinals in 2020, and the house facet appeared terrified of one other rout after its summer season of upheaval noticed the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern may need received by extra however might be pleased with 3-0 after one other dominant efficiency.
Thomas Müller scored with a deflected shot within the thirty third minute to make sure Bayern scored for the Twenty third consecutive Champions League recreation, a membership file.
The guests had been pushing more durable and it appeared solely a matter of time earlier than the breakthrough would come. Müller’s shot struck Eric García’s again to deceive Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
Lewandowski acquired the second within the 56th on a rebound after 18-year-old Jamal Musiala’s effort struck the submit.
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 star scored his second objective within the eighty fifth, once more after a teammate — Serge Gnabry — hit the submit, although there was a lot for Lewandowski to do as he slotted the ball previous a number of defenders.
Additionally in Group E, Mykola Shaparenko thought he’d scored a late winner for Dynamo Kyiv over Benfica, however the objective was 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 breakthrough towards a cussed St. Petersburg protection. The Belgium ahead towered above a defender to fulfill César Azpilicueta’s cross with a header for his fourth objective in as many video games for Chelsea since his return from Inter Milan.
Additionally in Group H, Juventus’ journey to Malmö got here on the proper time for the Italian staff to recover from Ronaldo’s departure. The Bianconeri had been scuffling with only one level from its opening three video games in Serie A.
However the Swedish air appeared to invigorate the guests, as Alex Sandro headed Juve right into a Twenty third-minute lead, Paulo Dybala added a penalty simply earlier than halftime, and there was nonetheless time earlier than the break for Alvaro Morata to chip the goalkeeper for the staff’s third.
4 penalties had been awarded within the first half of Salzburg’s recreation at Sevilla, however the guests missed two, leaving the rating 1-1. A heavy rain bathe added to the drama because it despatched spectators scrambling for canopy earlier than the break.
Maybe engaged on the expectation that extra penalties would comply with within the second half, Sevilla ahead Youssef En-Nesyri was despatched off after the break along with his second yellow card for diving.
Within the different Group G recreation, American defender John Brooks was despatched off for Wolfsburg at French champion Lille when he earned his second yellow card for a deliberate handball. Wolfsburg held on to attract 0-0.