It was once a story of 3 strikers because the Champions League staff degree 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 have been dissatisfied in a past due 2-1 loss at Swiss champion Young Boys, Lewandowski scored two as Bayern Munich eased to a 3-0 win in Barcelona, and Lukaku’s second-half header gave protecting champion Chelsea a 1-0 win over Zenit St. Petersburg.
Juventus gained 3-0 at Malmö, and Sevilla held Salzburg 1-1 after the guests overlooked two consequences in a recreation with 4.
Ronaldo struck early in his first Champions League recreation for United since shedding the 2009 ultimate, however American ahead Jordan Pefok had the closing snigger 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 pageant – squeezing his shot beneath goalkeeper David von Ballmoos within the thirteenth minute after an excellent move from Bruno Fernandes.
Only Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas has as many Champions League appearances.
However, United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was once despatched off within the thirty fifth for a foul problem and the house crew pressed its benefit within the ultimate 3rd of the sport.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu equalized within the 66th and Pefok capitalized on a deficient again move from Jesse Lingard to attain Bern’s dramatic winner within the closing minute of harm time.
Robin Gosens’ equalizer earned Italian crew Atalanta a 2-2 draw at Villarreal within the different Group F recreation.
BARÇA DOMINATED, AGAIN
Bayern hammered Barcelona 8-2 within the groups’ closing assembly within the quarterfinals in 2020, and the house facet gave the impression petrified of every other rout after its summer time of upheaval noticed the departures of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Bayern may have gained by way of extra however will likely be proud of 3-0 after every 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 checklist.
The guests have been pushing more difficult and it gave the impression just a subject of time earlier than the leap forward would come. Müller’s shot struck Eric García’s again to misinform 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. But that didn’t imply he had sufficient.
The Poland megastar scored his moment function within the eighty fifth, once more after a teammate — Serge Gnabry — hit the publish, regardless that there was once masses for Lewandowski to do as he slotted the ball previous a number of defenders.
Also in Group E, Mykola Shaparenko concept he’d scored a past due winner for Dynamo Kyiv over Benfica, however the function was once dominated out via VAR for offside to go away the ranking 0-0.
LUKAKU THE DIFFERENCE
Chelsea needed to wait till the 69th minute for Lukaku to make the leap 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 function in as many video games for Chelsea since his go back from Inter Milan.
Also in Group H, Juventus’ shuttle to Malmö got here on the proper time for the Italian crew to recover from Ronaldo’s departure. The Bianconeri have been suffering with only one level from its opening 3 video games in Serie A.
But the Swedish air gave the impression 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 once nonetheless time earlier than the damage for Alvaro Morata to chip the goalkeeper for the crew’s 3rd.
Four consequences have been awarded within the first half of of Salzburg’s recreation at Sevilla, however the guests overlooked two, leaving the ranking 1-1. A heavy rain bathe added to the drama because it despatched spectators scrambling for protection earlier than the damage.
Perhaps operating at the expectation that extra consequences would apply in the second one half of, Sevilla ahead Youssef En-Nesyri was once despatched off after the damage together with his moment yellow card for diving.
In the opposite Group G recreation, American defender John Brooks was once 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.