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Matches That Caught The Eye In Champions League Round 1

UEFA Champions League Round 1 kicked off in grand fashion as the premier competition in Europe delivered some enticing encounters quite early in the competition. Fans were back in the stadiums after a whole season of missing European nights and the teams seemed to be extra motivated to put on a good spectacle for the spectators.

We saw some historic results in the Champions League round 1 itself, here are five matches that stood out.

 

LIVERPOOL 3-2 AC MILAN

Two teams with plenty of European pedigree went head-on at Anfield under lights on Wednesday night. The vibes were similar to the 2005 final at halftime as AC Milan surprisingly went into the break leading 1-2. Liverpool had dominated the first 35 minutes of the match as Milan failed to even string a couple of passes in that period. The next ten minutes were difficult for the Reds as complacency crept in and Milan made them pay for it with two goals in virtually no time. Jurgen Klopp’s men came back in the second half with intent as Mohamed Salah got the equaliser just three minutes in the second half. It required a special goal from captain Jordan Henderson to give Liverpool the three points they deserved.

 

BARCELONA 0-3 BAYERN MUNICH

Catalan giants Barcelona are discovering life in the post-Lionel Messi era but so far it has been a painful start. They were up against the German champions Bayern Munich in the first match of the Champions League and it couldn’t have gone worse for Ronald Koeman’s men. Everyone was expecting Barcelona to get revenge for the embarrassment of losing 8-2 a couple of seasons back but it didn’t quite work out that way. Bayern looked a much better-drilled unit and knew exactly what they were doing on the pitch, unlike their opponents. The veterans Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski found the back of the net as Bayen thrashed them 0-3 with Barcelona failing to register even a single shot on target in this game.

 

MANCHESTER CITY 6-3 RB LEIPZIG

It was a super six for Manchester City on Champions League opening night as they netted six goals past German side RB Leipzig. It was easily the most end-to-end encounter from the Champions League round 1 as both teams didn’t hold back. Pep Guardiola’s side were at their scintillating best going forward but defensively they struggled to contain Leipzig’s striker Christopher Nkunku as the Frenchman scored a hat-trick at the Etihad. It was a disastrous comeback to City for Angelinho who saw a red card in the 79th minute. Post that, City scored two more goals to kill the game at 6-3.

 

YOUNG BOYS 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

The upset of the Champions League round 1 was when the Switzerland based club BSC Young Boys got three points over Manchester United. The English club had a strong start as the two Portuguese in Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo combined for the first goal of the night. After the goal, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s reckless tackle saw United go down to 10 men in the 35th minute. United switched to a back three system in the second half and attracted a lot of pressure. They thought that they had seen through the worst just when Theoson Siebatcheu pounced on a loose pass from Jesse Lingard to score with the last kick of the game to give Young Boys just their second win of the Champions League.

 

SHERIFF 2-0 SHAKHTAR DONETSK

The first Moldovian club to feature in the Champions League, Sheriff FC got off to a winning start to life in Europe’s premier competition as they beat the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, 2-0. Adama Traore created history in this match as he scored Sheriff’s first-ever goal in the Champions League, with what was the team’s first shot on target in the tournament.

Also, the 26-year-old became the first-ever Mali-affiliated player to score on their Champions League debut. The victory was sealed two minutes after the hour mark through Guinean star Momo Yansane’s strike.

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