The Champions League returned on Wednesday morning (AEST) as holders Chelsea started their defence of the trophy they beat Manchester City for on the finish of final season.
Manchester United additionally gave Cristiano Ronaldo his second European debut for the membership, whereas Juventus have been in European motion for the primary time with out the competitors’s all-time high scorer.
Barcelona, too, have been adjusting to life with out their megastar after Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain as they went up in opposition to German champions Bayern Munich.
Here’s how the groups fared throughout the first spherical of fixtures of matchday one.
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CHELSEA 1-Zero ZENIT
Romelu Lukaku enlivened an in any other case flat Chelsea efficiency with the one aim to beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-Zero and get the Blues’ Champions League defence off to a successful begin.
Lukaku by no means made a Champions League look throughout his first spell at Stamford Bridge, however is shortly making up for misplaced time since returning to Chelsea for a membership report £97 million ($134 million) final month.
The Belgian striker now has 4 objectives in as many video games and his predatory instincts 21 minutes from time papered over the cracks of a disappointing show from Thomas Tuchel’s males.
Tuchel urged his gamers to not relaxation on their laurels after their shock run to change into European champions final season.
However, the glory of their victory over Manchester City in Porto was onerous to shrug off because the German, Edouard Mendy and Jorginho have been introduced with awards on the pitch earlier than kick-off as UEFA coach, goalkeeper and participant of the 12 months respectively.
YOUNG BOYS 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED
Substitute Jordan Siebatcheu struck with the final kick of the sport as Swiss aspect Young Boys claimed a sensational 2-1 Champions League win over 10-man Manchester United on Tuesday after Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier opened the scoring.
USA striker Siebatcheu pounced on Jesse Lingard’s quick back-pass to tuck the ball previous David de Gea for a 95th-minute winner in entrance of a delirious crowd on the Wankdorf Stadium.
Ronaldo had earlier put United forward along with his third aim in two video games since returning to Old Trafford.
However, the match hinged on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s sending-off late within the first half for a harmful sort out on Young Boys midfielder Christopher Martins which gave Young Boys hope.
The hosts hit returned to equalise within the second half by way of Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu and Ronaldo was substituted earlier than Siebatcheu obtained the winner.
It is a horrible begin for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect in Group F, particularly with harder assessments prone to come in opposition to Atalanta and Villarreal.
BARCELONA 0-Three BAYERN MUNICH
Life after Lionel Messi is wanting more and more bleak for Barcelona because the Catalans have been thumped on the Nou Camp by German giants Bayern Munich.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring for Bayern after 34 minutes with a well-executed end earlier than it grew to become the Robert Lewandowski present.
The Polish striker, who needed to go away the membership for a brand new problem throughout the latest switch window, scored twice within the second half to sentence Barcelona to a heavy defeat.
Lewandowski’s latest kind on this competitors is unrivalled, as he now averages a aim each 68 minutes over the past three Champions League campaigns.
Barcelona, however, managed zero pictures heading in the right direction and with simply 47 per cent possession and counter-attacking soccer, seemed one million miles away from the workforce that Messi performed such a giant half in.
It’s the primary time in 5 years Barcelona did not register a shot heading in the right direction; a “horrid” evening for the Catalans big.
MALMO 0-Three JUVENTUS
Juventus obtained off to a successful begin within the Champions League with a 3-Zero cruise previous Malmo on Tuesday which the Italians will hope kick-starts their season.
Juventus got here into their opening Group H fixture with only a level from their first three Serie A matches however Malmo have been no match for Massimiliano Allegri’s aspect, who swept to victory in Sweden due to objectives from Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.
The thumping win places Juve on high of the group, degree on three factors with European champions Chelsea who they face subsequent in Turin in two weeks’ time.
SEVILLA 1-1 RB SALZBURG
It was a sport of two penalties in Spain as 10-man Sevilla held on to a draw in opposition to Group G rivals RB Salzburg.
Luka Sucic put the German aspect forward after 21 minutes from the spot earlier than former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic levelled the scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts simply earlier than half time.
However, a pink card for Youssef En-Nesyri meant Sevilla wanted to carry on for what may change into a vital level in a bunch that additionally incorporates Lille and Wolfsburg.
Lille 0-0 Wolfsburg
Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta
Dynamo kyiv 0-0 Benfica