Champions League matchday 2: Barcelona, Malmo and Dynamo blasted

13:01, 30 September 2021
Champions League matchday 2: Barcelona, Malmo and Dynamo blasted Photo: Joaquim Ferreira via www.imago-i

Manchester United took revenge on Villarreal for the Europa League 2021 finals defeat, while Juventus beat Chelsea in Italy.

Group E

Benfica 3-0 Barcelona

Once dominant in Europe, Barcelona arrived in Portugal’s capital Lisbon to meet Benfica and ended the game with the same result as it did two weeks ago against Bayern Munich. Not only did the results coincide but the statistics as well, as Barcelona did not make a single shot on target. Barcelona has lost its two first Champions League games for the first time since 1972/73. The most remarkable part about the Catalan team was that they played in last year’s kits since its current one did not have enough contrast with Benfica’s outfit.

Bayern Munich - Dynamo Kyiv: 5-0

Not an unexpected result from traditionally one of the best teams in Europe. The German champion beat its Ukrainian counterpart and secured the first rank in standings while Bayern’s outstanding forward Robert Lewandowski scored his 60th goal in 70 matches played for the club in the Champions League which makes 0,86 goals per game.

Group F

Manchester United - Villarreal: 2-1

He did it again! Ronaldo snatched victory in the 95th minute as Man United hosted their Europa League 2021 finals offender Villarreal. Even though the Spanish club made a dozen attempts in the first half, it only could score in the 53rd minute and did not manage to secure its dominance. Several minutes later Telles equalized after a beautiful combination and at the very end of the match, MU’s legend Cristiano Ronaldo found a goal in turmoil inside the box.

CR7 has played his 178th match in the Champions League, an absolute record ever, and is likely to make at least four other appearances.

Atalanta - Young Boys: 1-0

The teams now occupy the first and the second position in the group’s standings ahead of the English giant and the Europa League trophy holder. The match did not have plenty of goals, but the single one is quite extraordinary. Champion of Europe Matteo Pessina has converted his team’s dominance in the first Atalanta’s goal ever scored by an Italian player in the Champions League.

Group G

Red Bull Salzburg - Lille: 2-1

Once again the Austrian club scores his goals from the penalty spot. Two weeks ago it exchanged penalty goals with Sevilla in a game that ended 1-1, whereas on Wednesday Karim Adeyemi’s penalty kicks did not leave a chance to Lille’s goalkeeper twice. Lille responded by a set-piece goal as well after the Salzburg goalkeeper’s fault.

Wolfsburg - Sevilla: 1-1

The match had not much of anything specific, apart from a controversial penalty at the end of the match. Bulgarian referee Georgi Kabakov showed a red card to Wolfsburg’s Joshua Guilavogui for a presumed foul inside the box which raised the anger of many football fans. Sevilla’s xG without penalty was only 0,3.

Group H

Juventus - Chelsea: 1-0

Champions of Europe arrived in Italy to face Juve without CR7. The game was not rich in spectacular attempts as the Italian club gave possession to Chelsea which was not able to convert it into shots on target. Both clubs made only one shot on target each, but that of Juventus was fateful. Chiesa scored only 11 seconds after the start of the second half. The London-based club did not manage to respond, though Lukaku could equalize at the end of the match, but hit above the crossbar.

It's Chelsea’s second away loss under Thomas Tuchel, as well as the second 1-0 loss in five days after this weekend’s defeat against Man City in the Premier League.

Zenit St Petersburg 4-0 Malmo
The Russian champion started the game intensively and scored in the 9th minute already. The first half then ended without other notable events, while the second one was marked by a quick goal, a red card to Malmo’s Ahmedhodžić, and finally two other Zenit’s goals. It is the first win of the Russian club since November 2019, as well as the largest win in the Champions League. 

On matchday 3 which will be held on October 19-20, Atletico will host Liverpool, this season’s sensation Sheriff will visit Italy to face Inter and try to cement the first rank in Group D, Borussia Dortmund will face Ajax, Atalanta will try to contain Man United’s offensive squad, while Benfica will host Bayern and propose some resistance against the German titan.