Group E: Imperial Bayern
FC Barcelona (ESP) 0 – 3 Bayern Munich (GER)
Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 0 – 0 Benfica (POR)
Bayern Munich behaved like a boss on the lawn of FC Barcelona, securing their 3-0 victory thanks to their attacking stars Thomas Müller (34th) and Robert Lewandowski (56th, 85th). For the Polish striker, the seasons follow and are similar. After scoring six goals in four Bundesliga matches, “Lewy” begins his new European campaign with a brace.
For Barça, the post-Lionel Messi started very badly, even if the slap inflicted by Bayern is less spectacular than that suffered by the Catalans in the summer of 2020 in the quarter-finals (8-2).
To avoid winning entry, the Blaugranas will have to be better on the next day on the lawn of Benfica. The Portuguese came close to disaster on Tuesday among the Ukrainians of Dynamo Kiev (0-0), conceding a goal in added time… before he was invalidated for offside after resorting to video assistance.
Group F: Insufficient Ronaldo
Young Boys (SUI) 2 – 1 Manchester United (ENG)
Villarreal (ESP) 2 – 2 Atalanta Bergamo (ITA)
At 36, Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo put Manchester United into orbit after just thirteen minutes against Young Boys, scoring his 135th goal (record) in 177 Champions League appearances (record shared with Iker Casillas). The Red Devils celebrated the efficiency of the former Turinese, returned this summer to the fold twelve years after his first golden spell (2003-2009).
But then everything went wrong for the players of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, outnumbered after a nasty sole from Aaron Wan-Bissaka (35th) and unable to create the slightest opportunity. The English were punished by Moumi Ngamaleu (66th), more responsive than Raphaël Varane, then by the American Jordan Siebatcheu (90th + 5).
In two weeks, it will already be necessary to redress the bar in front of the Spaniards of Villarreal, held in check 2-2 at home by the Italians of Atalanta Bergamo.
Group G: Central arbitration
Lille (FRA) 0 – 0 Wolfsburg (GER)
Sevilla FC (ESP) 1 – 1 RB Salzburg (AUT)
The two meetings of group G were marked by singular arbitration facts.
In Andalusia, the Seville-Salzburg referee (1-1) distinguished himself by whistling four penalties in the first period! The Austrians got three, but missed two, and Ivan Rakitic converted the one the Spaniards got.
In Lille, the French champion twice believed he could make the difference against Wolfsburg (0-0), but video assistance killed his hopes. Jonathan David’s goal (48th) was canceled for a ball going into touch at the start of the action. And the penalty awarded in additional time (90th + 6) was finally refused, the German fault having been committed outside the area.
Group H: Chelsea narrowly
Chelsea (ENG) 1 – 0 Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS)
Malmö (SWE) 0 – 3 Juventus Turin (ITA)
The “Blues” of Chelsea, reigning European champions, provided minimum service at home against Zenit St. Petersburg (1-0). The Belgian rookie Romelu Lukaku beat the Russian defense with a strong helmet blow (69th) struck on a cross from captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
Ronaldo’s departure and the false start in Serie A (zero wins in three matches) had enough to cut the legs of Juventus, but the Turinese found their colors in Sweden with a clear victory against Malmö. The attacking doublet Paulo Dybala (45th from the penalty spot) and Alvaro Morata (45th + 1) put the “Old Lady” in the shelter after the opening of the quick score of Alex Sandro (23rd).