Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland were the high scorers in Europe as the Champions League resumed yesterday. [Macau time]Karim Benzema, last season’s standout star, was limped with injury less than half an hour later.
Mbappe and Haaland both scored two goals as their respective clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City kicked off their European campaigns with victories.
Real Madrid’s chances of defending the crown probably depend on Benzema being fully fit, but the French forward had to deal with an obvious knee injury in the half-hour against Celtic. rice field. Second half goals from Vinicius Junior, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard secured his 3–0 win for the Spanish giants in Glasgow.
Benzema was in his own league in last season’s competition, scoring 15 goals in 12 games to guide Madrid to the title. looks ready to challenge the Frenchman for the position of top striker.
The 23-year-old, who has scored seven goals in five league games so far, became the youngest player to score 35 goals in the competition when he scored twice in the first 22 minutes of the 2-1 home win against Juventus. became a player. The mark that his teammate Lionel Messi had.
The 22-year-old Haaland has scored 25 goals in 20 Champions League games, another record. Man He has scored once every first half in City’s 4-0 victory over Sevilla. The Norwegian striker, who has scored 10 goals in his six appearances in the Premier League this season, made his league debut in the Champions League with his three clubs of Salzburg, Borussia his Dortmund and City. rice field.
Dynamo Zagreb beat Chelsea 1-0 at home, while Serie A champions AC Milan drew 1-1 in Salzburg.
PSG 2, Juventus 1
Mbappe’s first goal for PSG came just five minutes after Neymar’s daring collaboration.
Mbappe threw a short pass to the Brazilian before running into the area, holding the ball long enough for Neymar to hold it before sending it past a defender and into the path of the French striker. . .
The second time was after he scored his first goal after trading passes with Achraf Hakimi, beating Perin. US midfielder Weston McKennie returned his one-goal to Juventus in his 53rd, creating a tense finale in Paris.
In the other Group H match, Benfica defeated Maccabi Haifa 2-0.
Dynamo Zagreb 1, Chelsea 0
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to give Chelsea’s stuttering attack a flash of spark.
Aubameyang made his Chelsea debut playing in a face mask to protect his injured jaw after his transfer from Barcelona. One goal was ruled out for offside while his teammate repeatedly failed to beat goalkeeper Dominik Libakovic.
Instead, it was Mislav Orsic who continued his scoring streak against the England side, scoring away from another Chelsea marquee signing Wesley Fofana in the 13th minute.
“This is a lack of performance on our part,” said Thomas Tuchel, who has already lost twice in the Premier League. “We are clearly not where we need to be…. Everything is missing at the moment.”
Noah Okafor shot through goalkeeper Mike Mainnan’s leg to put Salzburg ahead against AC Milan in the 30th minute, but Alexis Salemerkers equalized before half-time.
Then Rafael León fired a shot in stoppage time and Milan almost scored.
United States international Serginho Dest made his Milan debut in the 57th minute after moving from Barcelona last week.
Sevilla 0, Man City 4
Haaland has been repeatedly short in Europe under Pep Guardiola, so he’s likely the piece Man City were missing.
The Norwegian converted a cross from Kevin De Bruyne in the 21st minute before rebounding for the third goal in the 67th minute. Phil Foden and Ruben Diaz scored City’s other goals with dominant performances at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
In Group G, Marco Reus scored 22 goals in 57 Champions League games, scoring the first goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 win over Copenhagen. US international Gioraina set up his two other goals for Dortmund, and teenage Englishman Jude scored his third after a deft pass with his Bellingham.
Celtic 0, Real Madrid 3
Hazard has suggested he could be ready to make up for the slack if Benzema has to miss a significant amount of time at Real Madrid.
The Belgian playmaker, who replaced Benzema on the bench, scored his third goal against Celtic after scoring his first two goals. It was his first Champions League goal in 651 days for him and his first goal in the competition since January.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti hoped Benzema would return soon.
“It doesn’t seem too serious,” Ancelotti said of the striker’s injury.
Callum McGregor almost gave Celtic the lead after 21 minutes in the first half with a powerful shot into the post.
In the other Group F match, Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk defeated RB Leipzig 4-1, with Marian Shved scoring twice. Shakhtar’s domestic season had only recently begun after a lengthy hiatus due to the Russian invasion, but the team snatched the first goal from Leipzig goalkeeper Peter His Grach.
Graci made the night blunder by handing the ball to Šved, who was standing well outside his own area, giving the midfielder an easy finish into an empty net.
Leipzig equalized in the 57th minute with a goal from French defender Mohammed Simakan, but Schved regained the lead a minute later. Matthias Cullen MDT/AP