Real Madrid and Manchester City did not fail when launching their Champions League on Tuesday against Celtic Glasgow and Sevilla. Unlike Chelsea who lost to the Croats of Dinamo Zagreb.
Group E: Chelsea surprised in Zagreb
And the first surprise of this Champions League season is called: Dinamo Zagreb! The Croatian team crunched the ogre Chelsea (1-0), winner of the C1 2021, which fielded most of its expensive summer recruits.
After spending nearly 300 M EUR on the transfer window, Thomas Tuchel’s Blues conceded the opener on a ride from Mislav Orsic on the counterattack (13th). And they then came up against the defense of the Croatian team in vain, despite their rookies Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Here is already Chelsea under pressure before receiving next week Salzburg, who shared the points with AC Milan on Tuesday (1-1).
Group F: Real win but lose Benzema
Controlled debut for Real Madrid, defending champion and 2-0 winner at Celtic, in Glasgow, with a big downside: the injury exit of its captain and center forward Karim Benzema.
At Celtic Park, the people of Madrid had a contrasting evening, jostled on the ground by the Scots, like the post found by Callum McGregor (21st). Benzema’s exit at the half-hour mark, apparently hit in the right knee, did not help.
But Carlo Ancelotti’s team has resources. And Vinicius, after a splendid collective action (56th), then Luka Modric, for his 100th C1 match with Real (60th), and finally Eden Hazard (77th), released the “White House”, in the lead of Group F with Shakhtar Donetsk, victorious 4-1 in Leipzig.
Group G: Haaland already gluttonous, Dortmund unfolds
Twenty-five goals in twenty Champions League matches is the staggering total accumulated by Erling Haaland, who scored twice on Tuesday on his European debut with Manchester City in Seville (3-0).
The Norwegian ogre, only 22 years old, continues to maintain spectacular statistics on the European scene, as with Salzburg then Dortmund, his previous clubs.
This time, he scored on receiving a tight cross from Kevin De Bruyne (20th), then did it again after the hour mark (67th), with two other goals from Phil Foden (58th) and Ruben Dias (90th+). 2).
And here is Pep Guardiola’s team already at the top of group G (3 pts), just ahead of Dortmund (3 pts), easy winner of Copenhagen (3-0).
Group H: PSG starts well, Mbappé ignores
The victory, a controlled first period, then a slightly less serene end to the match: Paris managed its continental start at home against Juve, even if everything was not as perfect as Mbappé’s spectacular double.
More inspired on the pitch than the day before at a press conference, where his laughter on environmental issues sparked controversy to the top of the French government, the PSG star striker did not seem disturbed by the controversy.
A splendid ladle from Neymar in the area allowed him to open the volley score (5th). Then the French striker combined on the right with Achraf Hakimi, doubling the bet after a nice one-two (22nd).
The Parc des Princes chanted his name, sweet music to the ears of the world champion after 24 hours of non-sporting controversy. But Mbappé also sinned for lack of altruism, forgetting Neymar unmarked (51st), and this undoubtedly allowed the Turinese to reduce the score: Weston McKennie emerged from the head after a bad exit from Gianluigi Donnarumma (53rd) and the end of the game was more messy.
At least the essential is accomplished for the Parisians (3 pts), who beat Juventus Turin for the first time in their history and fuel their dreams of continental glory. They join the Benfica team (3 pts) at the top of Group H, victorious 2-0 from Maccabi Haifa, opponent of PSG next week.