Champions League: Lille disappointed, Ronaldo and Manchester at half mast, Bayern in shape

Despite a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United lost in Bern against Young Boys on September 14, 2021. (© AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI)

The French champion Lille did not materialize his domination against Wolfsburg (0-0), Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the opening of the Champions League, and Manchester United has cracked at the Young Boys of Bern despite the stainless Ronaldo, a mishap that Chelsea, Juve and the Bayern have avoided.

Group E: Bayern crushes the Barça

FC Barcelone (ESP) 0-3 Bayern Munich (GER)

Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 0 – 0 Benfica (POR)

the Bayern Munich behaved like a boss on the lawn of FC Barcelona, securing his 3-0 victory thanks to his 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, “Lewi” 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 inflicted on 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.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski shoots Barca goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen at Camp Nou on September 14, 2021.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski shoots Barca goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen at Camp Nou on September 14, 2021. (© AFP / LLUIS GENE)

Group F: Ronaldo scores his 135th goal

Young Boys (SUI) 2 – 1 Manchester United (ENG)

Villarreal (ESP) 2 – 2 Atalanta Bergamo (ITA)

At 36, the Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo put Manchester United into orbit after just thirteen minutes against Young Boys, scoring their 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 reactive than Raphaël Varane, then by the former Rennais 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.

Results of the 1st day of the group stage of the Champions League 2021-2022.
Results of the 1st day of the group stage of the Champions League 2021-2022. (© AFP / Vincent LEFAI)

Group G: disillusionment for Lille

Lille (FRA) Wolfsburg (GER) 0 – 0

Sevilla FC (ESP) 1 – 1 RB Salzburg (AUT)

The French champion Lille, numerically superior in the second half, experienced great disillusionment against Wolfsburg (0-0), the current Bundesliga leader who trembled without ever giving in. Twice, the Mastiffs thought they could make a difference, but the VAR killed their hopes.

The goal of Jonathan David (48th) was canceled after viewing because the ball recovered by Angel Gomes, at the start of the action, had crossed the sideline. And the penalty awarded in additional time (90th ”6) was finally refused, the German fault having been committed outside the area.

Lille striker Burak Yilmaz tries an overflow on Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix at Pierre-Mauroy stadium on September 14, 2021.
Lille striker Burak Yilmaz tries an overflow on Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix at Pierre-Mauroy stadium on September 14, 2021. (© AFP / Denis Charlet)

In the standings, the French champion is tied on points with his three other opponents: Wolfsburg, of course, but also Sevilla and Salzburg who parted back to back (1-1).

In Andalusia, the referee distinguished himself by whistling four penalties in the first period, a rarity! The Austrians got three, but missed two, and Ivan Rakitic converted the one the Spaniards got.

Group H: minimum service for Chelsea

Chelsea (ENG) 1 – 0 Zenit Saint-Pétersbourg (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 recruit Romelu Lukaku beat the Russian defense with a strong helmet blow (69th) struck on a cross from captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Ronaldo’s transfer and the false start in Serie A (zero wins in three matches) were enough to cut Juventus’ legs, 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).

Source: © 2021 AFP

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