Mathis Tel (second from left) congratulates his teammates after scoring in Bayern Munich’s Champions League Group A win over Manchester United on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena. Christophe Stasch/AFP
Pushed by Manchester United for twenty minutes, Bayern Munich cruised to a 4-3 win on home soil on Wednesday, continuing their impressive run of 35 games without defeat in the Champions League group stage.
With this home win, Munich are off to a great start to their European adventure, facing the most formidable team in their group on paper, which also includes Copenhagen and Galatasaray, who drew straight 2-2 draws on Wednesday.
We’ll have to go back to 27 September 2017 to find Munich’s defeat in the C1 group stage. Then, on the Parc des Princes lawn, Bayern lost to Paris Saint-Germain with a score of 3:0. Since then, the Munich team have played 35 matches without defeat, 32 wins (including Wednesday) and 3 draws.
In a remake of the 1999 final, Bayern equalized within four minutes, taking advantage of a huge mistake by United goalkeeper Andre Onana, which was capitalized on by Leroy Sane (1-0, 28th). Shortly after, Jamal Musiala made the acceleration he has the secret to, destroying four opponents and then parrying Serge Gnabry, who only needed to double Bayern’s lead (2-0, 32nd).
Returning from the locker room, Rasmus Hoylund again fueled the intrigue by taking advantage of the same Musiala’s restart error (2-1, 49th). But it only lasted two minutes – long enough for Chrisitan Eriksen to handball Dayot Upamecano’s header into his own penalty area. After watching the video, the referee logically whistled for a penalty, which Harry Kane quickly converted (3-1, 53rd).
The Bavarians could have made matters worse if they had been able to capitalize on the cascade of chances, often initiated by Musiala, that they created in the second half. In addition, in the last minutes, during the spectacular conclusion of the match, they poured cold sweat on each other.
Successful reunion of the Gunners
In one of the rare cases for Erik ten Hag’s charges, Casemiro reduced the gap for the first time (3-2, 88th place). But Bayern have a luxurious replacement in their ranks, Matis Tel, who brought 75 thousand spectators to the Allianz Arena in stoppage time (4-2, 90s+2), before the same Casemiro made himself a double (4-3 , 90s+2). 5) in vain.
Arsenal fans have been waiting for this since 2017 and were not disappointed. For their return to the most prestigious club tournament in Europe, the Gunners played a full-fledged, serious and realistic match against the Dutch PSV Eindhoven.
By half-time, the matter was decided: after an early opening score from Bukayo Saka (1-0, 8th), an opportunistic deflection from Odegaard, Leandro Trossard (2-0, 20th), then Gabriel Jesus (3-0). , 38th place) quickly buried the Dutch hopes, making excellent use of the space left by the enemy in the counterattack. Then it was captain Martin Odegaard’s turn to invite himself to the party with a beautiful cross from outside the box (4-0, 70th) to seal the score for good in the second half.
Lens without complexes in Seville
With this convincing success, Arsenal take sole lead of Group B, in which Sevilla and Lens drew 1-1. The French vice-champion played without any complexes about his return to competition for the first time since 2002-2003 and could even spring a surprise in Andalusia.
After PSG beat Dortmund 2-0 on Tuesday, the second French club entered also made a good start to their campaign. Fighting in a bottom-placed league, Sang & Or certainly didn’t win, but found color and attacking energy on the turf of the last Europa League winner during a wild match.
Having quickly fallen behind after Lucas Ocampos headed in a corner, Lençois responded quickly thanks to a superb free kick from Angelo Fulgini. Without two crucial saves from Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic in front of Morgan Gilavogui and Florian Sotoka, the French might even have left Sevilla with three points. An encouraging performance ahead of Arsenal’s ogre meeting Bollaert in two weeks’ time.
Naples, another team expected in this year’s Champions League after winning the Italian title last season, faced all the odds in the world to beat Portugal’s Braga (2-1). The Neapolitans won thanks to an own goal from Niacata, who deflected Zielinski’s cross into his own goal. This leaves them top of Group C, ahead of Real Madrid with another goal.
In Group D, Real Sociedad caught up with advanced finalists Inter with a goal in the 4th minute and almost pulled off the surprise of the day. But Inter showed Italian realism and equalized in the 87th minute. Salzburg took the lead in the group thanks to a 2-0 victory over Benfica in Lisbon.
Source: L Orient Le Jour
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