Richard Buxton·20 September 2023
Richard Buxton·20 September 2023
The second round of the Champions League group stage fixtures took place on Wednesday.
Here’s what went down.
Scorers: Sané 28′, Gnabry 32′, Kane (PEN) 53′, Tel 90+2′; Højlund 49′, Casemiro 89′, 90+5′
Bayern Munich took the spoils in a seven-goal thriller with Manchester United.
Leroy Sane opened the scoring with a clever one-two with Harry Kane before firing a low effort which squirmed beneath a hapless André Onana.
The Bundesliga champions doubled their advantage just four minutes later when Jamal Musiala squared to Serge Gnabry for a clinical strike.
Erik ten Hag’s side reduced their deficit early in the second half as Rasmus Højlund scored his first goal with a bobbling shot past Sven Ulreich.
But Kane restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion from the penalty spot after Dayot Upamecano’s header struck the arm of Christian Eriksen.
Casemiro offered the Red Devils faint hopes of a comeback with a brace either side of Matthys Tel racking up Bayern’s fourth in added time.
Scorers: Saka 8′, Trossard 20′, Jesus 38′, Ødegaard 70′
Arsenal marked their long-awaited Champions League return in style with a four-goal dismantling of PSV Eindhoven.
Bukayo Saka kickstarted things by pouncing to convert the rebound after Martin Ødegaard’s shot was parried by Walter Benitez.
England’s newly-crowned player of the year teed up Leandro Trossard to sweep home the Gunners’ second, just eight minutes later.
In turn, the Gunners’ latest scorer helped set up their next with Gabriel Jesus controlling Trossard’s cross before rifling home inside the area.
Ødegaard increased the feelgood factor for the hosts midway through the second half with a low drive from outside the box to add a fourth.
Scorers: Ocampos 9′; Fulgini 25′
Sevilla and Lens cancelled each other out as both teams had to settle for a point in their Group B opener
The hosts took the lead through Lucas Ocampos sending a looping header into the roof of Brice Samba’s net from an Ivan Rakitić corner.
But the Ligue 1 outfit drew level barely a quarter of an hour later as Angelo Fulgini drilled a powerful free kick past Marko Dmitrović.
Scorers: Bruma 84′; Di Lorenzo 45+2′, Niakate (OG) 88′
Napoli kicked off their Group C campaign with a 2-1 win away to Braga.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo handed the Serie A champions a late first-half lead by volleying Victor Osimhen’s knockdown at a recycled corner.
The Partenopei were level-pegged during the closing stages courtesy of Bruma’s backward header from Rodrigo Zalazar’s cross.
But the hosts’ joy proved to be short-lived as Sikou Niakata turned the ball into his own net just four minutes later.
Scorers: Méndez 4′; Martínez 87′
Inter were spared potential embarrassment with a late draw against Real Sociedad.
Brais Méndez put La Real ahead after just four minutes with a well-taken strike after last season’s finalists were caught deep in their own half.
But the Nerazzurri produced an inspired moment in the closing stages as Davide Frattesi teed up Lautaro Martínez to salvage a point.
Scorers: Šimić (PEN) 15′, Gloukh 51′
Salzburg embarrassed reigning Portuguese champions Benfica with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The Austrian side were handed an early penalty after António Silva was sent off for a goal-line handball, allowing Roko Šimić to convert from the spot.
Roger Schmidt’s side went further behind in the second half as Oscar Gloukh slotted into an empty net after Šimić had raced clear of the hosts’ defence.
Scorers: Bellingham 90+4′
Jude Bellingham produced another late winner as Real Madrid inflicted late heartbreak on Union Berlin.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side spurned an early chance to take the lead when Joselu glanced Lucas Vázquez’s cross narrowly wide of goal.
Union signalled a warning short after the interval as Robin Gosens lashed a shot against the side-netting of Kepa’s right-hand post.
Los Blancos went closest when Rodrygo denied in quick succession; first by an instinctive stop from Frederik Rønnow before hitting the woodwork.
Rønnow’s sharp reflexes kept Union level by tipping another Joselu header onto his post and Luka Modrić’s long-range effort over the crossbar.
But Bellingham delivered a killer blow to Union’s maiden Champions League appearance by cropping up in the fourth minute of added time.
Scorers: Boey 86′, Tetê 88′; Elyounoussi 35′, Gonçalves 58′
Galatasaray staged a late comeback to salvage their opening Group A fixture with Copenhagen.
Mohamed Elyounoussi broke the deadlock just 10 minutes from half-time with a chested volley after Lukas Lerager teed him up in the penalty area.
The visitors doubled their lead barely a quarter of an hour into the second half when Birger Meling picked out Diogo Gonçalves to sweep home.
But Jacob Neestrup’s side were reduced to 10 men for the game’s final quarter after Elias Jelert was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Galatasaray were able to halve their deficit in the closing minutes as Sacha Boey volleyed home from inside the area from Tetê’s delivery.
Provider turned poacher just two minutes later as Tetê levelled with a volleyed finish after being picked out by substitute Wilfried Zaha.