Joel Sanderson-Murray·5 October 2022
Joel Sanderson-Murray·5 October 2022
It was another night full of goals and incident in the Champions League.
Here’s what went down.
Scorers: Fofana 24′. Aubameyang 56′, James 62′.
Fofana broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, slotting into the bottom corner after Milan had failed to clear a corner leading to a six-yard box scramble.
Aubameyang got on to the end of Reece James’ cross to turn in from close range to give Graham Potter’s side a cushion early in the second half.
James turned from provider to goalscorer to make it three, smashing in at the near post from inside the box after a high press had earned the ball back for the hosts.
Scorers: Pereira (OG) 42′; Messi 22′.
Lionel Messi fired PSG ahead, combining with Kylian Mbappé and Neymar before curling into the top corner from the edge of the box.
But the hosts pulled themselves level just before half-time when Danilo Pereira glanced Enzo Fernandez’s cross into his own net.
Neymar came close to restoring PSG’s lead but saw his acrobatic overhead kick come back off the crossbar before testing Odysseas Vlachodimos with a free-kick from long range.
Benfica held out which leaves both these sides battling it out at the top on seven points.
Scorers: Haaland 7′, 33′, Khocholava (OG) 39′, Mahrez (PEN) 55′, Álvarez 77′.
Erling Haaland was at it again as Manchester City coasted past Copenhagen to maintain their perfect record.
The Norwegian now has more goals in the competition than Luis Suárez after netting two in the first 33 minutes.
João Cancelo’s low cross picked out him out to stroke home first-time with his right foot to break the deadlock before he reacted first to the rebound from Sergio Gómez’s shot to grab his second with a poacher’s effort.
Gòmez was involved in the third, seeing his shot deflect into his own net by Davit Khocholava before Riyad Mahrez made it four from the spot.
The Algerian then laid the ball on a plate for Julian Álvarez to tap in from inside the six-yard box to round the night off for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Scorers: En-Nesyri 55′; Guerreiro 6′, Bellingham 41′, Adeyemi 43′, Brandt 75′.
Dortmund were ahead after just six minutes when Raphaël Guerreiro got on to the end of a diagonal pass before striding to the edge of the penalty area and arrowing in a powerful strike into the top corner.
Jude Bellingham doubled their advantage just before half-time after turning a defender in the box before poking across the goalkeeper from a tight angle before Karim Adeyemi scored his first Champions League goal for the club to make it three.
Julian Brandt put the game beyond all doubt 15 minutes from time, arriving at the near post to flick in Youssoufa Moukoko’s cross.
Dortmund extend a five-point lead over third-placed Copenhagen while Sevilla sit bottom.
Scorers: Rodrygo 13′, Vinícius 28′; Zubkov 55′.
The European champions saw off a stern fightback from Shakhtar Donetsk to make it three wins out of three.
Rodrygo fired them ahead 13 minutes in, wriggling free from the edge of the box before driving the ball in via a touch from the goalkeeper.
He then turned from scorer to provider, poking the ball into the path of Vinícius Junior in the box to slide in the second.
But out of nowhere Shakhtar found a way back into the game when Oleksandr Zubkov produced a sublime bicycle kick to finish off Bohdan Mykhaylichenko’s cross from 15 yards out.
The visitors smelt blood and pushed forward for the equaliser but Carlo Ancelotti’s side held out to strengthen their grip on top spot.
Scorers: Rabiot 34′, 83′, Vlahović 49′; David 77′.
Juventus picked up their first win of the group stage after an inspired performance from Ángel Di María.
The Argentine winger played his part in a neat one-two to set Adrien Rabiot away for the first goal, with the Frenchman lashing the ball into the top corner from close range.
He then played Dušan Vlahović through on goal to place the ball in for the second goal.
It looked as if Juventus were going to coast to victory until Dean David rounded Wojciech Szczęsny and pulled one back for the visitors, who then struck the post through a free-kick.
But Dí Maria was at it again, whipping a corner to the near post for Rabiot to glance in to put the game beyond all doubt.
Scorers: Nkunku 27′, Silva 64′, 77′; Jota 47′.
RB Leipzig saw off a spirited Celtic side to pick up three vital points.
The first half saw both sides suffer injury problems the hosts losing goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi before Celtic saw their captain Callum McGregor forced off.
Christopher Nkunku thought he had given Leipzig the lead early on with a delicate chip but the strike was ruled out for offside by VAR.
But Nkunku wasn’t to be denied a second time when he slotted home from a tight angle.
The Scottish champions were level straight after the break when a flick by Timo Werner on the halfway line was intercepted leading to Celtic counter-attacking and laying in Felipe Jota to slot into the bottom corner.
However, Leipzig ramped up the pressure with Dominik Szoboszlai hitting the post and then seeing a second goal ruled out by VAR.
But seconds after Celtic’s let-off, Joe Hart gave the ball away and André Silva made things 2-1 before the Portuguese striker secured a brace to all but put the game away for the hosts.
The result means third-placed Leipzig now have three points while Celtic are bottom of Group F with just one point.
Scorers: Okafor 71′ (P).
Salzburg maintained their unbeaten record in Group E after a 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb..
A lapse in judgement led to the deadlock breaking as Sadegh Moharrami pulled Andreas Ulmer down in the box as Noah Okafor made things 1-0 from the spot for Salzburg.
Dinamo did have a glorious chance to pull things level following an error from the hosts at the back though substitute Josip Drmić’s header was saved by goalkeeper Philipp Köhn.
Then drama ensued in the dying moments as Drmić’ thought he had equalised for the visitors only for the goal to be ruled offside.
You can catch up on last night’s results here.