Joel Sanderson-Murray·4 October 2023
Joel Sanderson-Murray·4 October 2023
We had eight more mouth-watering Champions League group games to look forward to tonight, here’s what went down.
Scorers: Almiron 17′, Burn 41′, Longstaff 50′, Schar 90+1′; Hernandez 56′
Newcastle welcomed Champions League football back to St.James’ Park in style after dismantling Paris Saint-Germain.
Miguel Almiron sent the home crowd into hysterics in the 17th minute, reacting quickest to the rebound from Alexander Isak’s shot to slam home.
It got better for the Magpies just before half-time when Dan Burn rose highest to nod home Bruno Guimarães’ cross, the goal eventually given after a lengthy VAR check.
Sean Longstaff kept the dream going for Eddie Howe’s side at the start of the second half, blasting through the ams of Gianluigi Donnarumma from a tight angle after being played in by Kieran Trippier.
There looked like there might be flickers of a comeback when Lucas Hernandez headed home from Warren Zaire-Emery’s delicate chipped ball before Ousmane Dembélé fired just wide when through on goal.
But Fabian Schar wrapped up a memorable night for the Geordie faithful with a stunning piledriver from 25 yards out in stoppage time.
Scorers: Openda 48′; Foden 28′, Álvarez 84′, Doku 90+1′.
The holders controlled the majority of the first half and got the rewards for their probing when Phil Foden bundled home a well-worked team move from 12 yards after getting on to the end of a Rico Lewis cut-back.
But Leipzig levelled directly after the restart, breaking City’s defensive line on the counter-attack before Lois Openda held off Manuel Akanji before placing the ball into the bottom corner.
It looked as if it was going to be a frustrating night for Pep Guardiola’s men until Álvarez provided the magic touch, curling home a stunning strike into the top corner after being played in by Jeremy Doku on the edge of the box.
Doku put the game beyond doubt in stoppage time, racing through after a counter-attack before slotting home.
Scorers: Torres 45+1′.
Sent off: Gavi 89′.
Ferran Torres came off the bench to earn Barcelona a crucial three points in controversial circumstances in Porto.
Barça were dealt a blow midway through the first half when Robert Lewandowski had to be withdrawn due to injury and was replaced by Torres.
But Torres went on to make a match-winning contribution, running on to Gavi’s through ball before slotting into the bottom corner past Diogo Costa.
The hosts thought they had found a way back into the match when they were awarded a penalty in the 78th minute for handball against Joao Cancelo but a VAR check found that Porto’s Eustaquio had handled the ball in the build-up before the incident.
Xavi did lose Gavi late on after he was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Borussia Dortmund and Milan both remain goalless in their group after playing out a goalless draw.
Olivier Giroud spurned a huge chance to give Milan a first half lead when Tijani Reijnders’ cross landed into his path in the six-yard box but somehow the Frenchman turned the ball over.
The hosts pressed for a winner late on with the introduction of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens having an impact, the winger fired over after turning Milan defenders inside out but it was a frustrating night for both sides.
Scorers: Furuhashi 12′; Vecino 29′, Pedro 90+5′
Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring after finishing off a slick team move, linking up with Daizen Maeda and Matt O’Riley before turning in at the near post from close range.
Lazio levelled proceedings just before the half-hour mark when Matias Vecino headed the ball just over the line after a scramble from a corner.
Brendan Rodgers’ side thought they had restored their lead through Luis Palma late on but a VAR check ruled that the winger was offside in the build-up to the goal.
But it was the Serie A side who went home with all three points when Pedro glanced Matteo Guendouzi’s cross back to the far post and into the back of the net.
Scorers: Ndiaye 35′, Bukari 88′.; Ugrinic 48′, Itten (PEN) 60′.
Red Star Belgrade scored late on to salvage a draw against Young Boys.
The hosts had broken the deadlock late into the first half after a rapid counter attack leading to Osman Bukari striking the ball across goal for Cherif Ndiaye to tap in at the far post.
Young Boys levelled after the break when Joël Monteiro ‘s through ball was chipped over the Red Star goalkeeper by Filip Ugrinic.
They completed the turnaround just after the hour mark when Cedric Itten smashed home from 12 yards.
But Bukari was involved yet again and earned a point for his side with a remarkable powerful drive from essentially the byline of the penalty area after making room for an effort late on.
Scorers: Morata 11′, 47′, Griezmann 45+3′.; Hermoso (OG) 7′, Hancko 35′.
Atlético Madrid twice came from behind to beat Feyenoord and pick up their first win of the group stage.
The Eredivisie champions took a shock early lead when Ayase Ueda was played through on goal before seeing his attempt ricochet off both Jan Oblak and Mario Hermoso on it’s way into the back of the net.
Alvaro Morata pulled the hosts level, taking advantage of a deflection in the Feyenoord box before poking in at the near post but there was some controversy about the goal being allowed to stand with Saul appearing to stand offside in the build-up.
However, Feyenoord restored their lead when David Hancko turned home at the second attempt after Mats Wieffer’s free-kick had found him six yards out.
But Atlético levelled again in first half stoppage with Antoine Griezmann improvising cleverly to turn the ball in with an overhead kick after a game of pinball had broken out in the box with Feyenoord failing to clear a cross.
Morata privded the finishing touch in the early minutes of the second period, touching home Nahuel Molina’s cross to earn a dramatic win for Diego Simeone’s men.
Scorers: Muja 3′, Balikwisha 31′; Sikan 48′, 76′ Rakitskyi 70′.
Shakhtar Donetsk came from two goals down to win a thrilling clash in Belgium, in which Royal Antwerp missed a last-minute penalty.
The Belgian champions held a strong advantage going into the half-time break thanks to an inspired display from Arthur Vermeeren.
The 18-year-old won the ball on the edge of the Shakhtar box before sliding in Arbnor Muja to dispatch into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead after just three minutes.
Vermeeren then split the Shakhtar defence in half from deep in midfield, sliding in Michel-Ange Balikwisha to slot home, beating the Shakhtar goalkeeper to the ball at the edge of the box.
But the visitors pulled off an extraordinary comeback second-half to turn the game on it’s head.
Danylo Sikan took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to head home before Yaroslav Rakitskyi levelled after his drilled low free-kick took a huge deflection to wrong-foot Jean Butez on the way in.
Patrick van Leeuwen’s side looked to have completed the turnaround 14 minutes from time in bizarre circumstances as Butez attempted to keep the ball in play following a Shakhtar attack but in doing so allowed Yehor Nazaryna the chance to cross the ball on to the head of Sikan to head into an empty net.
However, there was one final twist as Antwerp were awarded a penalty for handball in the dying seconds with Toby Alderweireld given the chance to salvage a first ever Champions League point from the spot.
Unfortunately for the Belgians, the former Tottenham defender fluffed his lines after sending the spot-kick way wide of the post.
You can catch up on Tuesday’s results here.