The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League season finally kicks off on Tuesday, one month later than normal due to the coronovirus epidemic.
The wait was worth it. As we have been expecting with Europe’s top club competition, there was no shortage of drama. Here is the full roundup of Tuesday’s action.
Man topped PSG in a marquee meeting that does not disappoint
The most high profile match of the day was played in France, where both of these star-student Titans competed in a highly entertaining contest, with United winning 2–1 due to a late goal from Marcus Rashford:
The case was reminiscent of 16 rounds of clubs two years ago. For a group stage game, it was not far behind.
United take first-half lead over controversial fashion, Bruno Fernandes Scoring from the penalty spot PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navis saved his first attempt from 12 yards. The kick was withdrawn after a video assistant referee determined that Navas was away from his line.
Luck would go against the Red Devils later, however, when Anthony Marshall threw the ball from one corner of Neymar to his own net:
Visitors will, however, have the final laugh. The winner of Rashford was set up by French World Cup star Paul Pogba, who started the night on the bench with manager Ole Gunnar Solaskar.
Barcelona, Lionel Messi win badly
It has been an interesting couple months for Barcelona and Messi, who wanted to leave Blaugrana After a humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last season. Messi ceased to be, but as Barça’s form in his meeting for the Hungarian side was not good enough, Ronald Komann’s team earned just one point from their final two La Liga games.
Barca made no mistake against an overmatched foe, despite playing under one man for the final 22 minutes on Tuesday. Messi won the opener 5–1 from the penalty spot en route:
American teenager Sergeo Dest made his second consecutive start for Komen and once again acquitted himself well, going the full 90 minutes to the left and a record five American players appearing in the Champions League on the same day Became one of them.
This was not all good news at the Nu camp, however. The visitors’ goal came from a penalty after a long back to center Sent to gerard picay.
Juventus roll without Cristiano Ronaldo; Club Brugge upset Zeenat
No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem. In two of Tuesday’s opening games, Alvaro Moreta scored twice in the second half to give Juve a 2–0 win over Dynamo Kiev.
The visitors were without their superstar forward and American midfielder Weston McKenney, who both remained in Italy after contracting COVID-19.
In another opening match, 19-year-old Bruges forward Charles de Catelere scored a goal in the third minute of stoppage time to help his team claim all three points at Zenit St. Petersburg:
American keeper Ethan Horvath – who had held three clean sheets in the previous three Champions League – was superb in his first action for the Belgian side in more than a year, even though he was targeted with himself at the host team’s lone rally Credited:
Organized by Christian Pulisic, Chelsea Sevilla
Pulisic made his second start in a row after returning from a torn hamstring that put him on edge at the start of Chelsea’s season, but could not help the American Blues earn more than a point as the hosts and the Spanish side salvaged played the part. A scary score in London.
Lazio crushes Borussia Dortmund
Earling Holland – Who Else? – Lazio’s lead cut to BVB’s only goal in the second half, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Ciro Imkol, Marvin Hitz and Jean-Daniel Akpa rode the Italian side on their way to 3–1. victory.
Seventeen-year-old US national team prospect Gio Reyna played the final 45 minutes for Dortmund and set up Holland’s strike as a hal-eye through traffic:
RB Leipzig wins; Rennes, Krasnodar play for a deadlock
Leipzig, last year’s surprise semifinalist, defeated Bas Istanbul Basasir 2–0 to beat a pair of goals from former New York City FC fullback Angelino.
In France, Raines’ second-half opener by Cerroh Guireci was later canceled by Cristian Ramirez of Krasnadar by this rocket:
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