The UEFA Champions League is in full swing, with the second round of matches having now been played. As you’d expect, this week’s games were full of goals, with a good mix of controversy mixed in for good measure.
There were also a couple of shock results too, as Europe’s elite club competition delivered once again.
There were no real surprises in Group A as Atletico Madrid made it 2 wins from two with a 3-1 home win against Club Brugge, with World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann chipping in with a brace. Borussia Dortmund ensured they ended the week top of the group with a 3-0 win at home to AS Monaco, as England’s Jadon Sancho showed him class once again, setting up the opener.
After falling behind against PSV, it was business as usual in many ways for Inter in Group B, as they went on to secure an important 2-1 away win. However, it wasn’t a good evening for Spurs, as they lost 4-2 at Wembley to Barcelona. Barca had raced into a two-goal lead by the half hour mark, before Harry Kane struck on 52 minutes. Erick Lamela then scored for Spurs, but his strike was sandwiched between two Lionel Messi goals.
Neymar ran riot in Paris St-Germain’s Group C tie at home to Red Star Belgrade, bagging a hat trick as the French side romped to a 6-1 victory. The gulf in class was evident, as Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe also starred. It was a disappointing evening for last year’s finalists Liverpool though, as they lost 1-0 away at Napoli. Carlos Ancelotti’s side were deserving of their victory, which will be a concern to Jurgen Klopp.
Group D saw two close games occur, with Lokomotiv Moscow losing 1-0 at home to FC Schalke, while FC Porto secured three points against visitors Galatasaray. The 3 points for Sergio Conceicao’s Porto sees them currently occupy first place heading into the next round of fixtures, with Schalke in second on the same amount of points.
Bayern will have been disappointed to draw at home to Ajax in their second game of Group E, but in a way, Ajax will have been equally as disappointed, as the Dutch side created more clear-cut chances than the German Giants. A high scoring affair ended with Benfica leaving Greece with 3 points following a 3-2 win over AEK Athens. The Portuguese side raced into a two-goal lead, before being pegged back to 2-2, but Alfa Semedo popped up in the 74th minute to secure the win.
Manchester City fell behind inside a minute at Hoffenheim in Group F, before Sergio Aguero restored parity just minutes later. A late David Silva strike spared the blushes of Guardiola’s men, who had lost their opening fixture. Group leaders Lyon played out a 2-2 draw at home to Paulo Fonseca’s Shakhtar, who had been two goals to the good until the 70th minute.
Group G saw two very different results, as AS Roma thrashed Viktoria Plzen 5-0. Edin Dzeko scored a perfect hat trick for the Italians, who looked unstoppable on their home turf. Champions Real Madrid headed to Russia looking to build on their 3-0 win over Roma on the opening day but found themselves on the end of a shock result, as CSKA Moscow ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Nikola Vlasic goal.
A Paulo Dybala hat trick was enough for the Italian champions to secure a 3-0 home win against Young Boys in Group H on matchday 2, but all eyes were on the group for a different reason. With Manchester United and José Mourinho seemingly going through a rough patch, they faced Valencia at Old Trafford, and while United were the better team on the night, the game ended up as a 0-0 draw.