New disillusion for FC Barcelona, Juventus walks and Chelsea remains effective. Discover the results of this first evening of the Champions League.
For its first in the Champions League without Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona received Bayern Munich and had to show a completely different face than in the 8-2 conceded in the Final 8, in 2020. Ronald Koeman had decided to line up a 3- 5-2 with a Garcia, Araujo and Piqué hinge. L. De Jong and Depay made up the attacking duo. Bayern side, we found a classic 4-5-1 with the presence of Upamecano in central defense and Musiala on the right wing.
After a start to the game where the two teams played a game of chess, Julian Nagelsmann’s men then passed second gear. ter Stegen was forced to deflect in extremis in front of Sané (19th), before Pique against Musiala just before a point blank shot (27th). Barça will have held on until then, but Muller, completely free in front of the area, released a heavy shot deflected by Garcia’s back to open the scoring (1-0, 34 ‘).
Offensively, the Blaugranas offered no solution and tried to swing long balls towards Depay, without success. Superior on all fronts, Bayern was looking for a break and still found ter Stegen (52nd). After another strike from Musiala on the bar, Lewandowski had followed well and could conclude to open his counter in C1 this season (2-0, 56th) before offering himself a double at the end of the game after a humiliation on Pique (3 -0, 84e). By winning at Camp Nou, the Munichers achieve the hardest before receiving Dynamo Kiev. FC Barcelona will have to revive at Benfica.
Chelsea narrowly win
In a complicated match where the formation of Zénit will have hampered the plans of Thomas Tuchel throughout the game, Chelsea managed to win on the wire (again) thanks to Lukaku. After a closed first period, the Blues struggled to create opportunities after the break. But it only took one try to turn the game around. On a beautiful cross from Azpilicueta, Lukaku was found at the far post and could send an unstoppable header for Kritsyuk (1-0, 69th). Before his trip to the lawn of Juventus, the Blues will hardly have done the hard part.
And the evening will have been much quieter for the Bianconeri. Without difficulty on the lawn of Malmo, Juventus mastered the game and quickly opened the scoring thanks to Sandro (1-0, 23rd). Before the break, Dybala offered the break from the penalty spot (2-0, 45th), before a new goal from Morata in added time (45th + 1). What’s next for Malmo? A trip to the Zénit meadow.
In the other meetings of the evening, Atalanta snatched the draw on the lawn of Villarreal after a match full of intensity. Quickly, Freuler took over a cross from Zapata to open the scoring (1-0, 6th), before Villarreal, in a strong moment after Freuler’s goal, equalized by Trigueros (1-1, 39th). In the second half, the ball went from one goal to another but it was the Yellow Sub who took the lead thanks to a good recovery from Danjuma (2-1, 73rd). It was not until the last moments to see Gosens equalize (2-2, 83rd). Villarreal performed the wrong operation of the evening before a trip to Old Trafford, while Atalanta will host the Young Boys, Manchester United scorers. Finally, Benfica could not do better than to hang the draw at Dynamo Kiev, who believed to have opened the scoring in added time thanks to Shaparenko (90th + 3), but the VAR decided otherwise.
The results of the evening
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich : Muller (35th), Lewandowski (56th, 85th)
Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint-Petersburg: Lukaku (69th)
Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta: Trigueros (39th), Danjuma (73rd) / Freuler (6th), Gosens (83rd).
Malmo 0-3 Juventus : Sandro (23rd), Dybala (45th), Morata (45th + 1)
Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Benfica