New Delhi: The UEFA Champions League’s first matchday is halfway over after eight matches on Tuesday. The contests brought 23 goals, some shocking results, one worrying injury, and much more.
Here are the results of the first 8 matches of day 1:
Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Chelsea
Dinamo Zagreb leads Chelsea to the worst possible start to their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory at the Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb. Dinamo took a surprise lead 13 minutes in as Chelsea were split open by a two-pass counter-attacking move. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said, “It’s an underperformance from us. We don’t finish our half-chances. We conceded a counter-attack that is far too easy.”
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Copenhagen
Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 3-0 victory over FC Copenhagen in its Champions League Group G opener with the Germans playing in front of a rare capacity 81,000 crowd for a European match. Dortmund captain Marco Reus scored for the lead in the 35th minute before Raphael Guerreiro added another just before the break and Jude Bellingham made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute.
RB Salzburg 1-1 AC Milan
AC Milan kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw away at Salzburg. Milan manager Stefano Pioli said, “A good result, with a satisfactory performance but not of high quality. They started off better, we recovered later but we could have done better. Speed in the build-up was missing, especially because they were not that aggressive in the second half”
Real Madrid 3-0 Celtic
Real Madrid claimed a 3-0 victory over Celtic in their Champions League Group F opener on Tuesday. The win came with a big loss as forward Karim Benzema had a knee injury in the first half. Vinicius Jr opened the scoreline from a Federico Valverde cross in the 56th minute. Four minutes later, Luka Modric extended the lead with Eden Hazard scoring in the 77th minute.
Shakhtar Donestk 4-1 RB Leipzig
Just two weeks after the Ukrainian league finally returned for the first time since the start of Russia’s invasion, Shakhtar Donestk pulled off an incredible 4-1 win at Leipzig making it a historic night. They will be playing their home UCL matches in Poland. The club’s social media team showed off their national pride by tweeting, “We are from Ukraine, we win! We are proud of the team!”
PSG 2-1 Juventus
Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Paris Saint-Germain started their quest for Champions League glory with a 2-1 win over Juventus. However, fans are displeased with the Frenchman for not passing the ball to Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Manchester City 4-0 Sevilla 0
It was more of the same for Erling Haaland. Life in Manchester is going even better than expected as he’s now got 12 goals in his first eight games for Man City. He scored twice at Sevilla in an easy 4-0 victory, and he’s continuing to show why he is one of the best strikers in Europe at the moment.
Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa
Alejandro Grimaldo scored a stunning long-range goal as Benfica eased to a 2-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa in their opening Champions League Group H fixture at the Estadio da Luz.