Champions League: the big blow of Barça, the card of Manchester United and the success of Chelsea … What to remember from this evening of C1
• Dembélé offers victory to Barça, cursed Morata
The resignation of the Catalan president Josep Maria Bartomeu has she released FC Barcelona players? No one knows but the men of Koeman seemed more uninhibited this Wednesday evening on the lawn of Juventus than in their defeat last weekend against Real Madrid (1-3). With the French Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann Holders in the offensive quartet, the Barcelona have imposed themselves by managing a lead acquired in the first quarter of an hour.
After a post found by Griezmann in the first minutes (2nd), Dembélé, holder for the second time of the season, had indeed found the opening in the first period, with great success on a counter strike that will have deceived Szczesny (14th). After this goal, the Barcelona were content to manage this advantage, despite the attempts of the players to Pirlo deprived of Cristiano Ronaldo, in fourteen because positive for the coronavirus. Morata will thus have been more than unhappy – or too in a hurry – this evening, since the Spanish striker has scored three goals … all refused for offside positions. The referee of this shock thus had recourse twice to video refereeing to invalidate these equalizations.
Abused, the Old Lady finished at 10 after the exclusion of Demiral and conceded a second goal in added time from a penalty of Messi (90 + 1st), to concede his first defeat of the season in C1. Barça, for its part, is recovering perfectly from its disillusionment against Real last weekend and seizes only first place in Group G. A pool in which Dynamo Kiev can feed regrets. The Ukrainians conceded a draw at Ferencvaros against 6,000 Hungarian fans. They exploded with joy with the equalizer in the dying seconds of Boli (90th). Before that, Nguen had reduced the score (59th) after the goals of Tsygankov (28th) and From Pena (41st) for Kiev.
• Manchester United crushes Leipzig and takes control
Moribund in the Premier League, the Red Devils impress in the Champions League. After their victory on the lawn of Paris Saint-Germain last week (2-1), Manchester United easily won against RB Leipzig (5-0), semi-finalist of the last edition of the C1. The players of Solskjaer dominated the debates to impose themselves quietly, with Martial and Pogba holders at kick-off. The French midfielder was also very good, delivering an assist for the youngster’s first goal. Greenwood in the Champions League (21st).
Far from being ridiculous, the players of Nagelsmann however took water at the very end of the match, after the successive entries of Bruno Fernandes and Rashford. The first first served the second party to the limit of offside for the second goal of the Red Devils (75th). Three minutes later, the England striker offered himself a brace by hooking Upamecano before cheating Gulasci (78th). Martial also participated in the party by scoring a penalty moments later (87th), before Rashford scored a hat-trick in added time (90 + 2nd). With this great success, Manchester took control of Group H, ahead of PSG and Leipzig.
• First success for Chelsea
Opponents of Stade Rennais in Group E, Chelsea won for the first time this season in C1 after their draw at home against Sevilla (0-0). The English crushed, at home, the Russians of Krasnodar (4-0). Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring a few minutes before half-time, on a big mistake by the goalkeeper Safonov (37th), however imperial against Rennes last week.
The Blues of Lampard then took shelter in the last minutes of the meeting, thanks to the goals of Werner from the penalty spot (76th), the first achievement in the Chelsea shirt of Ziyech (79th) and the first goal of the season Pulisic (90th). With this great success, the English take the lead of the group, ahead of Seville despite the same number of points, thanks to a better goal difference.
• Dortmund are doing well, Lazio hanging on
Defeated on entry onto the lawn of Lazio Rome (2-3), Borussia Dortmund had to redeem themselves to believe in qualifying for the knockout stages. Facing the Zenith Saint Petersburg, the men of Favre did well after a rather bland meeting. Dominators, without getting any real chances, the Borussia players opened the scoring late in the match, on a penalty converted by Sancho (78th). Never satisfied, Haaland for his part had to wait for the very last seconds to score his 8th goal of the season (90 + 1st).
In the group’s other match, Italians Lazio scared each other on the Brugge pitch. After opening the scoring with a nice curled shot from Correa (14th), the players ofInzaghi gave in on a penalty caused by Patric, for the equalization of Vanaken (42nd). In the second half, the Laziale suffered against a talented team from Bruges who wanted to become the first Belgian team in history to win their first two C1 matches. In this group F, Lazio remains in the lead, ahead of Bruges on goal difference, while Dortmund occupies 3rd place.