Champions League: Istanbul Basaksehir Stun Manchester United, PSG Lose To RB Leipzig & More
In Wednesday’s Champions League fixtures, the thrilling events and surprising events continued.
Manchester United’s winning streak in the competition did not last after a defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir. The Turkish club stunned Manchester United and won 2-1. Istanbul Basaksehir’s Demba Ba scored the first goal followed by a goal from Edin Visca. Manchester United’s Anthony Martial scored before halftime, but the Reds were unable to complete a comeback.
The Zenit St.Petersburg and Lazio fixture ended with a draw. Zenit’s Aleksandr Yerokhin scored the first goal. Then, Lazio’s Felipe Caicedo equalized the score with a late goal.
FC Barcelona narrowly defeated Dynamo Kyiv, 2-1. FC Barcelona was awarded an early penalty, which Lionel Messi scored. In the second half, FC Barcelona’s Gerard Pique scored a header. Shortly afterward, Dynamo Kyiv’s Viktor Tsyhankov scored. FC Barcelona looked nervous and shaky. The Catalan club does not look like potential winners of the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Champions League as Juventus defeated Ferencvaros, 4-1. Juventus dominated the game as Alvaro Morata scored two goals and then Paulo Dybala scored one. Ferencvaros’ Lasha Dvali scored an own goal, to keep Juventus 4-0. Franck Boli scored Ferencvaros’ only goal.
Borussia Dortmund defeated Club Brugge, 3-0. Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard scored one goal and Erling Haaland scored two. This win is Dortmund’s second win in the competition after a win against Zenit St. Petersberg.
Europa League champions Sevilla defeated Krasnodar, 3-2 in a 5 goal thriller. Krasnodar’s Magomed Suleymanov scored the first goal. Krasnodar was awarded a penalty, scored by Marcus Berg. Sevilla started bouncing back after Ivan Rakitic scored before the end of the first half, but afterward Jesus Navas was sent off, which was a big blow to the club. However, in the second half, Sevilla completed a comeback with Youssef En Nesyri scoring two goals.
Chelsea cruised past Rennes, winning 3-0. Chelsea was awarded two penalties, which Timo Werner scored after replacing Jorginho as the club’s penalty taker. Rennes’ Dalbert Estevao was sent off in the second half, giving Chelsea an advantage. Tammy Abraham scored Chelsea’s third goal in the second half.
RB Leipzig defeated PSG, 2-1 as the French side suffered their second defeat in the competition. PSG’s Angel Di Maria scored an early goal, Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku scored the equalizer. Leipzig was awarded a penalty in the second half, which Emil Forsberg scored. PSG’s Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe were both sent off. With the absence of Neymar and Mbappe, PSG did not look as strong as it usually is.