The suspense was breathtaking this Tuesday on all the lawns where the Champions League was being contested. Several matches were played in the very last minutes, like PSV’s equalizer against Sevilla in the 96th minute. Only one match ended with more than a goal difference. Crazy.
Mathys Tel makes Bavarian fans exult
How hard it was for the Bavarians in Copenhagen. However, the supporters came in large numbers to support their colors, and largely marked the start of the second half by setting their stands on fire. A beautiful image which should have given the Munich residents wings, but that was not quite the case.
Uninspired, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, Harry Kane and others did not even appear very dangerous throughout the meeting. Worse, it was former Bordelais Lukas Lerager who opened the scoring in the 56th minute by emerging following a blocked shot from Viktor Claesson. Still brilliant in the heart of the game, young Jamal Musiala still revived his team ten minutes later by playing past two opponents and unleashing a magnificent strike from the edge of the area.
Deliverance finally came from the young 18-year-old Frenchman Mathys Tel. Entering the pitch five minutes earlier in place of Leroy Sané, the Villiers-le-Bel prodigy perfectly concluded an action initiated by Thomas Muller, who had shifted him to the penalty spot. This is the striker’s sixth goal in just ten small appearances since the start of the season, his second in the Champions League after having already scored against Manchester United in the first match.
Mauro Icardi crucifie Manchester United
The evening was much crueler for Rasmus Hojlund, the summer defector from the Mancunians. Because the Dane had done everything to offer his team its first points in this 2023-2024 Champions League, scoring a double in the 17th and 67th minute, which twice gave the English the advantage. But both times, Galatasaray managed to get back on track, first thanks to Wilfried Zaha then via Kerem Akturkoglu.
As in almost all matches this Tuesday evening, the match finally got carried away in the last fifteen minutes when, following a poorly controlled tackle, Casemiro caused a penalty and received a second yellow card, synonymous with expulsion. Despite this golden opportunity, Mauro Icardi initially missed, missing the shot on goal, before making up for it by subtly lobbing André Onana.
Jude Bellingham terrasse Naples
Manhandled at the very start of the match, as evidenced by Leo Ostigard’s opening score from a corner, and in the second half, Real Madrid finally overthrew Rudi Garcia’s Naples. As impressive as ever, Jude Bellingham was once again one of the saviors of the Madrilenians. In the 27th minute, it was thanks to one of his subtle shifts that the Brazilian Vinicius Junior was able to restore equality, before the Englishman himself came to give his team the lead. Untouchable, the midfielder took advantage of his incredible technique to pass the entire defense and score his 8th goal of the season.
Despite this nice clearing, Real Madrid’s performance was rather dull. At the start of the second half, a hand from Nacho in the area offered a deserved penalty to Piotr Zielinski, who did not miss the opportunity to equalize. It was ultimately an own goal from goalkeeper Alex Meret following a corner which allowed the Madrilenians to win and isolate themselves at the top of Group C, with three points ahead of Naples and Braga. Earlier in the evening, the Portuguese club managed to overcome a two-goal deficit against Union Berlin.
Lens takes advantage of the draw between PSV and Sevilla
The evening was perfect for the Sangs et Or. Thanks to their victory against Arsenal, but also the draw between PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla, the Lensois took the lead in their group. Between the Dutch and the Spanish, the last ten minutes were totally crazy. While the Sevillians thought they had done the hard part by opening the score via Nemanja Gudelj, PSV regained hope in the 86th minute thanks to a penalty from Luuk de Jong.
It was, however, short-lived, since Youssef En-Nesyri only needed a minute to once again give the Spaniards the lead. Move of mercy ? No not at all. Eight minutes later, after already five minutes of added time, Jordan Teze took advantage of a ball lying around in the area to shoot Orjan Nyland and snatch a point. If this goal allows the Dutch to survive in this group B, it especially allows Lens to take the lead, even if the margin is tiny, with only three points ahead of the last one.
The results :
Copenhague – Bayern Munich 1-2
Manchester United – Galatasaray 2-3
Lens – Arsenal 2-1
PSV – Sevilla 2-2
Naples – Real Madrid 2-3
Union Berlin – Braga 2-3
Salzburg – Real Sociedad 0-2
Inter Milan – Benfica 1-0