It seems like we’ve barely had time to attract breath since Bayern Munich hoisted the Champions League trophy aloft following their victory over Paris Saint-Germain again in August, however on Tuesday night time the competitors ignited as soon as extra with eight unbelievable ties throughout Europe.
Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester United started their group-stage campaigns with arguably the hardest ties they might have confronted at this stage of the competitors, whereas match hopefuls Barcelona and Juventus had been additionally in motion.
Learn on, or soar to the sport of your selection, for highlights and response from all eight Matchday 1 video games within the 2020/21 Champions League on BT Sport – your private home of European soccer.
Andrea Pirlo made the right begin to life as a Champions League coach by rising from a difficult journey to Kiev with all three factors due to Alvaro Morata’s double.
Juventus struggled to interrupt down a resolute, organised Kiev facet within the first half however 50 seconds within the the second interval the impasse was damaged – Morata reacting shortly to fireplace dwelling a rebound.
The Ukrainians confirmed extra attacking intent from thereon after however had been punished for some lapse defending as Morata evaded his marker to nod within the second late on.
Membership Brugge sprung a shock in Russia because the Belgians emerged from St Petersburg with a sensational win due to Charles De Ketelaere’s 93rd-minute winner.
Brugge went forward simply previous the hour mark via Emmanuel Bonaventure however a screamer from Dejan Lovren – rebounded off the goalkeeper – drew Zenit degree.
The guests had the final chortle although when 19-year-old De Ketelaere scored three minutes into added time.
Manchester United had been indebted to Marcus Rashford as soon as once more in Paris because the England ahead lashed dwelling the winner simply as he did two seasons beforehand on the Parc des Princes.
United began properly and went forward via Bruno Fernandes’ spot-kick – albeit after the Portuguese midfielder had the primary effort saved.
The primary effort was referred to as again attributable to Keylor Navas’ beginning place so Fernandes had one other likelihood and made no mistake this time with one more purpose from the spot for United.
However PSG, regardless of wanting sluggish all through, drew degree by way of a fortuitous personal purpose as Anthony Martial diverted Neymar’s cross previous David De Gea and into his personal internet.
It was as much as Martial’s strike associate to bail him out and Rashford did so with aplomb. Six minutes remaining and the 22-year-old burst previous his marker and lashed into the underside nook to seal all three factors on Matchday 1 for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United.
Chelsea opened their Champions League marketing campaign with a relatively drab 0-0 draw at dwelling to Europa League winners Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.
In a match the place neither facet had a lot in the way in which of huge probabilities, Chelsea had been glad to name on Edouard Mendy who saved properly from Nemanja Gudelj’s deflected header.
Sevilla had additional probabilities via Suso, Lucas Ocampos and Joan Jordan – whose fierce volley went simply large – however could not discover the breakthrough.
For Chelsea, the perfect they might muster had been first rate headed probabilities from Kurt Zouma and Ben Chilwell and so they now head to Krasnodar on Wednesday night in Group E.
Lazio secured a powerful win over Borussia Dortmund because the Italians put apart a dismal home begin to the season to earn a shock 3-1 victory over Lucien Favre’s males.
Taking part in within the group levels of the Champions League for the primary time in 13 years, Lazio went forward when Ciro Motionless netted towards his former membership earlier than Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz’s unlucky personal purpose gave them daylight.
Erling Haaland pulled one again after being teed up by Gio Reyna however Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro sealed all three factors for the house facet 14 minutes from time.
Final season’s semi-finalists RB Leipzig eased to a snug win over newcomers Istanbul Basaksehir due to a double from Angelino.
The ex-Man Metropolis man, an unlikely hero, netted twice in 4 first-half minutes to place Julian Nagelsmann’s facet properly on their approach to victory.
The decide of the objectives? A sumptious flip and end that Dennis Bergkamp would have been happy with as Leipzig earned three factors forward of their journey to Outdated Trafford.
Rennes claimed a degree from their Champions League debut because the Ligue 1 facet had been held 1-1 by Russian outfit Krasnodar at Roazhon Park.
The French facet went forward within the 56th minute via Serhou Guirassy’s opener from the spot however the lead cancelled out three minutes later by Cristian Ramirez’s strike.
Rennes now journey to Europa League winners Sevilla in Matchday 2 subsequent week whereas Krasnodar play host to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Barcelona started laying to relaxation the ghost of final season’s 8-2 with an emphatic victory over Hungarian champions Ferencvaros at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi scored the opener from the spot – the sixteenth consecutive Champions League season the place the Argentinian has discovered the web – earlier than Ansu Fati made it 2-0 within the forty second minute.
Philippe Coutinho completed off a well-worked transfer seven minutes into the second half earlier than a particular second for the Hungarians as Ihor Kharatin scored a penalty kick.
Seventeen-year-old Pedri netted on his Champions League debut earlier than Ousmane Dembele wrapped up the Barcelona – who completed with 10 males after Gerard Pique was proven pink within the incident for Ferencvaros’ penalty.