At the Allianz Arena, the score ends 4-3 after thousands of emotions. In the Inter group, Salzburg beat Benfica, and in the Napoli group, Ancelotti’s Blancos won in stoppage time over Union Berlin. A draw between Sevilla and Lens and between Galatasaray and Copenhagen
An evening of great emotions in the Champions League. The results presented by Allianz were impressive, as Bayern took advantage of Onana’s bad evening (who missed the first goal) and beat Manchester United 4-3. The final at the Bernabéu was a stunning one as Real Madrid managed to beat Bonucci’s Union Berlin for the first time only in the 94th minute with Bellingham’s usual goal. Arsenal roars and crushes PSV Eindhoven 4-0 with four different goals. An inside kick for Benfica, which – with 10 men from the start of the match – has two goals from Salzburg. Finally, a draw between Sevilla and Lens (1-1) and between Galatasaray and Copenhagen (2-2) with the Turks coming back in the end.
Real Madrid – Union Berlin 1-0
Union Berlin’s Champions League debut coincides with the debut of Leonardo Bonucci at the German club, who starts in the back three at the Bernabéu. Gosens is also present from the first minute, while Real Bellingham are confirmed behind Rodrigo and Joselu. At the start of the match, the Spanish striker caught the eye with three shots, even if he failed to hit the target. As time passed, Ancelotti’s team gained meters and chances, but in the first half the score was still 0-0. In the second half, Goossens made it 0-1, and in the 50th minute Rodrygo shot first at Rono and then against the post. From then on, the Whites gained confidence and surrounded the opposition box: Joselu (again with a header) and Modric (from distance) came close, but Rono converted their shots into a corner kick. Rudiger, Rodrigo and Valverde also tried, but the 1-0 goal did not arrive until the 94th minute: the decisive impact coming from the usual Bellingham, his sixth goal of the season, who scored into an empty net after a corner kick.
Galatasaray – Copenhagen 2-2
In front of their fans, the Turks challenge Copenhagen by focusing on a superior 4-2-3-1 attacking plan. In midfield there is former Fiorentina player Torreira, and Icardi is in the attacking line supported by Ziyech, Mertens and Akturtoglu. In the first half hour, the visitors struggled but held on, and with the first good opportunity, they took the lead: in the 35th minute, Elyounoussi took advantage of a tower in the area to collect the ball and send it past Muslera. The Danes’ coldness condemns Icardi and his companions: In the 58th minute, the Giallorossi’s defense falls asleep and Copenhagen finds itself with two men face to face with Muslera. Diogo Goncalves took advantage of this, receiving the ball in a central position and scoring the score 2-0. The game changed towards the end, as Copenhagen were down to ten men due to Christiansen’s sending off (for his second yellow card). Gala went on the attack and within two minutes they equalized thanks to Jozy Tite. In the 86th minute, the Brazilian passed the ball to Pouille to make the score 1-2, and a few moments later he made it 2-2 with a shot from his left foot.
Bayern – Manchester United 4-3
Kim on the one hand, and Hoglund and Onana on the other: the big match of the evening includes – albeit in a negative way – the former stars of the Italian League. In Munich, the balance prevails until the half-hour mark, but then Bayern gets excited. Duck exploit from the former Inter goalkeeper. In the 28th minute, Sane exchanged the ball with Kane, kicked it over the edge and scored 1-0: his shot was in the middle and could not be resisted, but the Cameroonian let it slip away in a strange way. United are collapsing psychologically and the Germans are unforgiving: 4 minutes pass and Musiala sends Gnabry an easy ball to shoot into the net for a 2-0 lead. English hopes were revived again in the 49th minute when Hoglund made it 2-1 with a shot from inside the penalty area. But in the 53rd minute, Bayern restored the double lead: Eriksen handled the ball in the penalty area, and Kane appeared on the spot and made it 3-1. Three goals reach the final: two goals by Casemiro, who first scored with a touch from the ground and then saved a Fernandes free-kick, and another by Matthijs Till, born in 2005, who has already scored twice for Bayern in the final. Bundesliga.
Seville Lens 1-1
Sevilla took the lead immediately, and Lins recovered from Fulgini’s free kick. An entertaining challenge is taking place in Andalusia, between the last European League champions and the French, who are back in the Champions League twenty years after the last time. The goal that opened the match was scored by Ocampos, who beat Samba in the eighth minute with a header from a corner kick. In the 24th minute, Volgini equalized the score directly from a free kick, beating Dmitrovic with a shot that hit the post. Sevilla took the lead in the last half hour, benefiting from the play of substitute Lukebaku, but was unable to achieve the three points.
It was all easy for Arteta’s Arsenal, who were already ahead after eight minutes thanks to Bukayo Saka’s first Champions League goal. The England winger scored from an assist after Benitez’s clearance, and in the 20th minute, he also provided the assist to make it 2-0. Gabriel Jesus starts the counterattack, and Saka advances from the right side and then sends Trossard on the edge of the area. The Belgian makes no mistake, sending the ball with his right foot into the bottom corner. The English are organized in the defensive phase and are good at attacking on the wings, and PSV cannot hold on and limit themselves to trying to avoid Goliada: the plan did not work, because in the 37th minute Jesus was alone in the penalty area and the score was unhindered 3-0. After the break, the pace drops, but Arsenal find a game of poker with their captain. Odegaard finished the game with a shot from distance: a left-footed cross that Benitez could not catch.
Benfica – Salzburg 0-2
In the first quarter-hour of the match between Benfica and Salzburg, Inter’s next opponent, everything happens. In the second minute, Pavlovic fell inside the penalty area, but the Austrians relied on Konate, who shot high from a penalty kick. Joao Mario tried to play the Portuguese attack, and in the 12th minute he shot towards the goal, but it hit the outside post. In the 13th minute, another penalty kick for Salzburg: Simic’s shot hits the crossbar, then Antonio Silva touches it with his hand and is sent off. This time, from eleven metres, Simic appears and makes no mistakes. Salzburg took the lead and Schmidt’s side found themselves with one man less. Di Maria’s skill was not enough to restore balance, and at the beginning of the second half, Morato passed the ball to the Austrians, and he quickly set off again and doubled the score through Jallouch.
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