Erling Haaland haunted his former membership as Manchester Metropolis had been compelled to return from a objective all the way down to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and put one foot within the final 16 of the Champions League.
The Norwegian had been stored remarkably quiet, however solely wanted the slighted glimpse of objective to increase his scoring streak to 6 video games as his telescopic left leg prodded residence the winner six minutes from time.
Haaland has now scored 13 targets in his first eight aggressive video games for Metropolis since they met his discount £51 million ($58 million) buyout clause from the German giants.
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Jude Bellingham had given Dortmund the lead 11 minutes into the second half. However a triple substitution awoke Metropolis from their slumber and two targets in 4 minutes turned the sport round.
John Stones’ piledriver from exterior the field levelled with assistance from some poor goalkeeping from Alexander Meyer.
Haaland then took centre stage by by some means stretching to satisfy Joao Cancelo’s cross and beat Meyer at his close to publish.
Victory sees Metropolis open up a three-point lead on the prime of Group G, with Dortmund nonetheless in second after FC Copenhagen and Sevilla performed out a 0-0 draw within the Danish capital.
Bellingham admitted on the eve of the sport he had no thought how Haaland may be stopped.
However the Germans did a great job of suffocating the service to their former star striker as the primary 45 minutes handed with barely any goalmouth motion to notice.
The guests had been additionally first to threaten when the primary huge probability did arrive 5 minutes into the second half.
An incisive counter-attack fed Marco Reus inside the realm and he left one other former Dortmund man Manuel Akanji on the bottom earlier than bending his shot inches extensive of the far publish.
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Metropolis didn’t heed the get up name as 4 minutes later, Dortmund did break the impasse.
Bellingham has been strongly linked with a transfer again to the Premier League with Metropolis, Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly .
The England worldwide was fast to close down hypothesis over his future on Tuesday and will have added a number of extra hundreds of thousands to his price ticket as he timed his run completely to go in Reus’ cross.
Guardiola responded instantly with a triple substitution as Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez had been referred to as upon so as to add extra guile within the remaining third.
Foden almost created the possibility Haaland had been ready for all evening with a purposeful run into the field and low cross that required a superb last-ditch interception from Mats Hummels.
When Metropolis’s equaliser did arrive, it got here from an unlikely supply as Stones blasted residence his first Champions League objective since 2017 from exterior the field.
Haaland was to not be denied the headlines, although, as Cancelo’s creative cross with the skin of his proper foot was pounced on by Metropolis’s large quantity 9 who raised his foot to go top to flick the ball residence.
POTTER LEFT FRUSTRATED AS CHELSEA DEBUT FALLS SHORT
Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter was left annoyed as Crimson Bull Salzburg spoiled his first match in cost with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw within the Champions League.
It’s the first time since 1999-2000 that Chelsea has didn’t win each of their opening two matches of a UEFA Champions League.
Potter was on target for a profitable debut when Raheem Sterling put Chelsea forward early within the second half at Stamford Bridge.
However the former Brighton boss, who changed Thomas Tuchel final week, needed to accept a degree as Noah Okafor punished sloppy defending to equalise within the closing phases.
It was a largely underwhelming efficiency from Chelsea, underlining the work Potter should do to restore the issues within the expensively assembled squad left behind by Tuchel.
Tuchel was dismissed within the aftermath of Chelsea’s embarrassing 1-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb of their Champions League opener.
Having taken only one level from their first two Group E matches, Chelsea now face a battle to qualify for the knockout phases with two matches in opposition to AC Milan looming.
With Sunday’s Premier League sport in opposition to Liverpool postponed because of the forthcoming funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Potter should wait till October 1 for his second sport when Chelsea journey to Crystal Palace after the worldwide break.
No less than that can give Potter time to search out his ft after he was appointed simply 24 hours after Tuchel’s shock exit — sparking what the 47-year-old described as a “whirlwind” week as he begins the largest problem of his profession.
Potter earned widespread admiration for his spectacular work with Brighton, who loved their highest Premier League end final season when the Englishman led them to ninth place.
However thriving on a restricted funds at Brighton supplies solely scant preparation for the distinctive calls for of dealing with a membership of Chelsea’s ambition.
Potter had by no means even been to a Champions League sport earlier than strolling into Stamford Bridge, along with his solely earlier expertise of continental competitors coming within the Europa League with Swedish minnows Ostersunds.
He marked the event by recalling his previous Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella, in addition to Thiago Silva and Jorginho, rather than Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Surprisingly used at left wing-back in Potter’s 3-4-3 formation, Sterling spent a lot of his time extra involved with assault than defence.
The England ahead had a close-range volley blocked and Cucurella’s cutback reached Mason Mount, whose shot fizzed extensive from the sting of the realm.
Within the first sport since Tuchel was sacked, Chelsea supporters, many shocked by his ruthless dismissal, paid tribute to the German within the twenty first minute.
The time was chosen as Tuchel lifted Chelsea’s second Champions League trophy once they beat Manchester Metropolis within the 2021 remaining.
If that show of affection may need made Potter really feel uncomfortable, he was shifting awkwardly once more when Salzburg almost snatched the lead late within the first half.
Benjamin Sesko was the dangerman with a 25-yard drive that compelled a scrambling save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Potter’s males didn’t muster a single shot on course within the opening 45 minutes of his reign.
However the leading edge they missed within the first half was offered by Sterling within the forty eighth minute.
Reece James’ raking move despatched Mount away down the precise flank and his low cross reached Sterling, who curled a wonderful end into the far nook from simply inside the realm.
But Sterling’s fourth objective since his close-season transfer from Manchester Metropolis didn’t function a springboard for victory.
Okafor’s glancing header examined Kepa in a warning that Chelsea didn’t heed as Salzburg equalised with quarter-hour left.
Bedevilled by defensive mishaps within the remaining weeks of Tuchel’s reign, Chelsea folded far too straightforward.
They squandered possession in midfield earlier than Silva didn’t clear Junior Adamu’s cross as Okafor transformed with a low end that deflected off the slow-to-react Azpilicueta.
Armando Broja and Hakim Ziyech wasted late possibilities to revive Chelsea’s lead because the Potter period began in low-key style.
AC MILANS TOPS GROUP E AS FAN STABBING ROCKS GAME
AC Milan moved prime of Champions League Group E after a routine 3-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
Olivier Giroud’s penalty on the stroke of half-time and additional targets from Alexis Saelemaekers and Tommaso Pobega had been sufficient for Milan to leapfrog Dinamo into first place on 4 factors.
Milan are seven-time European champions however have solely returned to the highest desk in latest seasons after years within the doldrums.
Mario Balotelli was taking part in up entrance and Massimiliano Allegri was coach when Milan beat Celtic in September 2013 however now the ‘Rossoneri’ seem firmly again within the huge time.
Dinamo tried to frustrate Milan in the same approach to how they handled Chelsea of their opening day win in Croatia and Ante Cacic’s facet did a great job in holding off the Italian champions till Josip Sutalo introduced down Rafael Leao within the forty third minute.
Giroud stepped as much as the penalty spot and netted his fourth objective of the season, giving Milan the lead and opening up what had been a decent match.
Saelemaekers appeared to have damaged Dinamo’s resistance two minutes after the restart by heading residence Leao’s cross.
However 9 minutes later the away facet gave the match new life by way of Mislav Orsic, who rifled in a robust end from Bruno Petkovic’s pleasant flicked help.
Milan weren’t rattled although and sealed the factors with a nicely-worked objective with 13 minutes remaining.
Theo Hernandez received to the byline earlier than pulling again an inviting move from which Italy worldwide Pobega crashed in his first Milan objective off the underside of the bar.
It was a primary ever objective within the Champions League for Pobega, who got here by way of Milan’s youth system and is now again along with his boyhood membership after 4 years on mortgage at a sequence of Italian golf equipment.
Earlier than the sport, a Dinamo Zagreb fan was stabbed, in line with experiences.
Information company AGI says a 39-year-old man was knifed within the buttocks as two Dinamo followers had been attacked close to the San Siro stadium which is internet hosting the Group E match.
Police in Milan mentioned that 36 Dinamo followers had been intercepted, with 23 charged “for a wide range of offences” and 20 handed stadium bans.
REAL MADRID MAINTAIN PERFECT START
Late strikes from Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio’s allowed Actual Madrid to keep up their 100 per cent begin to the Champions League marketing campaign with a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig.
It threatened to be a irritating evening for the report 14-time winners and reigning champions till Valverde lastly offered the breakthrough, persevering with his wonderful latest type and celebrating emphatically in entrance of a relieved Santiago Bernabeu after netting within the eightieth minute.
Substitute Asensio then slammed residence the second in stoppage time after Toni Kroos pulled a brief free-kick again to the sting of the field. That wrapped up the win and stored Madrid prime of Group F on six factors, forward of Shakhtar Donestsk on 4.
Leipzig had examined Thibaut Courtois early on when Christopher Nkunku broke down the precise flank and squeezed off a shot from a decent angle. On the different finish Rodrygo dragged a strike extensive of the close to publish.
The Brazilian ahead, taking part in as a false 9 within the absence of injured talisman Karim Benzema, was chosen over Eden Hazard and Asensio for the position after impressing in opposition to Actual Mallorca final weekend in La Liga.
There have been half-chances at each ends for Timo Werner and Eduardo Camavinga, earlier than the most effective alternative of the primary half fell to Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger, who steered a header effectively extensive of objective from a harmful place within the field.
Luka Modric tumbled below heavy strain within the space shortly earlier than the break however his appeals had been waved away, to the chagrin of Madrid’s more and more annoyed followers.
After netting 16 targets of their final 5 video games, residence supporters anticipated extra creativity and coach Carlo Ancelotti took motion by sending on Asensio for midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.
The ahead was whistled by some sectors of the Bernabeu after he had proven his frustration at not being given extra sport time this season on the facet of the pitch in the course of the win over Mallorca.
The hosts’ angst grew when Vinicius, the scorer of final season’s Champions League remaining profitable objective in opposition to Liverpool, was denied by Peter Gulasci from shut vary after Valverde had barrelled into the realm in usually intense style.
Madrid broke the impasse when Uruguayan midfielder Valverde, deployed on the precise of the assault to nice impact, reduce inside and curled residence along with his weaker left foot.
It was his third objective in six video games, following strikes in opposition to Celta Vigo and Mallorca, with the 24-year-old persevering with to point out why he’s most well-liked within the place.
Asensio additionally staked his declare along with his late contribution to supply Ancelotti and his detractors within the stands meals for thought.
MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR CELTIC
Celtic had been left to rue a number of missed possibilities as Ange Postecoglou’s facet drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk within the Champions League group stage in Warsaw.
Artem Bondarenko’s personal objective gave Celtic an early lead in Shakhtar’s non permanent residence within the Polish capital, however Mykhailo Mudryk equalised with a thumping end after operating in behind the guests’ defence.
The Scottish champions compelled Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin right into a sequence of saves and spurned late possibilities as they needed to accept a degree, their first within the competitors since their final look in 2017-18.
“Clearly we want that second objective and we had good possibilities to get it, however from my perspective I can’t ask any extra of them,” mentioned Postecoglou.
“We’ll get our rewards if we hold taking part in that form of soccer and exhibiting that form of dedication.”
“Extra important than the purpose was the efficiency,” he added.
After paying the value for not capitalising on a powerful begin in final week’s 3-0 loss to Actual Madrid, Celtic threatened with only a minute gone in Warsaw, the place Shakhtar are taking part in their European residence video games as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Kyogo Furuhashi discovered his path to objective blocked by Trubin, however the Hoops quickly made the breakthrough as Sead Haksabanovic slid the ball by way of for Reo Hatate, whose try deflected off Bondarenko and trickled into the web.
Celtic almost made it 2-0 when Moritz Jenz’s shot was stored out by Trubin’s leg. It proved a key cease as Shakhtar rapidly levelled.
Georgiy Sudakov threaded a move by way of the Celtic backline, with Mudryk racing on to it earlier than lashing an unerring end previous Joe Hart.
Hart denied Shakhtar a second by turning behind a curling strike from former Celtic ahead Marian Shved, whereas Trubin shovelled away a dipping shot by Portuguese winger Jota to start out the second half.
Matt O’Riley’s effort from vary was tipped to security as Celtic continued to create alternatives, with substitutes Giorgos Giakoumakis and Daizen Maeda each going agonisingly shut late on.
RANGERS DEFY UEFA BUT DEFEATED BY NAPOLI
Rangers defied UEFA by taking part in “God save the King” earlier than being undone by a crimson card to James Sands in a 3-0 defeat to Napoli at Ibrox.
The Scottish membership ignored a choice by European soccer’s governing physique to reject their request to make use of the nationwide anthem forward of kick-off because the late Queen Elizabeth 11 was honoured by a large followers’ show.
Nevertheless, Rangers’ return to the Champions League after a 12-year absence is rapidly turning right into a nightmare on the sector as per week on from shedding their opening group sport 4-0 to Ajax, Napoli ran riot in opposition to 10 males within the second half.
The sport turned 10 minutes into the second interval when USA worldwide Sands was proven a second yellow card for hauling down Giovanni Simeone inside the realm.
Remarkably, Rangers’ 40-year-old goalkeeper Allan McGregor saved two Piotr Zielinski penalties after a retake was ordered for encroachment when Matteo Politano swept residence the rebound from the primary spot-kick.
Politano himself took cost and made no mistake when Napoli had been awarded a 3rd penalty 22 minutes from time for handball by Borna Barisic.
As Rangers then pushed for a route again into the sport, the spectacular Italians opened them as much as again up their 4-1 win over Liverpool final week.
A slick workforce transfer teed up Giacomo Raspadori to fit into the far nook earlier than Tanguy Ndombele pounced on an error by Glen Kamara to spherical off the scoring.
SUPERSTARS SCORE AS PSG STORMS BACK
Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar all scored as Paris Saint-Germain got here from a objective all the way down to win 3-1 at Maccabi Haifa and make it two wins from two within the Champions League group stage.
Tjaronn Chery gave Haifa a shock lead however Messi equalised earlier than the break by scoring for an 18th consecutive season within the Champions League.
PSG completed off their spectacular hosts with an improved efficiency within the final half-hour as Mbappe and Neymar discovered the web.
“Now we have to enhance. Now we have to work,” Mbappe instructed uefa.com. “We’re working, however we want the outcomes to point out in our play, as a result of issues are going to return round rapidly with the (worldwide) break and the World Cup.”
The Qatari-backed membership are actually prime of Group H on targets scored above Benfica, who received 2-1 at Juventus.
Haifa threatened a shaky PSG defence all through the sport, however the Ligue 1 giants handed the check due to their entrance three.
“The truth that the three of us could make the distinction in a sport is a bonus for us,” Mbappe added.
“I hope that every one three of us hold scoring because it implies that we’ll win matches.” Paris, nonetheless looking for a maiden Champions League title, go into residence and away matches in opposition to Benfica realizing that two wins would safe a spot within the knock-out stage.
PSG might have taken the lead inside 70 seconds as Mbappe burst into the field, solely to see his effort denied by a sprawling save from residence goalkeeper Josh Cohen.
Mbappe spurned one other wonderful probability as he received in behind the Haifa defence once more however took a heavy contact.
The Israelis grew into the sport and took a shock Twenty fourth-minute lead as Dolev Haziza was given time and house to whip in a cross which was volleyed residence by Suriname worldwide Chery.
Haifa briefly thought they’d scored once more when Frantzdy Pierrot put the ball within the internet, however the flag was raised for offside.
PSG dragged themselves degree eight minutes earlier than the break, as Mbappe’s low cross was deflected completely to Messi who slotted the ball previous Cohen from shut vary.
Haifa stored pushing for a deserved half-time benefit, however Omer Atzili dragged a shot extensive and visiting ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made a flying save to tip away Chery’s long-range strike.
PSG continued to battle at the beginning of the second interval, however regularly improved and Messi compelled Cohen right into a wonderful low cease within the sixty fifth minute.
The French champions solid forward for the primary time 4 minutes later, as Messi slipped a move by way of for Mbappe to slip a shot into the far nook.
Haifa stored pushing for an equaliser, however simply seconds after Chery blazed a free-kick over, PSG countered and Neymar fired the ball into the underside nook to finish the scoring.