UEFA Champions League Tuesday Roundup – Matchday 2

The second match-day of UEFA Champions League saw a flurry of goals, drama and disappointments.

Chennai: The second match-day of the UEFA Champions League started off with two early kick-offs involving teams of Group F and Group H, in English champions, Manchester City facing TSG Hoffenheim at Rhein-Neckar Arena and Italian Champions, Juventus facing Swiss side, BSC Young Boys on their home turf.

Making his mark in his first Champions League start of the season. (Source: Twitter)

Within a minute Pep Guardiola’s side were down to Ishak Belfodil’s strike, which turned to be futile in front of their attack over the next ninety minutes as Sergio Aguero equaled his side on the eighth minute itself, and David Silva scored the winner on the 87th minute due to defensive shambles on the part of Julian Nagelsmann’s young German side.

In Turin, the story was simple as Massimiliano Allegri had a big smile at the end of the game as Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick for Juventus within 69 minutes, making his mark in the absence of their star, Cristiano Ronaldo. The game ended unchallenged from BSC Young Boys, 3-0 to Juventus.

The late kick-offs showed their colors soon enough with a flurry of goals being scored within five minutes from Munich to Moscow to Rome. The fourth minute goal scored by Nikola Vlasic against Julien Lopetegui’s depleted Real Madrid turned out to be the deciding goal in the Group G fixture, making it a historic night for CSKA Moscow. In the other clash, AS Roma steamrolled over Czech side, FC Viktoria Plzen by scoring five goals, including a Edin Dzeko hattrick which made him the first ever AS Roma player to score a Champions League hat-trick.

In other games involving big teams, Bayern Munich were held to a draw by a youthful Ajax side in a Group E clash and, Manchester United were held to a goal-less draw at Old Trafford by Marcelino Toral’s Valencia side in Group H. Meanwhile, AEK Athens lost to Portuguese side, Benfica by 2-3 at their home in Group E, and Olympique Lyonnais made a brave comeback against Shakhtar Donetsk, drawing the game 2-2 in Group F.

Games involving Group E, Group F, Group G and Group H. (Source: Twitter)

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