UEFA Champions League: Matchday 2


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Lionel Messi struck a penalty in the 90th minute to solidify a Barcelona win against Juventus.

Azwad Ahmed, Editor

Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League has come to a close.  This round of matchups saw some interesting results and a mouthwatering clash between two of Europe’s heavyweights, Barcelona against Juventus.

Current champions Bayern Munich disposed of Lokomotiv Moscow in a very impressive performance that seems them top Group A with Atletico Madrid trailing in 2nd place.

In a shocking turn of events, the Champions League’s most successful club, Real Madrid is sitting at last place with a singular point in Group B. Real Madrid being the competition’s most successful team is typically expected to go far into the tournament.  However, after a loss to Shakhtar Donetsk and a draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Los Blancos find themselves failing to find their form in Europe’s top flight of play.

In a surprising turn of events, Real Madrid are now last in Group B (Real Madrid on Instagram )

Manchester City is the current Group C leader with 6 points. After a dominating performance against Olympique Marseille, the Citizens are surely in a comfortable position for advancement into the Round of 16.

Current Premier League Champions, Liverpool are in the driver’s seat in Group D. With an impressive performance against Midtjylland, Liverpool is currently at 6 points, with Atalanta falling in 2nd with 4 points.

With a fairly easier pathway to the Round of 16, Chelsea dominated against Krasnodar. 4-0 being the full-time score. The Blues look to keep up their form in Europe as the current runners up, Sevilla have also found their form with a 1-0 win at home against Rennes.

Last year’s runners up, PSG look to capture the ever-elusive Champions League Trophy, with a loss against Manchester United, the Parisians are currently in second place while Manchester United sit atop the group at 1st. PSG talisman, Neymar Jr after suffering an “adductor problem” during Wednesday nights 2-0 win against İstanbul Başakşehir.

After suffering a loss on matchday 1, Borussia Dortmund is currently in 3rd place of Group F, with Lazio and Club Brugge in 1st and 2nd respectively.

In the most eye-catching matchup in matchday 2, Barcelona defeats Juventus 2-0 away from home in Turin, Italy. The all-time leading goal scorer in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo was not present in today’s clash, as he tested positive for COVID-19 once more before the game.  After a wicked deflection, Ousmane Dembele struck first blood for Barcelona in the 14th minute. Barcelona leads in shots on goal and in possession after an impressive performance. Barcelona has had a terrible week, with a 3-1 loss to eternal rivals Real Madrid, and finally having the club president resign after a long struggle, that almost saw the club’s most successful player, Lionel Messi out the door.

Matchday 3 continues next week, with some more drama and entertaining games to come.