Barcelona humiliated (again), Bayern rolls
The UEFA Champions League made headlines again on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo bailed out Manchester United, Chelsea lost to Juventus and Bayern Munich appear invincible.
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The slow start to the Julian Nagelsmann era is a thing of the past, as Bayern are winning blowouts everywhere, and there is much more to discuss the European Cup pursuit on Wednesday.
Atalante 1-0 Young Boys
Matteo Pessina’s 68th-minute goal held steady after the Serie A side had a first-half scorer taken from the table by VAR, propelling the hosts above the visitors by a point in the squad in two matches.
Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal – 3 THINGS WE LEARNED
Unai Emery’s Villarreal were the better team and deserved no worse than a draw after Alex Telles scored a nice goal to tie the game at 1 for Manchester United, but the Spaniards totally verified a guy named Cristiano Ronaldo for a classic “Fergie Time”. winner.
Wolfsburg 1-1 Sevilla
A dead first half came to life at the break when Renato Steffen gave the Bundesliga side the lead, but two quick yellow cards for Wolfsburg star Joshua Guilavogui six minutes to go resulted in a penalty kick. ‘Ivan Rakitic who divided the booty.
Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 Lille
The Austrians lead the group after a pair of shots on goal by Karim Adeyemi against the champions of France, who only scored a goal from Burak Yilmaz after the hour mark.
Benfica 3-0 Barcelona
Whatever you think of Ronald Koeman – and if he keeps his job any longer it will be because Barca can’t afford to buy him back and he’s not ready to bail out the club – you can forgive the man not being able to make Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong play as Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Darwin Nunez scored twice for Benfica and an outclassed Eric Garcia was eventually sent off as Barca slipped to the bottom of the group with two resounding losses to start group play.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Dynamo Kiev
Robert Lewandowski again led the way with two goals and Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane both had an assist as Bayern Munich go waltzing in the round of 16. Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim “I scored the fifth goal of all Bayern games” Choupo-Moting completed the scoring.
Juventus 1-0 Chelsea – 3 THINGS WE LEARNED
Zenit 4-0 Malmö
It was already 2-0 for the Russian hosts when VAR gave Malmö’s Anel Ahmedhodzic a direct red card for a handball and set the stage for a blowout.
Yaroslav Rakitskiy scored two goals for Zenit in the win in his 100-throw performance.
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