Champions League.. Real Madrid, Saint-Germain and Man City with full marks and a new loss for Juventus

Champions League.. Real Madrid, Saint-Germain and Man City with full marks and a new loss for Juventus

Real Madrid was the leader of Group F after its precious 2-0 victory over its guest Leipzig in the second round of the group’s Champions League, which saw Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine tied 1-1 with its Scottish host Celtic.

The defending champion raised his score to 6 points in the lead, achieving the full mark in the group so far, after starting his campaign in the group with a 3-0 victory over its host Celtic last week.

On the other hand, Leipzig remained without a balance of points at the bottom of the standings after losing in the first and second rounds.

And at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium, the “Royal” suffered from the absence of its French star Karim Benzema due to injury, and almost lost the three points, especially during the first half, which witnessed a large number of opportunities to score. Leipzig players competed in wasting them, but the experience of the Spanish team’s stars The situation was decided in their favor in the end.

Uruguayan Federico Valverde (80) and Marco Asensio scored two goals in the first minute of stoppage time for the second half.

With this victory, Real continued its series of victories at the local and continental levels, after winning all seven of its meetings in various competitions during the current season.

In Group G, Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund.

The German team was the initiator of scoring through Judd Blingham (56), before John Stones equalized for City (80), and Norwegian Erling Halland gave his team match points by scoring the winning goal (83). The Citizens raised its score to 6 points at the top of the group, while Dortmund’s balance froze at 3 points in second place.

And in the matches of the same round in Group G, a goalless draw was held against Copenhagen, Denmark, and its guest, Seville, Spain.

In Group H, Benfica won a valuable victory at the home of rival Juventus 2-1.

Juventus advanced through Arkadiusz Milik (4), before Joao Mario equalized (43 from a penalty kick). In the 55th minute, David Neres scored the second goal for the Portuguese team.

With this defeat, Juventus occupies third place in the group standings without a balance of points, ahead of Maccabi Haifa, who finished last.

On the other hand, Benfica is second in the group with 6 points, behind Paris Saint-Germain, who beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the same round.

Maccabi Haifa advanced through Sherry (24), before the Paris team scored a hat-trick through Lionel Messi (37), Kylian Mbappe (69) and Neymar (88).

In the first group, Napoli continued its impressive start in the group stage of the continental championship, after its precious 3-0 victory over its host Rangers, Glasgow.

Napoli was alone at the top of the group standings with 6 points, 3 points ahead of its closest rivals, Liverpool, which is ahead of direct confrontations over Ajax Amsterdam, the Dutch third-placed equal with him in the same balance, while Rangers remained at the bottom of the standings with no points.

The two goals of the match came during the second half, which saw Rangers play the match with ten men, after American player James Sands was sent off in the 55th minute for receiving a second warning.

Matteo Politano opened the scoring for Napoli (68 from a penalty kick), compensating for the penalty kick missed by his Polish colleague Peter Zielinski in the 60th minute, before Giacomo Raspadori added the second goal in the 85th minute.

Tangi Ndombeli scored the third goal for the Italian team in the first minute of the added time instead of the second half.

This victory comes to give Napoli a good momentum before its expected meeting with its host Milan, next Sunday, in the Italian League.

In the fifth group, Chelsea continued its shaky start in the fifth group of the group stage after falling into the trap of a 1-1 draw with its guest Red Bull Salzburg in the second round of the group, which witnessed a deserved victory for Milan 3-1 at its guest Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia.

Milan topped the lead with 4 points, one point ahead of its closest rivals Dinamo Zagreb, while Red Bull finished second with two points, and Chelsea – the champions of the continental competition in 2012 and 2021 – bottomed with one point.

Chelsea scored through Raheem Sterling (48), but Red Bull equalized through Noah Okafor (75).

The “Blues” began its career in the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb last week, to overthrow its German coach Thomas Tuchel, and Graham Potter takes over as his successor, as the former Brighton coach scored his first appearance with the London team.


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