It was a good night for Liverpool and Manchester City as they both got into the start of the Champions League group stage.
Liverpool were below their best, but beat Dutch giants Ajax in Amsterdam thanks to Nicolas Tagliavico’s own goal, while City worked hard to secure a 3-1 win at home to Porto.
On the other hand, defending champions Bayern Munich began defending their title with a 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid, while Romelu Lukaku’s double clinched a point for Inter Milan against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Earlier in the evening, there was a big surprise when Shakhtar Donetsk’s team, who had seen their team collapse as a result of positive coronavirus tests, achieved a famous 3-2 away win over Real Madrid.
- 1755 (feet) | Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow, Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk
- 2000 | (Foot) Bayern 4-0 Atletico, Inter 2-2 Gladbach, Olympiacos 1-0 Marseille, Man City 3-1 Porto, Ajax 0-1 Liverpool, Midtland 0-4 Atalanta
Flick: We scored four beautiful goals
It’s safe to say that Hansi Flick was very happy with his Bayern Munich side after he started their title defense with a landslide 4-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
“Our game was good tonight,” Flick told reporters. “It was a tough job but we mastered it. Our competence was good today and I’m very satisfied. It’s very important to win that first game.
“We were physically present. That was important, to be there, to win singles situations. We had a match plan and we put it into practice, and we played four beautiful goals.”
Klopp: We were good enough to win
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp cut a frustrating figure in bunker tonight but then announced that he was happy enough with the start of Liverpool’s victory of the season.
“Good enough, good enough to win the match,” he told BT Sport. “That’s what you need. But of course I think both teams could play better football. It was in really wild moments.”
“The pitch was really tough, it was deep, a little muddy. You might not be able to see it from the outside, but it was like this because the two teams looked tired so early on.
“But you have to score, we did. We didn’t take advantage of our chances, which is a bit unfortunate. Ajax had a great chance with the post right after the first half and of course when it is only -1-0, these things can happen.”
“But overall, I’m really good at the match because it wasn’t World Football’s sunny day, but after that especially in a tournament like the UEFA Champions League, I still needed a result and we got it.”
Gundogan says the city is “struggling”
Despite his impressive free kick and big win for Manchester City, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was very pessimistic in his post-match interview.
“If you’re being honest, we’re struggling right now,” He told BT Sport. “Fernandinho came out at the end, we have players playing in different positions. I’m not 100% there because I had Covid, not all of us at the same moment.
“This is the challenge for this season, and it will not end for a while. It will not be difficult for Pep to pick 11 because the players will be tired.”
Milner praises Fabinho in the absence of Van Dyck
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
James Milner told BT Sport: “They were well organized, played good football and we had a week of ups and downs so it was important to take back what we did and I expected nothing less from this group of players.
“Fabinho is a big player and the big players can adapt and he did. He played there before and he played very well. I thought he was a good team because he was tough there, it was a physical battle under tough conditions.”
A very good week in Europe for the English side, then, under the title Manchester United’s fantastic win in Paris last night.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool joined the start of their campaign to win tonight, with Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Seville as a minor defect.
Here’s a report on all full-time degrees …
Full Time | Man City 3-1 Porto |
City had to work hard but they were smart winners in the end.
Full Time | Bayern 4-0 Atletico |
Full Time | Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
Things weren’t pretty, but Liverpool got off to a successful start.
Goal! | Inter 2-2 Moenchengladbach | Romelu Lukaku 90 ‘
Back to terms! The corner clicked in the near post and Lukaku got around the back stick home.
Goal! | Olympiacos 1-0 Marseille | Ahmed Hassan 90 + 1 “
winner! Buena passes nicely in the right-hand side, swinging into the lower corner.
Goal! | Midtgeland 0-4 Atalanta | Alexei Miranshuk 89 ‘
Another amazing ending to what was an excellent night for Italians.
Goal! | Inter 1-2 Monchengladbach | Jonas Hoffman 84 ‘
Smash and grab!
Vidal is at sea, playing with Hoffman on the other side and not bothering to follow his path and under Handanovic to score.
Inter 1-1 Monchengladbach
82 minutes: Out of the job!
What an effort, Lautaro Martinez met a cross from the first right on volleyball and stepped back on the woodwork. Too close to the winner
Goal! | Man City 3-1 Porto | Ferrand Torres 75 ‘
A must have city home and water filter. Two substitutes combine as Phil Foden feeds Ferrand Torres and the wing drops inward to wrap into the far corner.
Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
74 minutes: Close!
Jenny Vinaldom meets Robertson’s corner and makes a really good header because the ball is just a little behind him but it’s so high by six inches and Ounana can watch it skip the bar.
Goal! | Bayern 4-0 Atletico | Kingsley Coman 72 ‘
It is an absolute defeat. Kingsley Coman again, stormed Mueller’s pass from the middle of the road and then led two men with a merry dance before heading into the far corner.
It wasn’t a 4-0 match, but Bayern were tough at all.
Goal! | Man City 2–1 Porto | Ilkai Gundogan 65 ‘
We are seeing some goals tonight!
City didn’t create much open play but the free kick gives them a chance and Gundogan doesn’t miss it, wandering around the wall and entering.
Goal! | Bayern 3-0 Atletico | Corentin Tolisso 66 ‘
What. a hit.
Bayern takes a short free kick so Kimmich can shoot from long distance but his shot is dropped. However, the ball broke further into Tolisso but let it fly spectacularly into the top corner.
Goal! | Inter 1-1 Monchengladbach | Ramy Bin Sibini (center) 63 ‘
The back leg of Vidal Thuram advances down and advances in proportions for leveling grades.
Results and standings of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League group stage
Champions League Group A.
- Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow
- Bayern Munich 4-0 Atletico Madrid
Champions League Group B.
- Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk
- Inter Milan 2-2 Borussia Moenchengladbach
Champions League Group C.
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- Manchester City 3-1 Porto
- Olympiacos 1-0 Marseille
Champions League Group D.
- Ajax 0-1 Liverpool
- Midtillland 0-4 Atalanta
Champions League Group e
- Rennes 1-1 Krasnodar
- Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla
Champions League Group F
- Zenit 1-2 Club Brugge
- Lazio 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
Champions League Group G
- Dynamo Kiev 0-2 Juventus
- Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvarossi
Champions League Group H.
- Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 Manchester United
- Leipzig 2-0 Istanbul Basaksehir
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