Pittsburgh, PA – The Champions League is back and with it all the emotions of the best football in the world. We started by talking about Liverpool’s away win against Leipzig in Budapest, at the Puzkas Arena; It should be noted that the game should have been held in Hungary due to restrictions imposed on COVID-19 in Germany.
The Reds used their caste and experience to defeat a Leipzig that tried in the first half to put conditions, but Liverpool was superior on the field, and they only needed the goal to confirm their dominance. Salah and Mané squandered several chances against goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
In the second half, despite the fact that the German team came out to pressure the English higher, they left a lot of room for Liverpool to take advantage of the speed of their forwards, who only needed 5 minutes to defeat the German club. In the 53rd minute, Firmino pressures Sabitzer; The German midfielder returns the ball, but it remains for Salah, who defines and puts the Reds up 1-0. And at 58 Mukiele, the Leipzig center-back, miscalculates the fall of the ball and this is left to Sadio Mané, who, with speed, defines Gulacsi’s exit, to put the result 2-0 and the series in favor of the club English.
The surprise was at the Camp Nou, where PSG thrashed 4-1, with a triplet by Mbappe to a Barcelona that does not raise its head. Messi scored the first goal at minute 27 from a penalty, for a foul on De Jong. At minute 32 the Parisian club reacts and Mbappe, with an individual move, ties the game. Then, in the 65th minute, he repeats, thanks to a pass from Florenzi that leaves him in front of Ter Stegen, who can do nothing before the French striker’s shoe.
In the 69th minute, Leo Paredez lifts a free kick and Moise Kean manages to win the back of the centrals to convert the third with a header; at minute 84 Mbappe achieves his triplet and checkmate, thanks to a counterattack from Draxler; This leaves the ball to the Frenchman, who simply places it on the left post of the Barça goal.
In Lisbon, Porto hosted Juventus. At the first minute of play Mehdi Taremi, from Porto, capitalizes on an error by Betancur, who tries to return the ball to Szczesny; the Iranian arrives first to touch it and put the Portuguese up 1-0. Juventus never met and the midfield did not dominate the game; a first time of processing for a Porto applied and very careful in defense.
At the first minute of the second half, another blink of the Italian defense and Manafa wins the right side until the last line, and puts a center behind the backs of the centrals, so that Mousse Marega arrives free to beat the Polish goalkeeper at the service of the Vecchia Signora, 2-0. With an open game, with quick transitions from both teams, anyone could have converted. At minute 81 Rabiot wins the baseline and sends a cross for Federico Chiesa to finish off from the right and put the final 2-1. Thus, the series will be defined in Turin, in two weeks.
And to end this week’s games, Sevilla fell 3-2 against Borussia Dortmund and left their qualification to the next round difficult. It must be said that Dortmund played a smart game, although they started losing with a goal from Suso at minute 7, the German club drew with a goal from Dahoud at minute 18, a right foot strike, impossible for goalkeeper Bono. Then came Erling Haaland with a double; At minute 26 he joins Sancho and pushes her in front of Bono, to put the 2-1; and at minute 42, Reus comes out on the backlash and puts the ball comfortably, so that the Norwegian, with a left foot, contacts and defeats the Andalusian goalkeeper.
In the second half, Dortmund handed the ball and the court to Sevilla, and Sevilla, pressing, created several clear goal options, until at minute 84, De Jong appeared in a free kick to beat goalkeeper Hitz and put the series 3-2 in favor of the Germans. Now Sevilla have to win in Germany; It is hard but not impossible.
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