The third day of the Champions League continued and ended on Wednesday evening. Here’s everything to remember from that European evening.
• Group E: Chelsea beat AC Milan but lose Wesley Fofana through injury
A more than contrasting evening for Wesley Fofana. Creator of Chelsea’s 24th-minute opener in the shock of that Group E encounter with AC Milan, the Frenchman was forced to retire less than 15 minutes later with a right knee injury. The defender had to be out for several months last season with a broken fibula in his left leg and burst into tears. On the pitch, the Blues can take solace in the Italian club’s correction (3-0), with Aubameyang and James scoring two more goals in the second half.
At the end of that first leg, to everyone’s surprise, Red Bull Salzburg finished first in the group. With five points, the Austrians, winners of Dinamo Zagreb (1-0), are one unit ahead of Chelsea and Milan in second and third place.
• Group F: Real Madrid do the job, Nkunku decides Leipzig win
Full card for Real Madrid in this first leg. Karim Benzema’s team-mates, who ended his second term in September after a long absence, defeated Shakhtar Donetsk (2-1) thanks to performances from Rodrygo and Vinicius in the first half-hour. The Ukrainians came back to score with a very nice return scissor from Zubkov but failed to take a point from the Bernabeu.
Against Celtic Glasgow, Frenchman Christopher Nkunku put Leipzig perfectly in orbit by scoring the opener in the 27th minute, his first goal of the season on the European stage and his 9th success in all competitions. In the general standings, Leipzig recovered and returned to second, one point behind Shakhtar.
• Group G: Haaland continues its festival game, Dortmund right Sevilla
He just can’t be stopped. Haaland only needed seven minutes to bend FC Copenhagen’s defence. Finally the author of a brace shortly after half an hour of play, the Norwegian continues to panic the statistical counters and is now the winner of the Danes (5-0) with 19 goals in 12 games in City jersey and author of a direct hit box at this first phase.
In the other match that was decisive for second place in this group, Dortmund made short work of FC Sevilla, who corrected at their stadium (4:1). With a five-point lead over evening opponents FC Copenhagen, Borussia has a serious option going into the round of 16.
• Group H: PSG stick to Benfica, Juventus do the job with a brace from Rabiot
On the pitch of Benfica Lisbon, PSG gave up the first points of the season in the Champions League. Despite a great start from Lionel Messi, the Parisians conceded the equalizer against Danilo’s side just before returning from the dressing room. In the second half, the capital club tried to regain the lead but were denied by the Portuguese, who are still at the top of the table with the Parisians.
Back on the wall in this Group H, three points behind PSG and Benfica earlier today, Juventus did the job at home against Maccabi Haifa (3-1). Adrien Rabiot, author of a double, was one of the great architects of this success that allows Italians to stay alive. After three days they are four points behind PSG and Benfica.
All the results of the evening in the Champions League:
Chelsea 3-0 AC Milan
Salzburg 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Real Madrid-Shakhtar 2-1
City – FC Copenhagen 5:0
Benfica 1-1 PSG
Juventus 3-1 Haifa