UCL Matchday Two Recap

Matchday two of the Champions League brought more surprises and excitement, headlined by a marquee showdown between Manchester City and PSG.


Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game winner for Manchester United against Villareal in the second matchday of the Champions League. (Courtesy of Twitter)

Last week, the Champions League resumed with its second matchday of the group stages where two of the greatest of all time made their mark in their games.

Group A provided the clash fans were all waiting for: Paris Saint Germain (PSG) against Manchester City. Two European powerhouses clashed, headlined by the trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappe for PSG. The Parisians beat Manchester City 2–0, with Messi scoring his first club goal with his new squad to get their first win in this year’s group stage. In the other match, Club Brugge beat RB Leipzig 2–1 to give them the three points.

The group of death, Group B, saw goals galore with Liverpool versus Porto. The Reds thrashed Porto 5–1 with braces for forwards Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino. As for the other match, Atletico Madrid won 2–1 against AC Milan in the final minutes with a controversial penalty that was slotted home by striker Luis Suarez.

In Group C, Borussia Dortmund continued their winning ways by beating Sporting 1–0. Ajax did the same, winning 2–0 against Besiktas.

For Group D, Sheriff continued their fairytale Champions League debut by beating 13-time champions Real Madrid, 2–1. Sheriff got the winner in the 89th minute, courtesy of Sebastian Thill, to ensure all three points. Inter Milan tied with Shakhtar Donetsk 0–0 to split the points.

Bayern Munich continued cruising with a 5–0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in Group E. Striker Robert Lewandoski, who has been on fire — scoring 13 goals in 10 goals across all club competitions — added a brace in this one. As for the other match, Barcelona lost, again, to Benfica 3–0. One of the biggest and most iconic clubs in the world is now last in their group. It sounds unimaginable.

Atalanta beat BSC Young Boys 1–0 to get all three points in Group F. However, the main match was Villareal against Manchester United. The last time they faced off was in the summer where United lost 1–1 (11–10) on penalties in the Europa League final. 

In this match, Villareal scored the opener, and it seemed as if they were going to get the win against United. However, United equalized in the 60th minute with Alex Telles scoring a wonderful volley into the right-hand corner. Just as the whistle was about to blow at the end of the game, United found a winner. Of course, it came from striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

In group G, Sevilla drew against Wolfsburg 1–1 while RB Salzburg beat Lille 2–1. In the final group, Group H, Juventus beat the reigning Champions League winners Chelsea 1–0. The lone goal of the match was courtesy of Frederico Chiesa, who scored within seconds of the second half’s beginning. As for the other match, Zenit beat Malmo with a comfortable scoreline of 4–0.

The group standings are starting to shape up after two matchdays. The third matchday is not for a while due to the international break, coming on the week of Oct. 17. The matches to watch are Liverpool against Atletico Madrid and Sheriff against Inter Milan. 

With the group stages already ⅓ of the way done, several of the teams are now in a must win position to have the chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. If these first two match days are any indication of what is to come, expect matchday three to have twists and turns as another exciting edition of the Champions League continues.