In the UEFA Champions League matches on Wednesday night, Juventus & Barcelona registered contrasting victories. Juventus was at its fluent best as they defeated Ferencvaros 4-1. Barca on the other hand battled hard to beat Covid stuck Dynamo Kiev 2-1. In another match Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
UEFA Champions League: Morata brace helps Juventus to 4-1 win at Ferencvaros
Alvaro Morata scored twice before two defensive mistakes helped Juventus to a 4-1 Champions League win against Ferencvaros on Wednesday as the Italian side looked to bounce back from last week’s defeat at the hands of Barcelona.
The Serie A side were too slick for their spirited opponents, who are back in the group stage after a 25-year absence, and cantered home at the Puskas Arena to go second in Group H with six points from three games. Ferencvaros have one point.
“Games can become easy only if you play well,” said Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini. “In the first half we were a bit slow with possession, we raised our tempo in the second half, and we managed to earn another important win.”
UEFA Champions League: Messi, Ter Stegen help Barcelona fend off Dynamo Kiev
Lionel Messi scored a penalty for the third Champions League game in a row as Barcelona earned a far from convincing 2-1 win at home to a depleted Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday to record three consecutive victories in Europe’s top competition.
The Argentine, who had also scored spot-kicks in wins over Group G opponents Ferencvaros and Juventus, tucked away a penalty in the fifth minute while Gerard Pique netted in the second half, glancing in a fine cross from Ansu Fati.
The victory put Barca on the verge of a place in the knockout stages, leaving them top on nine points after three games, with Juventus second on six and Dynamo and Ferencvaros with a point each.
UEFA Champions League: Manchester United stunned at Istanbul Basaksehir in Champions League
Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, the English side’s first loss in three Champions League group matches and the Turkish champions’ first victory in Europe’s premier club competition.
United, who beat last season’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in their first two games, top Group H with six points from three matches. RB Leipzig sit second in the group after their 2-1 victory over PSG, while Thomas Tuchel’s side sit in third and Basaksehir remain bottom.
UEFA Champions League: Haaland too hot for Brugge as Dortmund go top of Champions League group
In-form Erling Haaland scored twice as Borussia Dortmund surged to the top of their Champions League Group F with a comfortable 3-0 victory over hosts Club Brugge on Wednesday.
Dortmund scored all of their goals inside the first 32 minutes as they overwhelmed their hosts with some incisive attacking play. Belgium international Thorgan Hazard gave Dortmund the lead in the 14th minute before Haaland scored twice.
The German side top the table midway through the pool stage with six points from three matches, one ahead of second-placed Lazio, who were held 1-1 at Zenit St Petersburg earlier on Wednesday. Brugge are third with four points.
UEFA Champions League: RB Leipzig beat nine-man PSG in crucial Champions League clash
RB Leipzig came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at home in a pulsating Champions League Group H clash on Wednesday, with the French club finishing the match with nine men.
The outcome left Leipzig second in the group on six points from three games, the same tally as leaders Manchester United, who beat them 5-0 in the previous round, but suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir earlier in the day.