Eight UEFA Champions League matches are on the books, and perhaps the biggest surprise is the lack of surprise at Barcelona being thrashed by Bayern Munich.
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Chelsea won, Manchester United were stunned to death, Juve crossed and there were four draws on the first day of the group stage for the 2021-22 tournament.
Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica
The VAR took a goal away from Kyiv’s Mykola Shaparenko in the death of a match that probably deserved a goal or three, but of course got zero.
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich
Barca’s rebuilding is no match for Robert Lewandowski, who scored twice after Leroy Sane staged Thomas Muller’s opening game in Catalonia.
USMNT back Sergino Dest was an unused sub for Barca in the loss.
Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta
Man United will be watching the highlights of this with wide eyes, as Villarreal created many great opportunities to get their Italian visitors more than clinical on the other side.
Atalanta led through Remo Freuler, but Manu Trigueros and Arnaut Danjuma scored on either side of half time to take a 73-minute lead.
Robin Gosens had the answer in the 83rd and Villarreal’s Francis Coquelin was sent off within a minute of the restart as the spoils were split in Spain.
Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United — TO SUMMARISE
USMNT’s Jordan Pefok came on at halftime, scoring in the very last minute of a comeback win for Young Boys against 10-man Manchester United
Seville 1-1 Red Bull Salzburg
There are four first-half penalties between Sevilla and Salzburg, with Ivan Rakitic being the only one awarded to the hosts.
That will have Salzburg kicking itself as USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson and the visitors will feel like they’ve done everything but finish from the spot in what would have been a huge away win.
Aaronson was held for 45 strokes for 90 minutes, but did little wrong with the ball when it reached him.
Lille 0-0 Wolfsburg
USMNT centre-back John Brooks was shown a second yellow card in the second half and 10-man Wolfsburg saw the VAR convert a stoppage time penalty into a free kick just outside the penalty area.
It’s called dodging a bullet, and Lille will be mad if he only takes one point at home. Timothy Weah stays out due to injury for Lille
Chelsea 1-0 Zenit Saint Petersburg — TO SUMMARISE
Malmo 0-3 Juventus
This was hardly a match in Sweden, where Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata scored before halftime from a blowout.
USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie was a sub in the second half, as Juve had 60 percent of the ball and 8-of-9 shots on target.
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