The day after the rich opening night, the first day of the Champions League came to an end on European lawns, Wednesday 7 September. In the very difficult Group C, both Bayern and Barcelona started with a victory, while Napoli made a surprise by controlling Liverpool.
Performance: Liverpool Unknown
The red fell from above. After a difficult start to the season in the Premier League, the finalists in the 2021-2022 edition thought they could relax on the European stage. But at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, they were suffocated by a great night for the Napoli team. Peter Zielinski opened the way for the Italians with a penalty kick in the fifth minute after a handball from James Milner. Zambo Anguisa and Giovanni Simeone also went there with their achievement to make it 3-0 in the first half.
Once again they were overwhelmed as soon as they returned from the locker room, for Napoli’s fourth goal, the English drank the cup to the dregs. Luis Diaz’s closing gap was not enough to reverse the trend. Jürgen Klopp’s players, who received a big headshot, already took the last place in the first group.
Player: Robert Lewandowski trilogy in his new colors
Facing Viktoria Plzen’s little thumbs up, Robert Lewandowski enjoyed his European debut for the Barcelona shirt. Available at the forefront of the Blaugrana attack, well served by his teammates, the Pole gave himself a triple
Two nearly consistent goals from a right-footed curling shot (34 and 67) and a diving header (45 + 3): Pole showed his prolific goal board. Above all, he became the first player in history to score a hat-trick with three different teams (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona).
1 – Robert Lewandowski is the first player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League with 3 different teams (1 with Dortmund, 4 with Bayern Munich, 1 with Barcelona). prolific. #BARPLZ pic.twitter.com/gndEekYckr
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Around the pole, Frank Casey (13) and Ferran Torres (71) completed Barcelona’s easy success against the Czechs from Plzen (5-1).
Shock: Stubborn, Bayern beat Inter Milan
The big shock on the first day turned in Bayern Munich’s favour. Led by a very good Leroy Sane, the Bavarians dominated Inter Milan at San Siro (2-0). The German consolidated his great Bavarian dominance (21 shots, 11 on goal) by approaching a double. The author of the opening score on the marvel of controlling the sequence with the end of the foot, dribbling on the goalkeeper (25), and pushing Danilo D’Ambrosio into the goal against his team (66) after a beautiful combination with Kingsley Coman.
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In a particularly high Group C (eg Barcelona and Plzen), Julian Nagelsmann’s C1 men started off a fantastic run thanks to that success away from home. They will try to confirm, Tuesday 13 September, with a welcome to Barcelona.
Other results: Ajax and Sporting start well, Atletico break Porto
The first teams to hit the grass early in the evening, Ajax Amsterdam and Sporting Portugal put on a great show for their fans. At home, the Dutchman outperformed Glasgow Rangers (4-0). The Portuguese went on to beat the grass of Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0), which will find OM on the second day.
Napoli bid, Lewandowski triple, Griezmann win. What a night! #UCL
UEFA Champions League 7 September 2022
At the Wanda Metropolitano Park, Atletico Madrid scored the craziest victories of the evening. The Spaniards were delivered by Griezmann in the 11th minute of extra time (2-1), after opening the scoring in the 91st minute, and he accepted the equalizer a few minutes later. In the same group, Brugge beat Bayer Leverkusen (1-0) at home.