The first two matchdays have already been entered into the history books for the 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Champions League competition and there are some results that would have surprised many prior to the football completion of matches.
First Wwo Matchday Results Of The Champions League
Group A: Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Lokomotiv Moscow, Bayern Munich 4-0 Atlético Madrid, Lokomotiv Moscow 1-2 Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid 3-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Group B: Real Madrid 2-3 Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter 2-2 Borussia Monchengladbach, Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Real Madrid
Group C: Manchester City 3-1 Porto, Olympiacos 1-0 Olympique Marseille, Porto 2-0 Olympiacos, Olympique de Marseille 0-3 Manchester City
Group D: Ajax 0-1 Liverpool, FC Midtjylland 0-4 Atalanta, Liverpool 2-0 FC Midtjylland, Atalanta 2-2 Ajax
Group E: Chelsea 0-0 Sevilla, Stade Rennais 1-1 FC Krasnodar, FC Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea, Sevilla 1-0 Stade Rennais
Group F: Zenit 1-2 Club Brugge, Lazio 3-1 Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Zenit, Club Brugge 1-1 Lazio
Group G: Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Juventus, FC Barcelona 5-1 Ferencvarosi TC, Juventus 0-2 FC Barcelona, Ferencvarosi TC 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv
Group H: PSG 1-2 Manchester United, RB Leipzig 2-0 İstanbul Başakşehir, İstanbul Başakşehir 0-2 PSG, Manchester United 5-0 RB Leipzig
Champions League 20/21 Best Matches
Indeed, one of the biggest surprises to have happened inside the first two UCL 20/21 matchdays were actually in the first matchday of the group stages. Manchester United managed to defeat last Champions League season’s runners-up, PSG, away from home with a comprehensive 2-1 victory; something that did not look likely based on their domestic form in the Premier League.
However, that arguably was not the biggest shock of the UCL round, as Real Madrid were on the end of a humiliating defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu. The spanish football team would have been considered the favourites to win the contest prior to the Champions League match, however Zinedine Zidane watched his side fall to a 3-2 defeat.
Things did not improve for the La Liga champions in Matchday 2, either, as they needed two late Karim Benzema goals to secure a point against Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.
Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, have hardly struggled in their quest to retain their UEFA Champions League crown, though, as they managed to defeat Atlético Madrid 4-0 before going to Russia and defeating Lokomotiv Moscow.
Juventus vs FC Barcelona would have been the fixture of the european football competition many would have looked forward to when the groups were made, as it would mean Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would share the pitch once again. Unfortunately, that was not able to happen in Matchday 2 as Barcelona won, but perhaps it could happen in Matchday 6.
Champions League Top Players Of 20/21
Goals are what wins football matches and there have been a few individuals who have already proven clinical in front of the net as they help their teams to successful starts in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
Manchester United’s star of the tournament so far has been Marcus Rashford, as he has provided his side with four goals in two appearances. His hat-trick in their impressive 5-0 thumping of RB Leipzig meant he leads the goalscoring charts as his football team have two wins from two.
Atalanta have also been impressive in this Champions League season and Duvan Zapata has been a huge reason as to why the Serie A outfit are doing well. The Colombia international footballer has managed to get three goals so far in the Champions League 20/21, with two having come in the space of a couple of minutes to rescue a draw against Eredivisie giants Ajax.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Alassane Plea (Borussia Monchengladbach), Zapata, Kylian Mbappe (PSG) and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Tete each lead the assists charts of the Champions League, as they all have two so far as they have helped their side score numerous goals in their opening two matches.
Some football teams appear to have been in better form than others when it comes down to the final third of the pitch, with the likes of Manchester United and FC Barcelona having both scored seven goals each in this Champions League season; the most after two matchdays. Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Atalanta, though, each have six goals so far.
Three football teams are yet to concede a single goal in the UEFA Champions League group stage so far this season, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Sevilla each recording shutouts in both matches. Hungarian minnows, Ferencvarosi TC, though, have had a tough time keeping the ball out of their net as they have conceded seven; the most through two matches.
Betting Tips For Champions League Matchday 3
Looking ahead to the UCL 20/21 Matchday 3, there are a number of interesting football matches that will take place as each team looks to have finally come up against each of their opponents in the group stage of the competition.
Bayern’s quest in retaining their Champions League title will continue in Austria as they take on Red Bull Salzburg in a match that they will be heavily favoured to win. It would arguably be one of the biggest shocks of the Champions League 20/21 if they failed to get all three points; especially given the form they are in.
Atlanta vs Liverpool could be a hugely interesting tie as both football teams go into the game with positive form. The Reds’ injury issues in defence could have Zapata licking his lips in front of goal, although the Premier League champions should be good enough to get the job done in Italy.
Another Serie A football team that will likely be looking forward to their next UEFA Champions League match will be Inter. Antonio Conte’s side travel to the Santiago Bernabeu and will face a desperate Real Madrid, as the Spaniard’s European football journey already appears to be on the verge of coming to a premature ending after two disappointing results in games they would have been heavily favoured to win.
Real Madrid, arguably, fire themselves up when it matters the most, though, thus potentially providing viewers with one of the most entertaining football games on offer in the Champions League Matchday 3 and one that could favour the Spaniards.