Match Day 2 of the Champions League presented plenty of exciting games with some of Europe’s elite maintaining their 100 percent record in their respective groups. Calcio Insider looks into a couple of matches which caught the attention…
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid :
The game had been eagerly anticipated by both sets of fans with the Wanda Metropolitano hosting its first-ever Champions League game. Chelsea dominated the field of play from the start of the first period, but Atleti somehow controlled the aggression before grabbing a penalty prior to the half-time break. David Luiz was at fault for fouling Lucas Hernandez in the box, and Antoine Griezmann made no mistake in converting the spot kick to make it 1-0 at half-time. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, however, came out with a renewed vigour in the second period and Eden Hazard assisted the equaliser with a delightful cross which was precisely headed by Alvaro Morata in the 60th minute. The match looked to be ending all square at 1-1, but Michy Batshuayi popped up with the winner with virtually the last kick of the match in the 94th minute. As a result, the Blues became the first English club to win in Atleti’s home turf, and the result was a sore one for Diego Costa, who was watching in the stands after sealing his Madrid return from Chelsea earlier in the week.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich:
Paris Saint-Germain versus Bayern Munich was touted as the biggest game on Match Day 2, and the game lived up to its billing with the hosts stealing the show. The German champions trailed to a Dani Alves goal as early as the second minute, and Les Parisiens followed to press on the counter-attack with Edinson Cavani making it 2-0 before the break. Carlo Ancelotti’s side had more than 60 percent possession over the course of the game, but could not find the net with the likes of Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez fluffing their lines in front of goal. Ultimately, things would only get worse for Ancelotti against his former club as Neymar popped up with the third and final goal in the 63rd minute. The front trio of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe sizzled against the Bavarian backline, and this sadly cost Ancelotti his job hours later.
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