05 Oct 2022 at 22:56Update: 3 minutes ago
Manchester City convincingly settled with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday: 5-0. The English club could afford to replace star Erling Haaland after 45 minutes and two goals. Lionel Messi once again showed his class at Paris Saint-Germain.
By our sports editors
Virtually every ball that leaves the head or foot of Haaland these days is promoted to goal. This also applies to Manchester City-FC Copenhagen, where the home club led 2-0 after more than half an hour through two hits from the Norwegian phenomenon. The first goal was a watched shot, the second a goalkeeper.
After Davit Khocholava increased the margin to three goals by passing his own keeper, Haaland was allowed to come in halfway through Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola. The tall, blond striker has already scored nineteen goals after eleven games for ‘The Citizens’.
In the second half, the Haaland-less City easily took the victory over the line. Riyad Mahrez shot in a penalty and was the declarant on Julián Álvarez’s 5-0. Guardiola’s team now has the full loot from three matches in Group G, with a goal difference of eleven for and one against.
Borussia Dortmund easily won a visit to Sevilla: 1-4. Raphaël Guerreiro, Jude Bellingham, Karim Adeyemi and Julian Brandt made the German goals. Youssef En-Nesyri scored on behalf of the home team. Donyell Malen came in for Dortmund after more than an hour.
Standings in group G of the Champions League
1. Manchester City 3-9 (+10)2. Borussia Dortmund 3-6 (+5)3. Seville 3-1 (-7)4. FC Copenhagen 3-1 (-8)Unfortunately, this content cannot be displayedWe do not have permission for the necessary cookies. Please accept the cookies to view this content.Change cookie settings
Messi scores for PSG
At Benfica-Paris Saint-Germain (1-1), Messi made his mark. The Argentinian gave the Parisians the lead from a nice attack with a curled shot into the far corner. Before halftime, an own goal by former Roda JC midfielder Danilo equalized the team of coach Roger Schmidt. In the second half it rained chances, but no more goals were scored.
Juventus made no mistake in this group H by winning 3-1 against Maccabi Haifa. Adrien Rabiot (twice) and Dusan Vlahovic signed for the Turin goals. Dean David was responsible for the Israeli goal at the suggestion of Tjaronn Chery.
Standings in group H of the Champions League
1. Paris Saint Germain 3-7 (+3)2. Benfica 3-7 (+3)3. Juventus 3-3 (0)4. Maccabi Haifa 3-0 (-6)
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