Erling Haaland continued his exceptional goalscoring type by netting twice as Manchester Metropolis thrashed FC Copenhagen 5-0 within the Champions League on Wednesday, whereas Chelsea noticed off AC Milan to revive their hopes of reaching the final 16. Holders Actual Madrid survived a spirited problem from Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk on the Santiago Bernabeu to win 2-1 and prolong their benefit in Group F.
Lionel Messi scored however Paris Saint-Germain have been held to a 1-1 draw by Benfica in Lisbon.
Haaland went into Metropolis’s sport in opposition to Copenhagen on the Etihad Stadium having changing into the primary participant in Premier League historical past to attain three successive residence hat-tricks in Sunday’s demolition of Manchester United.
The Norwegian slammed within the opening purpose on seven minutes together with his weaker proper foot earlier than prodding in a rebound for his second 25 minutes later.
The 22-year-old has now scored 28 occasions in his 22 Champions League appearances, already breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s file for many objectives in a participant’s first 30 video games within the competitors.
“I’ve by no means witnessed something prefer it in my life,” Metropolis’s Jack Grealish informed BT Sport.
“For the primary and second objectives I used to be simply laughing. He’s all the time there.
“The ‘keeper mentioned one thing to me as I used to be strolling again. He mentioned ‘He isn’t human!’ I mentioned ‘You are telling me?’ Hopefully he can stick with it this kind and take us to glory.”
Visiting centre-back Davit Khocholava put by means of his personal internet, with Haaland ready behind him, to make it three earlier than half-time.
Haaland was denied a fourth Metropolis treble as he was changed on the interval, however a Riyad Mahrez penalty and Julian Alvarez’s fourth purpose for the membership accomplished the route.
Pep Guardiola’s males stay three factors away from second-placed Borussia Dortmund in Group G and can qualify for the knockout part with a victory within the Danish capital subsequent week.
Jude Bellingham scored for the third time in as many Champions League outings as Dortmund romped to a 4-1 victory at Sevilla.
The Spanish membership responded to the defeat — and a desperately poor begin to the season which has left them seventeenth in La Liga — by sacking coach Julen Lopetegui shortly after the ultimate whistle.
– Chelsea ease to first win –
Chelsea ended their look ahead to a win in Group E as objectives from Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James sealed a formidable 3-0 conquer Italian champions AC Milan at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues made it back-to-back victories underneath new boss Graham Potter to arrange a vital conflict on the San Siro in six days’ time.
Chelsea are second in Group E, degree on factors with third-placed Milan, one level behind leaders Salzburg who edged out Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.
“It is simpler whenever you win video games,” mentioned Aubameyang. “The temper is excellent for the time being. We’ll attempt to stick with it.”
Shakhtar placed on a battling show in Madrid, with goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin making 11 saves, however couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit in opposition to Actual.
Targets within the first half-hour from Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior put Actual in management and the 14-time champions made it three wins from three in Group F regardless of Oleksandr Zubkov’s effort for Shakhtar.
Madrid might be positive of a last-16 spot if they’ll beat second-placed Shakhtar subsequent trip.
RB Leipzig are only a level behind Shakhtar after Joe Hart‘s error helped the Germans down Celtic 3-1.
The previous England goalkeeper’s poor move led to Andre Silva restoring Leipzig’s lead within the second half earlier than the Portugal striker netted once more late on.
– Benfica maintain PSG –
Benfica stay degree on factors with leaders PSG on the Group H summit after a hard-fought draw in opposition to one of many match favourites.
Messi produced a trademark left-footed end into the highest nook after a neat trade of passes additionally involving neymar and Kylian Mbappe to attain his 127th Champions League purpose within the twenty second minute.
Benfica leveled 4 minutes earlier than the break as Danilo Pereira scored an personal purpose and either side spurned probabilities to win within the second half.
Messi solely scored 11 objectives in 34 video games in his first season for PSG final time period, however already has eight in 13 this time round.
“It is regular, it takes somewhat time,” PSG skipper marquinhos informed Canal Plus. “Now he feels somewhat extra comfy… I hope Leo Messi has an amazing season till the tip to win this title.”
Juventus moved inside 4 factors of the highest two as Adrien Rabiot‘s brace and a Dusan Vlahovic purpose gave the Italians a 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa for his or her first factors.
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