There was no shortage of drama and intrigue as the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage started with a bang. Young Boys, Bayern and holders Chelsea were among the teams earning eye-catching victories.
Jordan Siebatcheu capitalised on Jesse Lingard’s wayward 95th-minute back pass to give the Swiss side a dramatic triumph in Berne. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s charges were in control following Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal, but a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned the tide.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu prodded David Wagner’s men level and their late siege was rewarded when substitute Siebatcheu pounced with seconds remaining.
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern
Julian Nagelsmann’s side served notice that they will again be a threat this season with a commanding performance at the Camp Nou.
Thomas Müller’s deflected goal on 34 minutes put Bayern in front before Robert Lewandowski’s predatory instincts secured the points, twice profiting from rebounds off the post.
Key stat: Lewandowski has won his last 17 UEFA Champions League games, scoring 22 goals in the process.
LOSC Lille 0 – 0 VfL Wolfsburg
Barcelona 0 – 3 Bayern Munich
Malmo 0 – 3 Juventus
Villarreal 2 – 2 Atalanta
Chelsea 1 – 0 Zenit St. Petersburg
Dynamo Kiev 0 – 0 SL Benfica
Sevilla 1 – 1 RB Salzburg
Young Boys 2 – 1 Manchester United
Credit : uefa.com