UEFA Champions League matchday two delivered various results, including Juventus’s second loss and contrastive reunion for Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski with their former clubs.

La Vecchia Signora seems to have more work to do in order to go through the next round before the world cup 2022 begins. They suffered another defeat in the midweek. This time they lost 2-1 to Benfica at their home turf. It was rather humiliating as they took the lead first through Arkadiusz Milik’s header. Max Allegri’s side even had some more decent chances from Filip Kostic dan Milik but could not add their tally. Instead, they conceded through a penalty. The former Inter man, Joao Mario converted it with his powerful strike at the centre of the net. The winning goal for the visitor came at the second half as David Neres slotted home taking advantage of the rebound from Mattia Perrin in the six yard box. Juventus intensified their pressure to the Portuguese side with more opportunities from Moise Kean and Dusan Vlahovic. The Serbian international even scored a late goal but disallowed due to the offside position. It was their second loss consecutively for them and they are really in need of bouncing back sooner than later in the next game.

Juventus vs Benfica 1-2

Goals: Arkadiusz Milik (4); Joao Mario (43) pen, David Neres (55)

Juventus: Mattia Perrin – Bremer, Leonardo Bonucci , Danilo – Juan Cuadrado (Mattia de Scoglio 58), Filip Kostic (Moise Kean 70), Weston McKennie, Leandro Paredes, Fabio Miretti (Angel Di Maria 58 – Arkadiuz Milik (Nicola Fagioli 70), Dusan Vlahovic

Benfica: Vlachodimos – Alex Grimaldo, Nicolas Otamendi, Silva, Alexander Bah  –  Florentino, Enzo Fernandez (Fredrik Aursnes 81), Rafa (Julian Draxler 86), Joao Mario (Diogo Goncalves 86), David Neres (Chiquinho 81)  –  Goncalo Ramos (Petar Musa 81)

Meanwhile, two Bundesliga stars who switched sides last summer, Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski, had different results while facing off their former side. Haaland helped his new team, Manchester City to beat Dortmund 2-1 despite being one goal behind as Jude Bellingham netted an opener. The Citizens equalised through John Stones’ long range shot. The Norwegian goal getter finally bagged the winning goal as he tapped in the ball into the back of the net. It wss enough to seal his status as the new prolific striker Pep Guardiola longed for after Sergio Aguero’s degrading form before his exit two seasons ago.

On the contrary, Robert Lewandowski went home in disappointment since he could not help Barcelona to even snatch one point while visiting Bayern Munich’s home base. Blaugrana was beaten 2-0 through the goals of Lucas Hernandez’s header and Leroy Sane’s goal. The Catalan side had at least three decent chances, two of which were from Lewy. The Polish international failed to turn his strike in front of the goal and header into the necessary goal his team was hoping for. The first flew over the cross bar whereas the second one was denied by Neuer.

Some other surprising results came from Britain as Chelsea could only muster a 1-1 draw while hosting RB Salzburg and Glasgow Rangers was trounced 3-0 by Napoli at their home turf. Here are the scores of other games in the midweek.

  • Liverpool vs Ajax 2-1
  • Copenhagen vs Sevilla 0-0
  • Porto vs Club Bruges 0-4
  • Sporting Lisbon vs Tottenham 2-0
  • Marseille vs Frankfurt 0-1
  • Viktoria Plzen vs Inter 0-2
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid 2-0
  • Maccabi Haifa vs PSG 1-3
  • Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig 2-0
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic 1-1
  • AC Milan vs Dinamo Zagreb 3-1