Champions League 2021/22 matchday one began with thrillers in Anfield and Etihad as Liverpool and Manchester City had to struggle at home to secure their first European win of the season.
The Reds started off the game with their regular comeback win at their home turf while playing host to AC Milan. Mo Salah and Co crushed them 3-2. Alexander Arnold initiated the first goal process leading to Fikayo Tomori’s own goal in the nine minutes. Unfortunately, Liverpool wasted several chance to double their lead, including Mo Salah’s penalty. Then, Rossonerri suddenly managed to respond twice in only two minutes as Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz scored before the interval. At the second half, Jurgen Klopp’s side attempted to dominate again and netted twice through Mo Salah’s close range flick and Jordan Henderson’s long range strike.
Liverpool vs AC Milan 3-2
Goals: Fikayo Tomori ( 9 og), Mo Salah (49), Jordan Henderson (69); Ante Rebic (42), Brahim Diaz (44)
Liverpool: Alisson Brecker – Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson – Fabinho, Naby Keita (Thiago Alcantara 71), Jordan Henderson (James Milner 84) – Diogo Jota (Curtis Jones 71), Mo Salah (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 84), Divock Origi (Sadio Mane 63)
AC Milan: Mike Maignan – Fikayo Tomori, Simon Kjaer, Davide Calabria, Theo Hernandez – Frank Kessie, Ismael Bennacer (Sandro Tonali 71), Alexis Saelemaekers (Alessandro Florenzi 62), Rafael Leao (Olivier Giroud 62), Brahim Diaz – Ante Rebic (Daniel Maldini 83)
Meanwhile, the English Champions Manchester City entertained their fans by a tennis-score like 6-3 win over RB Leipzig. Pep Guardiola’s men really knew how to exploit the German side despite conceding three times through Christopher Nkunku’s hattrick. The Cityzens replied six times through Nathan Ake, Nordi Mukiele’s own goal, Ryan Mahrez’s penalty, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo and Gabi Jesus.
However, unlike their two Premier League contenders, Manchester United was stunned by Young Boys’ top form on the road. Despite taking the lead first through Cristiano Ronaldo, they were down to ten men as Wan Bissaka was sent off and conceded twice at the second half by Nicolas Ngamaleu’s tap into the back of the net and the USMNT forward Jordan Fefok Siebatcheu right before the final whistle.
Other notable results:
- Chelsea vs Zenit St.Petersburg 1-0
- Club Brugge vs PSG 1-1
- Atletico Madrid vs Porto 0-0
- Sporting Lisbon vs Ajax 1-5
- Besiktas vs Dortmund 1-2