Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 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.
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.
Young Boys 2-1 Man. United
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.
Chelsea 1-0 Zenit
Romelu Lukaku opened his UEFA Champions League account for Chelsea as the title holders got their defence off to a winning start. The Belgian made it three goals in two home matches since rejoining Chelsea with an emphatic header, converting César Azpilicueta’s teasing delivery midway through the second half.
Malmö 0-3 Juventus
Paulo Dybala converted a penalty and Álvaro Morata added an alert finish as Juventus struck twice in two minutes before the break to embellish an opening win against spirited Malmö. Alex Sandro had put the visitors ahead after 23 minutes, pouncing to nod in from close range.