The first matchweek of CL fixtures is done and dusted, and we had some very surprising results. Here is a look at the mini kit battle for the first round of group stage fixtures as Europe’s premier club competition returned to our screens.
Young Boys (Nike) 2-1 Man Utd (Adidas)
Sevilla (Nike) 1-1 Salzburg (Nike)
Barcelona (Nike) 0-3 Bayern Munich (Adidas)
Dinamo Kiev (New Balance) 0-0 Benfica (Adidas)
Villarreal (Joma) 2-2 Atalanta (Joma)
Lille (New Balance) 0-0 Wolfsburg (Nike)
Chelsea (Nike) 1-0 Zenit (Nike)
Malmo (Puma) 0-3 Juventus (Adidas)
Besiktas (Adidas) 1-2 Dortmund (Puma)
Sheriff (Adidas) 2-0 Shakhtar (Puma)
Man City (Puma) 6-3 Leipzig (Nike)
Brugge (Macron) 1-1 PSG (Nike)
Atletico Madrid (Nike) 0-0 Porto (New Balance)
Liverpool (Nike) 3-2 AC Milan (Puma)
Sporting Lisbon (Nike) 1-5 Ajax (Adidas)
Inter Milan (Nike) 0-1 Real Madrid (Adidas)
As you can see, this was a pretty good week for New Balance-all of their teams remained unbeaten. Porto’s point away at Atletico Madrid was a very fine result, although Dragons fans would’ve probably wanted more given how it finished on xG (FCP’s 1.87 to Atleti’s 0.37)
Lille and Dinamo Kiev were both involved in a goalless stalemates at home- the former against current German league leaders Wolfsburg and the latter against Portuguese giants Benfica.
The biggest surprise in this round came in it’s very first game, where Young Boys came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1. The Red Devils took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo early in the first half and at that moment, their fans would’ve envisaged a pretty relaxing evening, celebrating a potential European away victory online at the likes of Platin Casino. However Aaron Wan Bissaka’s red card allowed the Swiss side a way back into the game, and a late mistake from Jesse Lingard saw the hosts snatch victory deep into second half injury time. United, playing in their away kit, had just two shots in the entire game- a stunning statistic given the attacking talent at their disposal.
Another surprise came in Moldova, where little known Sheriff Tiraspol got the better of Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0. The Moldovan outfit had just 26% of possession, but got their campaign off to the perfect start at home. Shakhtar are no pushovers, especially in Europe (they’ve even beaten Real Madrid before), so this was an excellent victory for the hosts.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich BOTH played in their third kits, with the former crashing to an embarrassing 3-0 loss at home. The margin of defeat could’ve been higher, and it’s another possible indicator that with Lionel Messi’s departure, the Blaugrana are no longer European heavyweights.
Like Bayern, Ajax in Adidas produced a 5-1 humbling of Sporting in Nike, with Seb Haller scoring four goals for the Dutch side. Sporting debuted their third kit as well, but it’s not a game they’ll remember too fondly!
There were three derbies- two Nike ones, and one an all-Joma clash involving Villarreal and Atalanta. The Joma one was a 2-2 draw as was Sevilla-Salzburg, which finished 1-1. The third game, featuring reigning European champions Chelsea against Zenit, went the way of the former, who edged the clash 1-0. It could well have a draw too on another evening- Artem Dzyuba spurned a magnificent chance to equalise towards the end.