The second round of the Champions League is done and dusted and we had some very interesting results indeed, with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona both losing against opposition they’d ordinarily have expected to beat easily, and it’ll be interesting to see how they react in Round 3!
Ajax (Adidas) 2-0 Besiktas (Adidas)
Shakhtar (Puma) 0-0 Inter (Nike)
PSG (Nike) 2-0 Man City (Puma)
Leipzig (Nike) 1-2 Brugge (Macron)
Porto (NB) 1-5 Liverpool (Nike)
AC Milan (Puma) 1-2 Atletico Madrid (Nike)
Dortmund (Puma) 1-0 Sporting (Nike)
Real Madrid (Adidas) 1-2 Sheriff (Adidas)
Atalanta (Joma) 1-0 Young Boys (Nike)
Man Utd (Adidas) 2-1 Villarreal (Joma)
Zenit (Nike) 4-0 Malmo (Puma)
Bayern (Adidas) 5-0 Dinamo Kiev (NB)
Benfica (Adidas) 3-0 Barcelona (Nike)
Salzburg (Nike) 2-1 Lille (NB)
Wolfsburg (Nike) 1-1 Sevilla (Nike)
Juventus (Adidas) 1-0 Chelsea (Nike)
The biggest shock of the round came in Madrid, where Carlo Ancelotti’s Real were upset 2-1 by little known Sheriff Tiraspol. Luxembourg forward Sebastien Thill scored an absolute stunning late winner to shock the 24,522 strong crowd at the Bernabeu. The Moldovan side, wearing templated Adidas tops, are now top of a group that also involves Shakhtar and Italian champions Inter Milan!
Barcelona had a night to forget in Lisbon, going down 3-0 to Benfica- their second successive loss by the same margin in this year’s competition. Having worn the third kit against Bayern, the Blaugrana wore their Senyera top against SLB here, but the result didn’t change, and Ronald Koeman’s men are now bottom of Group E without having scored a single goal (and with a GD of -6!)
The heavyweight clash of this round was at Parc des Princes, where Lionel Messi scored a superb individual goal to help PSG beat Pep Guardiola’s Man City 2-0. The Citizens and Bayern were favourites in the Champions League odds at the beginning of the competition, but with this triumph, PSG have laid down a marker and the odds on them to go all the way have considerably shortened- will this finally be their year in Europe?
PSG and City’s group also produced another interesting result, with Brugge stunning Leipzig 2-1 away from home. The Belgian side were expected to be the whipping boys in Group A, but have more than held their own so far, having also drawn with Paris on Match Day 1.
Round 1 was a good one for New Balance, but Round 2 wasn’t so, with Porto, Dinamo Kiev and Lille all suffering defeats. Porto and Dinamo both shipped in five goals against Liverpool and Bayern respectively, and Lille, the reigning French champions, were beaten 2-1 by Salzburg in Austria. Man Utd got out of jail thanks to a late Ronaldo winner against Villarreal- the Spanish side didn’t deserve to lose, but that’s the way this tournament rolls at times.
Inter were forced to tone down the snake on their away kit (see below) by the tournament organisers, and that seemed to reflect in their performance as well, as they settled for a goalless draw against Shakhtar.
Juventus gave Andrea Pirlo some much needed breathing space with a win over defending champions Chelsea while the all-Adidas derby between Ajax and BJK went 2-0 the way of the forme