Bayern Munich has made an excellent start to the new season in the Champions League. The defending champion recorded a resounding victory over Atlético Madrid in his first group match on Wednesday: 4-0. Manchester City won after a catch-up race against FC Porto.
Manchester City wins after FC Porto catch-up
Bayern got off the starting blocks furiously and after 28 minutes of play was already ahead against Atlético, which was eliminated by RB Leipzig in the quarter-finals of the million ball last season. Joshua Kimmich served Kingsley Coman with a measured long pass, after which the Frenchman aimed the ball into the far corner.
Even before half-time it became 2-0 for the team of trainer Hans-Dieter Flick. Coman again had a share in the hit. The left winger already found the free-standing Leon Goretzka, who lashed out with his right pebble.
Atlético thought to put a connection goal on the scoreboard shortly after the break, but João Félix’s goal was rejected by the VAR due to offside. Then Bayern ran out to 4-0. Corentin Tolisso found the intersection with a dry bang, after which Coman made his second of the evening after a long dribble.
Bayern Munich seized the Champions League / European Cup I for the sixth time in club history in August. The club from Munich, which also won the German national title, the DFB Pokal and later also the European Super Cup and the German Super Cup, was in the final 0-1 too strong for Paris Saint-Germain.
In the group of Bayern Munich, Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow in Austria shared the points: 2-2. Dominik Szoboszlai and Zlatko Junuzovic scored with long shots on behalf of the home team, while Éder and Vitali Lisakovich scored with the head for the Russians.
Ilkay Gündogan is the center of the revelry at Manchester City after his goal against FC Porto. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Manchester City recorded a hard-fought victory over FC Porto in group C. The team of manager Josep Guardiola, who still performs disappointingly in the Premier League with seven points from four matches, turned a deficit into a victory in the absence of Orange international Nathan Aké: 3-1.
FC Porto took the brutal lead in Manchester after fifteen minutes via Luis Díaz, who crowned his beautiful solo past three defenders of Manchester City with a shot in the far corner. Sergio Agüero equalized seven minutes from a penalty kick. Raheem Sterling was brought down hard in the sixteen-meter area, after which Agüero did not fail from 11 meters.
Ilkay Gündogan completed the Manchester City catch-up race after the break with a striking free kick from 18 meters. Ferrán Torres put an end to all uncertainty in the final quarter with a curling shot in the intersection.
In the same group, Olympiacos was 1-0 too strong for Olympique Marseille due to a goal in injury time. Koka simply headed a cross from former French international Mathieu Valbuena against the ropes. At Olympique Marseille, Kevin Strootman came in five minutes before time.