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Start of the Champions League: Real embarrassed themselves against Donetsk – Klopp and Liverpool win


EA completely surprising home defeat by record winner Real Madrid was the bang at the start of the football Champions League. Los Blancos suffered an almost sensational 2: 3 (0: 3) home defeat in the group of Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach against a B-team of the Ukrainian representative Shakhtar Donezk.

In Bayern Munich’s Group A, RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow shared the points 2: 2 (1: 1) in a duel between the upcoming opponents of the German champions. Except for Real, none of the title contenders lost points in the second section of the first match day. Munich’s predecessor FC Liverpool with team manager Jürgen Klopp started with a 1-0 (1-0) at Ajax Amsterdam in Group D, while Pep Guardiolas made the next move with Manchester City for Europe’s crown in Group C thanks to national player Ilkay Gündogan 3: 1 (1: 1) against FC Porto. Meanwhile, Atalanta Bergamo and Gündogan’s national team-mate Robin Gosens took the lead in Liverpool’s group with a 4-0 (3-0) win against FC Midtjylland.

A difficult success: Jürgen Klopp wins with Liverpool FC at the start in Amsterdam.


A difficult success: Jürgen Klopp wins with Liverpool FC at the start in Amsterdam.
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Madrid were back four days after their first defeat of the season in the championship against newly promoted FC Cadiz (0-1). The 3-0 break lead by the guests, who compensated for the failure of ten players infected with the corona virus with eight U23 players, caused the Spaniards to fear a historic debacle. Tete (29th) and Manor Solomon (42nd) scored, Raphael Varane made an own goal (33rd). Real’s chase after goals from Luka Modric (54th) and “Joker” Junior Vinicius (59th) in stoppage time would have almost been rewarded with a point, but according to video evidence, the alleged equalization of Federico Valverde was not recognized.

“It was a bad evening,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, shocked: “We were missing a bit of everything, but the most important thing is that we stay calm.” However, his star ensemble is behind due to the false start, which is also second to Rio World Champion Toni Kroos could not avert his substitution in the last 20 minutes, on Tuesday at the guest appearance in Mönchengladbach already under pressure.

ManCity and Liverpool, on the other hand, are on schedule. Gündogan turned the match against Porto with a free-kick (65th) after Sergio Agüero (21st, penalty) had equalized the Portuguese lead by Luis Diaz (14th). New signing Ferran Torres (73rd) made everything clear at the beginning of the closing stages. Liverpool, meanwhile, needed an own goal from the hosts by Nicolas Tagliafico (35th) in Amsterdam.

In Salzburg, despite Moscow’s lead by Eder (19th), after goals from Dominik Szoboszlai (45th) and ex-Bremen Zlatko Junuzovic (50th), the hosts were already on the road to victory. But the Russians, who received Munich on Tuesday, kidnapped a counter when Vitali Lisakowitsch (75th) scored. In the Cizizens group, Olympique Marseille suffered a setback. The former title winner lost to Olympiacos Piraeus with a goal in stoppage time 0: 1 (0: 0).


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