Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian (unseen) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Lille anf Chelsea, on October 02, 2019 at the Pierre Mauroy stadium, in Lille, France. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo by DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

Group A

13-time champions Real Madrid fought to draw 2-2 against Club Brugge after conceding two in the first half. 21-year old Emmanuel Dennis put both past Thibaut Courtois with the first initially called offside before a VAR review and the second chipping a disappointing Courtois who was substituted at half-time.

Sergio Ramos headed in Real’s first, another goal called offside before being overturned by VAR. Brugge captain Ruud Vormer saw his second yellow card in the 84th minute and Real took the chance with Kroos crossing the free-kick for Casemiro to head in the equaliser in a poor performance from the Spaniards.

In Istanbul Paris St-Germain welcomed Mauro Icardi’s first goal to win 1-0 in a match closer than they would have liked. With another three points PSG remain at the top of the group followed by Brugge and Galatasaray with a troubled Real Madrid on the bottom and hoping they can recover.

 

Group B

Tottenham’s woes continued with a shocking 2-7 loss to Bayern Munich. A half-time score of 1-2 left the Spurs with hopes of a comeback but they were quickly dissolved. Kimmich and Son Heung-Min scored before 20 minutes before Lewandowski smashed in a long-range shot to put Bayern ahead.

After the break Tottenham sunk to 2-4 with former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry scoring twice and Harry Kane putting away a penalty. From there the home team lost morale before Lewandowski scored a brace and Gnabry scored another two in the last ten minutes to be named man of the match.

Meanwhile in Belgrade, Red Star turned around Olympiakos’ 1-0 lead to seize the three points with three goals of their own. As it stands Bayern sit comfortably on top of the group followed by Red Star. Tottenham sit ahead of bottom-of-the-table Olympiakos on away goals.

 

Group C

It was a day for the substitutes as Manchester City dominated at home to win 2-0 over Dinamo Zagreb. Raheem Sterling came on in the 56th minute before scoring ten minutes later from a Riyad Mahrez cross. Pep Guardiola was left apologising to Phil Foden who was subbed on in the first minute of injury time before scoring in the fifth to build his case for an England call up later this week.

Shakhtar Donetsk left it late at the San Siro with Manor Solomon sinking the winner in injury time. Atalanta’s first home Champions League game ended with a goal to their name but was still a defeat where they couldn’t match the more experienced Ukrainian side.

Manchester City predictably lead the group with no goals conceded so far and both Shakhtar and Zagreb sit on three points. Atalanta’s debut in the Champions League has so far been disappointing and they are yet to obtain a point.

 

Group D

Juventus has been praised for an all-round solid performance in their 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Gonzalo Higuain led the scoring in the 17th before Bernardeschi and Cristinao Ronaldo finished off the scoring. Despite conceding three, Leverkusen goalie Lukas Hradecky put in the effort to hold off the Portuguese superstar until the 89th minute.

In Moscow young gun João Félix became Atletico Madrid’s youngest-ever Champions League scorer as they won for the third time in two years against Lokomotiv Moscow. The 19-year-old scored after his first shot was deflected right back to him then set up Diego Costa to assist Thomas Partey to win 2-0.

Atletico and Juventus are on top of a tight group with four points each and no losses, followed by Lokomotiv on three and Leverkusen still on zero.

 

Group E

The big match of Group E saw Liverpool narrowly win 4-3 over Red Bull Salzburg. The Reds went 3-0 up with goals from Mane, Robertson and Salah and were looking confident when Hwang Hee-Chan got one back for the visitors before half-time.

The second half saw Takumi Minamino and young sensation Erling Braut Haaland level the game after an hour. The Norwegian teenager has now scored 18 goals in 11 appearances for Salzburg this season. It was Salah who scored the winner in the 69th minute and secured three points for Liverpool after a loss to Napoli in the first round.

Genk and Napoli played out a scoreless draw with the Italians hitting the woodwork three times in the first half. Napoli have yet to concede and sit on top of the ladder with four points. Salzburg and Liverpool share the middle of the table with three points each and Genk sit on the bottom with one point.

 

Group F

Inter Milan struck early against Barcelona and took the lead through Lautaro Martinez on two minutes with an assist from Alexis Sanchez. Barca floundered for the rest of the first half, fending off further attempts and relying on an offside call against Antonio Candreva.

Soon after the break Luis Suarez managed an acrobatic volley to tie the score, after only scoring two goals in his last two Champions League campaigns and his first in the group stage for over three years. Lionel Messi returned from injury and for the first time ran mroe than 45 minutes this season to set up Suarez with a second and push Barcelona into the lead and win the match.

The earlier game pitted Slavia Prague against Borussia Dortmund with the Germans comfortably coming out on top. Two goals from defender Achraf Hakimi, one in each half, settled the game and put Dortmund on top of the group. Barcelona follow second with four points while both Inter Milan and Slavia Prague have one point each from their round one draw.

 

Group G

Zenit St Petersburg went on the attack against Benfica and it paid off with the Russians winning 3-1. The visitors scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute through De Tomas but the damage was already done. A prepared Zenit side restricted the Portuguese to taking long shots while Dzyuba and Azmoun put in a goal each and Ruben Dias was forced into an own goal in between.

Lyon ended a seven-game winless streak to take three points in Leipzig. Timo Werner failed to convert two golden opportunities and Yussuf Poulsen had an effort cleared off the line but it was Lyon’s Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier who each went home with a goal to their names.

Zenit take the lead in the group just ahead of Lyon despite being level on points. RB Leipzig follow one point behind and Benfica find themselves yet to pick up a single point.

 

Group H

After losing to Valencia both Frank Lampard and Chelsea needed a win against Lille and they delivered. It was rising star Tammy Abraham who opened the scoring by slotting the ball into the bottom right corner before Osimhen’s header leveled the game and it stayed that way until the second half. 31-year old Brazilian Willian settled the match when he smashed a cross from Hudson-Odoi into the ground and it bounced over the keeper.

In Spain Ajax continued their European campaign with a second 3-0 win, this time over Valencia. Ziyech hit the ball from 25 yards out into the top corner on 8 minutes to start the rout. Valencia’s captain Dani Perejo launched a penalty over the crossbar, missing the chance to equalise and get a better result for the home team. Instead Quincy Promes found the back of the net before the break and Donny van de Beek found it afterwards.

Despite selling key players between seasons Ajax are still playing well and find themselves at the top of their group. Valencia and Chelsea each have three points with a win and a loss and French side Lille sit at the bottom with nothing from two rounds.