Lens without complexes, Arsenal walks

RC Lens took a very valuable point against Sevilla FC (1-1), Wednesday in Andalusia, on the first day of the Champions League. For its part, Arsenal corrected PSV Eindhoven (4-0) and Bayern Munich beat Manchester United (4-3).

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For its return to the Champions League, Lens courageously brought back a point from Sevilla (1-1) during the first day, which saw Arsenal stroll against PSV Eindhoven (4-0) and Bayern Munich beat Manchester United 4 -3 Wednesday September 20.

There was none for Real Madrid, who narrowly defeated Union Berlin (1-0). Nor for Inter Milan, outgoing finalist, who snatched a draw on the lawn of Real Sociedad (1-1).

After PSG won Dortmund on Tuesday (2-0), the second French club entered has also started its campaign well. Lens certainly did not win, but the current bottom of Ligue 1 played without complexes in Andalusia in a wild match.

Trailing quickly after a goal from Lucas Ocampos, the Lensois quickly reacted thanks to a free kick from Angelo Fulgini. Reassuring before welcoming the ogre Arsenal to Bollaert.

If those of Lens had waited two decades, Arsenal supporters had been patient since 2017. And the Emirates were not disappointed: for the return to the most prestigious of European club competitions, the Gunners had a full match.

At half-time the affair was over: Saka, Trossard and Jesus quickly buried the Dutch hopes. Odegaard sealed the score in the second period. Arsenal are sole leaders of Group B.

Bayern-Manchester spectacular

It’s still a little early to label Arsenal as favorite, but the Gunners’ cannon is well loaded and their opponents will have to be wary of their chief dynamiters.

In the caste of favorites, like the reigning champion Manchester City the day before, Bayern and Real responded by taking the three points from the outset.

In a remake of the 1999 final, this time there was no miracle for Manchester United. But the English believed in it, with a double at the end of the match from Casemiro. Sané, Gnabry, Kane and Tel had provided the essentials for the Bavarians.

Galatasaray and Copenhagen back to back (2-2), Bayern is alone at the top of Group A.

Real in extremis

For its part, Real waited until the last minute to win against the surprising Germans from Union Berlin. The most successful club in the competition, seeking a 15th crown, Madrid may be in transition, but it is nonetheless capable of winning even in pain.

Orphaned by Benzema, the White House is not left out with its new prodigy, Jude Bellingham, who delivered the Santiago Bernabeu in the 94th minute of a closed match.

Naples, another club expected this season in the Champions League, also waited until the last moments to take the upper hand against the Portuguese of Braga (2-1) and the head of group C, ahead of Real with an additional goal scored.

In Group D, Real Sociedad caught Inter, the outgoing finalist, with a goal in the 4th minute and almost pulled off the surprise of the day. But Inter showed Italian realism and equalized in the 87th minute. Salzburg took the lead in the group thanks to their victory at Benfica Lisbon (2-0).

With AFP


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