Erling Haaland shoots Manchester City to victory in the Champions League

Tith defender Real Madrid and English champions Manchester City are going into the second half of the group stage in the Champions League after winning their third preliminary round with a clean slate. Real won against Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 (2-1) and Manchester with another brilliant one Erling Haaland against FC Copenhagen even 5:0 (3:0).

As the next title contender, Paris St. Germain dropped points for the first time. At the traditional Portuguese club Benfica Lisbon with the German coach Roger Schmidt, the star ensemble did not get beyond a 1-1 (1-1). Meanwhile, the former Champions League winners celebrated their first successes of the season in the European premier class Juventus (3:1 against Maccabi Haifa) and FC Chelsea (3:0 against AC Milan) as well as RB Salzburg with his German coach Matthias Jaissle (1:0 against Dinamo Zagreb).

Real presented itself three days after losing its first point in the championship without the resting international Antonio Ruediger well recovered. The Brazilians Rodrygo (13th minute) and Vinicius Junior (28th) set the course for the team of former world champion Toni Kroos to win in the duel of the group opponents of the cup winners RB Leipzig. Donetsk only reduced the lead by Olexander Subkov (39′) before the break.

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In Manchester Norwegian striker Erling Haaland delivered another gala performance. The former Dortmunder increased his track record for national player Ilkay Gündogan’s team against Copenhagen with two goals (7th and 32nd) to 19 goals in twelve competitive games so far. The other goals for the Citizens came from an own goal by Davit Chocholawa (39th) and after Haaland was substituted before the second round by Riyad Mahrez (55th, penalty kick) and Julian Alvarez (76th).

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