February 4, 2023

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UEFA Champions League: Haaland ‘hala’ extra targets, Messi strikes one other historic drop as Manchester Metropolis win, PSG stumble


Erling Haaland continued his outstanding goalscoring kind by netting twice as Manchester Metropolis thrashed FC Copenhagen 5-0 within the Champions League on Wednesday, whereas Chelsea noticed off AC Milan to revive their hopes of reaching the final 16.

Holders Actual Madrid survived a spirited problem from Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk on the Santiago Bernabeu to win 2-1 and lengthen their benefit in Group F.

Lionel Messi scored however Paris Saint-Germain have been held to a 1-1 draw by Benfica in Lisbon.

Haaland went into Metropolis’s recreation towards Copenhagen on the Etihad Stadium having turning into the primary participant in Premier League historical past to attain three successive residence hat-tricks in Sunday’s demolition of Manchester United.

The Norwegian slammed within the opening objective on seven minutes along with his weaker proper foot earlier than prodding in a rebound for his second 25 minutes later.

The 22-year-old has now scored 28 instances in his 22 Champions League appearances, already breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s file for many targets in a participant’s first 30 video games within the competitors.

“I’ve by no means witnessed something prefer it in my life,” Metropolis’s Jack Grealish advised BT Sport.

“For the primary and second targets I used to be simply laughing. He’s all the time there.

“The ‘keeper stated one thing to me as I used to be strolling again. He stated ‘He’s not human!’ I stated ‘You’re telling me?’ Hopefully he can keep on this type and take us to glory.”

Visiting centre-back Davit Khocholava put via his personal web, with Haaland ready behind him, to make it three earlier than halftime.

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Haaland was denied a fourth Metropolis treble as he was changed on the interval, however a Riyad Mahrez penalty and Julian Alvarez’s fourth objective for the membership accomplished the rout.

Pep Guardiola’s males stay three factors away from second-placed Borussia Dortmund in Group G and can qualify for the knockout section with a victory within the Danish capital subsequent week.

Jude Bellingham scored for the third time in as many Champions League outings as Dortmund romped to a 4-1 victory at Sevilla.

The Spanish membership responded to the defeat – and a desperately poor begin to the season which has left them seventeenth in LaLiga – by sacking coach Julen Lopetegui shortly after the ultimate whistle.

Chelsea ease to first win
Chelsea ended their anticipate a win in Group E as targets from Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James sealed a formidable 3-0 conquer Italian champions AC Milan at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues made it back-to-back victories beneath new boss Graham Potter to arrange a vital conflict on the San Siro in six days’ time.

Chelsea are second in Group E, stage on factors with third-placed Milan, one level behind leaders Salzburg who edged out Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.
“It’s simpler if you win video games,” stated Aubameyang. “The temper is superb in the intervening time. We’ll attempt to stick with it.”

Shakhtar placed on a battling show in Madrid, with goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin making 11 saves, however couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit towards Actual.

Objectives within the first half-hour from Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior put Actual in management and the 14-time champions made it three wins from three in Group F regardless of Oleksandr Zubkov’s effort for Shakhtar.

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Madrid shall be certain of a last-16 spot if they will beat second-placed Shakhtar subsequent day trip.

RB Leipzig are only a level behind Shakhtar after Joe Hart’s error helped the Germans down Celtic 3-1.

The previous England goalkeeper’s poor go led to Andre Silva restoring Leipzig’s lead within the second half earlier than the Portugal striker netted once more late on.

Benfica peg PSG
Benfica stay stage on factors with leaders PSG on the Group H summit after a hard-fought draw towards one of many event favourites.

Messi produced a trademark left-footed end into the highest nook after a neat trade of passes additionally involving Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to attain his 127th Champions League objective within the twenty second minute.

Benfica levelled 4 minutes earlier than the break as Danilo Pereira scored an personal objective and each side spurned probabilities to win within the second half.

Messi solely scored 11 targets in 34 video games in his first season for PSG final time period, however already has eight in 13 this time round.

“It’s regular, it takes a bit of time,” PSG skipper Marquinhos advised Canal Plus. “Now he feels a bit of extra snug… I hope Leo Messi has an excellent season till the tip to win this title.”

Juventus moved inside 4 factors of the highest two as Adrien Rabiot’s brace and a Dusan Vlahovic objective gave the Italians a 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa for his or her first factors.

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