Champions League: Matchday 5 summary


Match day five in the season’s group game in the Champions League offered some brilliant matches.

Things started with a bang with Tuesday’s early kick-off where Manchester United booked their place in the round of 16 and Robert Lewandowski made a sublime overhead kick.

Chelsea later stole the show with a five-star display against Juventus, while Xavi’s first match as coach of the Champions League ended in frustration.

Wednesday should bring more wealth as well, with Man City vs PSG taking the highest bill.

This is how the match day five campaign ended …

Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Bayern Munich

What a goal / Sebastian Widmann / GettyImages

Bayern Munich maintained their 100% winning record in this season’s group game in the Champions League by securing a 2-1 away win over Dynamo Kiev in one of Tuesday’s early kicks.

Bayern played well in the first half and went into the break well deservedly with 2-0 up. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a superb overhead kick before Kingsley Coman doubled his lead just before the break.

In the second half, Dynamo struck back through Denys Harmash and put up a tense last 20 minutes. Bayern, however, survived some late scares to keep their flawless record in pace.

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Barcelona 0-0 Benfica

Benfica break with numbers in the 93rd minute and Haris Seferovic still does not score against Barcelona in any way! ?

Jorge Jesus’ reaction sums it up …? #UCL

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 23 November 2021

The crisis between Barcelona and Benfica in Group E was proof that a 0-0 draw can really be exciting.

Apart from goals, the Camp Nou crowd – which due to rain, was halved (seriously) – saw a bit of everything. From lively midfield industry to dazzling creativity in the final third, and from a few flashes of brilliance to literally howling with an open goal, we got it all.

The chances went begging on both sides of the range. Yusuf Demir curved a delightful strike in the crossbar for the hosts while Nicolas Otamendi saw a burning effort ruled out for the visitors in the first half.

A lively finish to the second period saw Frenkie de Jong miss a header from close range, Ronald Araujo had a goal disallowed and Haris Seferovic pranked next to an empty goal.

Despite all the action, both sides were content with a 0-0 draw, which left everything to be replayed in the race for second place in Group E.

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Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United started the era after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in style and confirmed their development to the knockout stage with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal.

United had to work hard for the score with their hosts twice who were denied by David de Gea before the Red Devils struck twice late to secure the victory.

The first goal came with the permission of Cristiano Ronaldo who took advantage of Fred’s fine pressure by lifting the ball over Gerónimo Rulli from outside the penalty area. Then, in the final stages, Jadon Sancho scored an emphatic goal – his first in a United shirt – to be sure of the points.

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Young Boys 3-3 Atalanta

What a game / RvS.Media/Basile Barbey / GettyImages

Young Boys and Atalanta could not be separated in a six-goal thriller, leaving the second qualifying spot wide open in Group F on the way into match day six.

Duvan Zapata got the guests a perfect start in Bern and scored within 10 minutes with a nice turn and shot. However, the Young Boys responded well and leveled things just before the break through Theoson Siebatcheu.

Atalanta restored their lead through Jose Luis Palomino before the match reached a dramatic end with three goals in the last ten minutes, which ensured that it was even.

Lille 1-0 Red Bull Salzburg

Lille is on the verge of the knockout stages / Sylvain Lefevre / GettyImages

A goal from Jonathan David gave Lille an important 1-0 victory over Red Bull Salzburg who set up a dramatic last match day in Group G.

David reacted quickly in the box to shoot home in the 31st minute after good work from Burak Yilmaz, in one of the first half few chances.

The second half was also a tight event, where Lille was closest to scoring when Jonathan Bamba’s effort was squeezed off the line.

Sevilla 2-0 Wolfsburg

An important victory for Sevilla / Fran Santiago / GettyImages

In the second match in Group G, Sevilla kept their chances of reaching the knockout stage alive with a lively 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg.

The Spanish team had not won the Champions League this season before this result but they got off to a flying start when Joan Jesus finished Ivan Rakitic’s post within 12 minutes. Lukas Nmecha frightened them shortly after when his effort tipped the bar and Sevilla left it late to put the result beyond doubt.

The second goal came in the 97th minute when Lucas Ocampos slipped in Rafa Mir, who knocked in from close range.

These results mean that only three points separate first-placed Lille and last-placed Wolfsburg in group G.

Chelsea 4-0 Juventus

Chelsea was imperious / Mike Hewitt / GettyImages

Chelsea took a victory over Group H rival Juventus, and won 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Juve lined up to frustrate their host and lined up four central midfielders, but they were not successful. Trevoh Chalobah started the party on his first Champions League start, and half-volleyed home from a corner in the 25th minute.

After the break, Reece James netted an unstoppable second and three minutes later Callum Hudson-Odoi took the match beyond Max Allegri’s side with a fine finish. Timo Werner rounded off the goal scorer in stoppage time.

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Malmö 1-1 Zenit

Malmö were unbeaten before match day five / ANDREAS HILLERGREN / GettyImages

Zenit left it late to earn a point against Malmö, which almost confirmed a third place for the Russian side.

Malmö had lost all their matches before this one, so it was a surprise when they took the lead through Søren Rieks just before half an hour.

Zenit pressed hard for an equalizer after the break with Artem Dzyuba who missed a penalty early in the second half. With 86 minutes played, Dmitri Chistyakov of Jaroslav Rakitskiy fell dramatically just outside the penalty area.

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