The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League kicked off matchday 2 on Tuesday with eight games after taking a one-week break.
Real Madrid vs. Napoli
The heaviest clash was between Champions League best runners Real Madrid and Serie A title defenders, Napoli. Jude Bellingham was a sensation as his solo strike helped the Spanish giants edge tough Napoli.
Bellingham’s latest strike put the 14-time European champs up 2-1; Napoli’s Leo Skiri Østigård gave the hosts an early lead before Vinicius Junior canceled it out.
VAR awarded Napoli a penalty after a foul on Victor Osimhen. and Zielinski scored to even the game.
Federico Valverde’s stunning strike closed the game for the visitors.
Lens vs. Arsenal
The Gunners started their Champions League campaign with an early lead at Stade Bollaert-Delelis via Gabriel Jesus.
But after Bukayo Saka limped off since he was not 100% medically fit for the clash, Arsenal went downhill, losing 2-1 to Lens.
After the match, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta suggested that the injury is serious.
Manchester United vs. Galatasaray
On Tuesday against Man United at Old Trafford, the Turkish power managed three in a 3-2 triumph that left the Red Devils with zero points through their first two group stage games.
Union Berlin vs. Braga
Union Berlin lost again in the dying minutes, against Braga, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first half of the match.
When it was 2-2, the hosts — playing at 74,000 Olympic Stadium because it seats more than three times as many fans as their own Stadion An der Alten Försterei — kept throwing players forward and into the attack in search of a third goal.
Braga silenced the huge crowd when André Castro stroked home the decider following a counterattack With just seconds left in stoppage time.