In addition to the Paris SG meeting, Rennes, the other French club in contention on Wednesday night, played its C1 match. FC Barcelona, Juventus, and Borussia Dortmund, among others, were also on the program.
The week was going to be complicated in Europe for French clubs. After OM’s 3-0 defeat to FC Porto on Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain moved to Leipzig without Neymar and Mbappé and, above all, Rennes went to England to face the ogre of their group, Chelsea.
The Rennes tried to make an illusion, but the difference in level and the refereeing were the reason for Julien Stéphan’s men. While they thought they would get a penalty for a hand from Kurt Zouma, the referee was not going to check the VAR and the game continued.
Almost in the process, Dalbert, for a foul in the box on Timo Werner, was punished and a penalty was given for the Blues. The German, despite the fact that Alfred Gomis was on the trajectory of the strike, converted the offering (1-0, 10th).
The opportunities were not really legion and Damien Da Silva could not straighten his attempt with a header from a corner (29th). But that first period was about a penalty. On a tammy Abraham strike, the ball bounced off Dalbert’s shin before hitting his hand.
This time the referee went to see the video, awarded a penalty, and gave a second yellow card, synonymous with expulsion, to the Rennes right side. Werner, again, propelled the leather into the net (2-0, 41st). At the break, the Bretons had been unlucky and also a little aggrieved.
When they returned from the locker room, the Rennes couldn’t really do better than trying not to take a suitcase. However, Chelsea’s third goal was not long in coming.
On an excellent cross from the right, Tammy Abraham beat everyone and again beat Alfred Gomis (3-0, 50th). The Breton goalkeeper had to hold his place again ahead of Olivier Giroud (74th). Rennes, like OM, still hasn’t won in this Champions League.
Messi, Morata and Dybala score, Haaland regales again
In the other matches of the evening, FC Barcelona relied on the talent of Lionel Messi. The Argentinian, after a relay from Ansu Fati, was going to poke his ball into the box and Denys Popov mowed it down.
The Pulga was not praying and opened the scoring (1-0, 5th). Ansu Fati, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, and Pedri tried to move the score forward before half-time, to no avail. In the second half, Lionel Messi was not far from scoring a sublime free-kick, but the goalkeeper deflected beautifully (58th).
Less than ten minutes later, Gerard Piqué doubled the lead for Barca on an excellent Ansu Fati cross (2-0, 65′). But Ter Stegen had so far multiplied the miracles. Eventually, he lost to Tsygankov (2-1, 75′). Despite the last attempts, the Ukrainians could no longer get to the goals. The Catalans won their third match in as many matches.
Juventus were also quick to open the scoring. On a long ball in the deep right, Cuadrado centered in break. Cristiano Ronaldo at the first post missed his Madjer but Alvaro Morata, the in-form Juventini man, was there to push the leather into the back of the net (0-1, 7th).
Despite the attempts of Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Chiesa, the score did not move before the break. The score would finally evolve in the second act. Morata, on a Ronaldo serve, doubled the lead (0-2, 60th) and Dybala took advantage of a goalkeeper error to deal with the fatal blow (0-4, 72nd).
But it wasn’t over, Dybala was still taking advantage of a totally missed pass from the goalkeeper to score but the goal was awarded to Dvali against his side (0-4, 81′). Franck Boli will close the gap (1-4, 90th).
Finally, the big performance of the evening was the work of Erling Haaland. The Norwegian and Dortmund won and led 3-0 at the break thanks to a double from his serial scorer.
It has long been thought that Sevilla will explode at Sanchez Pizjuan as the Andalusians were led two goals to zero, then two to one before Jesus Navas was ruled out late in the first half.
Finally, Julen Lopetegui’s men were going to turn the tide in the second half thanks to an entry, En Nesyri, who gave himself a double in a few minutes (70th, 72nd). Despite a few attempts in the final moments, the Russians did not return.
The results of the evening
– Chelsea 3-0 Rennes: Werner (10th sp, 41st sp), Abraham (50th)
– FC Barcelona 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Messi (5th sp), Piqué (65th) for Barca; Tsygankov (75′) for Dynamo
– Ferecvaros 1-4 Juventus: Boli for Ferencvaros; Morata (7th, 60th), Dybala (72nd, 81st) for Juve
– Brugge 0-3 Borussia Dortmund: Hazard (14th), Haaland (18th, 32nd)
– FC Sevilla 3-2 Krasnodar: Rakitic (42nd), En Nesyri (70th, 72nd) for Sevilla; Suleymanov (17th), Berg (21st, sp)