Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also won their third match in the Champions League group stage. The Germans impressively beat Galatasaray 3-1 (1-1) in Istanbul on Tuesday, while Real Madrid won 2-1 (1-0) in Braga without ÖFB captain David Alaba. In Salzburg’s fourth group, Real Sociedad won 1-0 (0-0) over Benfica Lisbon.
At the Estadio da Luz, the visitors of San Sebastian were clearly the better team and they deservedly celebrated their second victory thanks to Bryce Mendes (63), which also put the Basques in first place, ahead of Inter thanks to a better goal difference. Benfica, under the leadership of former Salzburg coach Roger Schmidt, is still without a point or goal after the third match.
In Manchester, United remembered their idol, Bobby Charlton, who died on Sunday, before the match against Copenhagen (1-0). Coach Erik ten Hag entered the field with a former Charlton teammate behind bagpipes and laid a wreath. United’s match-winners, who have lost their first two games, are centre-backs Harry Maguire (72) and Andre Onana. The goalkeeper saved a penalty kick from Jordan Larsson in the 97th minute.
Bayern took the lead through Kingsley Coman after eight minutes against the Turkish champion, who was superior in terms of play, amid deafening crowds. Galatasaray equalized with Mauro Icardi after half an hour from a Panenka penalty kick (30). After the break, Tuchel’s team appeared tough and took the three points with goals from Harry Kane (73′) and Jamal Musiala (79′).
Christopher Tremmel celebrated his first grade debut
Konrad Laimer played for Bayern. The ÖFB player, recently deployed on the right side of the defence, came on for the injured Leon Goretzka in midfield and opened the scoring to make it 3-1. Nassir Mazraoui, who was criticized for a pro-Palestinian social media post, celebrated his return. The recently attacked Moroccan had distributed a video in which he wished the Palestinians victory in the conflict with Israel. The right-back returned to the starting lineup after a “detailed and clarifying conversation” with the club’s management.
Real Madrid took the next step towards promotion without Alaba, who only sat on the bench. Rodrigo (16) and Jude Bellingham (61) scored twice for the Spaniards, but Alvaro Gallo (63) made things interesting again soon after and started a strong final phase for the Portuguese. Second place in Group C is occupied by Italian champion Napoli, who won 1-0 (0-0) over Union Berlin thanks to a goal by Giacomo Raspadori (65). With the Germans still not getting any points, Austria captain Christopher Tremmel made his first-class debut at the age of 36.
Arsenal topped Group Two with a 2-1 (1-0) victory over host Sevilla. Gabriel Martinelli (45 + 4) and Gabriel Jesus (53) pushed the English ball to the top, and Arsenal’s good defense allowed only Nemanja Godeli (58) to score. RC Lens with ÖFB defender Kevin Danso made it 1-1 (0-0) at home against PSV Eindhoven and are now one point behind Arsenal. Johan Bakayoko (54) advanced for Eindhoven, and Elie Wahi (65) equalized.
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