Champions League scores: Erling Haaland keeps scoring, PSG held at Benfica and Real Madrid edge Shakhtar

On the second day of Champions League Matchday 3, Group E got a lot tighter with Chelsea picking up their first Champions League win with a 3-0 victory over AC Milan. The Blues were able to defend Stamford Bridge despite losing Wesley Fofana to an injury in the first half. Sergino Dest had a match to forget starting for AC Milan with Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount passing him with ease to help setup Chelsea during the match. Things are tight now with only two points separating Group E leaders RB Salzburg from the fourth-place team, Dinamo Zagreb. 

PSG and Benfica also took steps toward securing qualification with a 1-1 draw in Portugal as Messi's goal was canceled out by an own goal by Danilo. That sees both teams level atop Group H with seven points. Juventus gained ground with their first Champions League win, a 3-1 victory over Maccabi Haifa but an Angel Di Maria hat trick of assists can't close their four-point gap between the leaders. 

Elsewhere, Erling Haaland scored a brace as Manchester City put five past Copenhagen, and Jude Bellingham became the third youngest captain in Champions League history while Dortmund brushed aside Sevilla, 4-1. 

Wednesday's scoreboard

Group E
Red Bull Salzburg 1, Dinamo Zagreb 0
Chelsea 3, AC Milan 0

Group F
RB Leipzig 3, Celtic 1
Real Madrid 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 1

Group G
Manchester City 5, FC Copenhagen 0
Sevilla 1, Borussia Dortmund 4

Group H
Benfica 1, Paris Saint-Germain 1
Juventus 3, Maccabi Haifa 1

Here are a few takeaways from the matches:

Haaland just keeps on delivering

He only needed a half to get a brace for Manchester City, keeping his scoring run going. It's now 19 goals in all competitions with goals in nine straight matches for the Norweigan. October just started. It feels like Haaland will score every time he touches the pitch and nothing that we've seen this season makes it seem like that will stop. Twelve games into his Manchester City career, Haaland has scored more goals than most forwards will score in an entire season. Lionel Messi's record for goals in all competitions during a single season has to be in play. Messi scored 73 goals during his magical 2011-12 season for Barcelona and Haaland is already 26% of the way there while not having played a third of the season yet. If Pep Guardiola is able to get Haaland more rest in games by pulling him at the half, there's no reason to doubt his ability to reach Messi's record.


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Messi, Mbappe and Neymar combine for amazing goal

When PSG's trio are able to play to each others' strengths, the result is usually beautiful. While it wasn't enough to secure a win over Benfica due to an own goal by Danilo Pereira, Messi's goal was something to marvel at. Messi was able to start the chance before getting into position quickly to ensure it ended up in the back of the net.


Perhaps the goal of the week with just a brilliant curling effort.

Sevilla continue sliding, sack manager

There were already reports that Sevilla were moving on from manager Julen Lopetegui and if that wasn't already set in stone, an uninspired loss like allowing four goals to Borussia Dortmund at home was enough to tip the scales. Sevilla have one point in Champions League play while allowing eight goals in three matches, while they are also one point above the relegation zone in La Liga. Lopetegui was visibly upset after the match and it didn't take long after the final whistle to find out why as he has been let go by the Spanish club.

Assuming this was a predetermined decision as Wolves are interested in Lopetegui for their managerial opening and Jorge Sampaoli could be heading back to Sevilla, it's always better to play these games with a caretaker manager instead. It's hard for players to be motivated when they know that a manager's future is already out the door. While Sevilla did score a goal, it wasn't until the second half when the result was already determined. Sevilla could still qualify for the knockout stages but as they're five points behind Dortmund for second in the group, returning to Europa League seems like their ceiling. 

Super Angel Di Maria 

While Juventus were expected to win against Maccabi Haifa, a comprehensive 3-1 victory could help get their confidence going. Angel Di Maria had a hat trick of assists while Andre Rabiot scored a brace. Max Allegri will be disappointed that Wojciech Szczesny allowed a goal by being caught out of his net, but they did enough. They've never lost three Champions League matches in a row and that won't be a disappointing outcome that Allegri will need to face Wednesday. The team will need more of this to qualify for the knockout stages but their European season had to start somewhere.


Injury worries for RB Leipzig

The day got started with a bittersweet 3-1 victory for RB Leipzig over Celtic at home. While the victory is an important one for RB Leipzig to get their first victory of Champions League play, injuries to Peter Gulacsi and David Raum will cause worry for manager Marco Rose. Gulacsi is Leipzig's captain starting every match but two this season and has come up with big staves on multiple occasions to ensure that the team is never truly out of games. Also able to start counterattacks with his passing out of the back, going off with a non-contact injury after only 13 minutes could be quite a worry. His backup Janis Blaswich is an experienced keeper in the Netherlands and lower division of Germany but with only four appearances for RB Leipzig, Gulacsi missing significant time could cause a downturn in the team's defense.

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That's a wrap on the day

While there are gaps growing in quite a few groups especially Group G where Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund control their own fate as Sevilla and Copenhagen only have one point through three games. Real Madrid have also moved five points clear of Shakhtar but Group E is tight as can be. Two points separate RB Salzburg on five points from last place Dinamo Zagreb on three points with Chelsea and AC Milan in the middle with four. Anything could happen in this group with three games remaining.

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Rabiot gets his second and Juventus are back in control

It's a hat trick of assists for Di Maria as his cross helped create the assist.

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So much for Sevilla's goal sparking a turnaround

Julian Brant gets Dortmund's fourth goal as the German side has dominated the match from start to finish.

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Juventus caught out on the break

Defensive woes shine again as Maccabi Haifa score into an open net. It's Dean David with the goal.

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It's the high fives in Manchester

From one end into the net Mahrez assisted Alvarez's goal as City have now blown Copenhagen out of the stadium.

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A match to forget for AC Milan

This time Raheem Sterling sets up Reece James and Chelsea are set to get their first Champions League win in style. Conor Gallagher has now entered the match for Aubameyang as well while Jorginho has come in for Kovacic.

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Almost three for Juventus

Vlahovic thought he had his second but he was just off for the goal.

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Chelsea gets another!

This time it's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after being setup by Reece James. James delivered quite a cross before Aubameyang's poacher's instincts kicked in.

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Sevilla get one back!

After almost being sent off in the first half, En Neseyri rises over the Dortmund defenders to score a header following a corner kick.

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No Haaland, no problem

Mahrez makes it four for City as he scores from the spot after a foul by Stamenic in the box. Quite a day to forget for FC Copenhagen.

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It's the Di Maria show in Italy

Dusan Vlahovic scores but Di Maria made it easy with a beautiful pass to send Cohen the wrong way in net.

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No hat trick for Erling Haaland today

Cole Palmer has come on at the half with Julan Alvarez being the point forward to close things out.

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Uh oh PSG

Enzo Fernandez's cross is put into the back of the net by Danilo... but Danilo scores for the wrong team as it's an unfortunate own goal! We're back level now.

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Captian Bellingham strikes

The third youngest captian in Champions Leauge history scored a goal then was immediately followed by Adeyemi scoring too. Dortmund are ahead 3-0 as Sevilla maybe should've let Julen Lopetegui go before the match instead of managing this.

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One to forget for Copenhagen

It's an own goal for Khocholava as Manchester City are putting so much pressure on during the match. 

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Missing Courtois yet?

Real Madrid allowed Zubkov to get on the end of a header for Shakhtar to score a goal to get back into the match.

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Worry for Chelsea

After scoring a goal for the Blues, Fofana has been withdrawn and went straight down the tunnel. He was replaced by Trevoh Chalobah but that's a concerning one.

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Juventus strikes!

That one will feel good as Andel Di Maria played in Rabiot for the goal and Juventus finally have a breakthrough.

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It's a double for Haaland 37 mintues into the match

This time it's an assist from Sergio Gomez as both fullbacks have supplied the forward.

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Vini Jr makes it two

That didn't take long for Real Madrid to take control of the match with a great team goal cutting Shakhtar apart. 

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AC Milan gifts Chelsea a goal

After failing to deal with a corner kick, Thiago Silva was able to setup his partner in central defense Wesley Fofana. Big big goal for the Blues.

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Big goal for PSG

Lionel Messi puts PSG ahead as they're looking to put space between themselves and Benfica in the group.

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Oh Sevilla no

Dortmund had a clear breakaway on goal and the red card has been shown to Yossef En Nesyri. After a VAR review, a free kick was awarded with the card being downgraded to yellow instead due to En Nesyri not being the last man but it's clear that the managerial issues are impacting Sevilla.

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Real Madrid get their opener

It's Rodrygo as Los Blancos have all the pieces in their feared attack back together.

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Chances served daily, shots put in the back of the net

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Bonkers from Haaland

it took seven minutes for him to get his first of the day following a pass from Joao Cancelo. The Norwegian has his 18th goal for Manchester City as he's in unstoppable form.

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Dortmund with the first goal of the late slate

It's scored by Raphael Guerreiro who hit a stunner as Sevilla's woes worsen by the day.

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 Five minutes until the late matches get underway

It should be quite a slate to finish out matchday three with six matches going.

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