The UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 on Tuesday provided plenty of excitement, including a few second-half goals from Manchester City in rout of Marseille and a Real Madrid side fighting for their UCL lives in Germany. All in all we were treated to 23 goals in eight matches (2.8 goals per match). Let's take a look at everything you need to know from the day's slate.
Champions League full-time scores
(All times U.S./Eastern)
- Lokomotiv Moscow 1, Bayern Munich 2
- Shakhtar Donetsk 0, Inter Milan 0
- Atletico Madrid 3, Red Bull Salzburg 2
- Borussia Monchengladbach 2, Real Madrid 2
- Porto 2, Olympiacos 0
- Marseille 0, Manchester City 3
- Liverpool 2, Midtjylland 0
- Atalanta 2, Ajax 2
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Casimiro comes up huge for Real Madrid
Things were looking bleak for Real Madrid as the winding minutes of stoppage time were slipping away. Benzema pulled the Spanish side within one in the 87th minute. Then some set piece chaos was made to look painless as Casimiro tapped away the equalizer for a Real Madrid side that was facing a second consecutive Champions League group stage loss.
Joao Felix a young legend for Atletico Madrid
An open game with action from each side appeared to be headed for a draw before the talents of Joao Felix came into play. Atletico was able to crowd the box and find passing lanes as Thomas Lemar connected a strong pass to Felix who nailed the goal into the back of the net.
Manchester City continue to dominate
The Premier League side made easy work of Marseille as they defeated the French side, 3-0, away from home. Their third goal looked flawless as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling linked up for Man City's third goal on the day, resting comfortable in first place in their group standings.
Let's rate some of the notable performances on the day, with one being the worst and 10 being perfection:
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool: He may not have had the same quality of forward to feast off his crosses but that hardly mattered when he could lay the ball on a plate for them. RATING: 8
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City: He continues to be an essential player for Man City. His ability to both create offense, combine with teammates, and score goals was on full display in today's match . RATING: 9
Anders Dreyer, Midtjylland: On a night where Liverpool had the majority of the ball, Midtjylland were left feeding on scraps but their young forward did all that could be asked with what service came his way. RATING: 6
Eden Hazard, Real Madrid: Made his return to the pitch in what felt like a must-win match for Real Madrid. His active role in the midfield could be the spark to ignite the club moving forward. RATING: 7
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A look ahead
Matchday 2 continues on Wednesday with another eight matches on the docket, including Barcelona facing off against Juventus. This was initially promised to be a showdown between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, though CR7's positive COVID-19 will keep him out of the first meeting.