(CTN News) – Both English teams lost in the Champions League on a night when English players shined.
Manchester United and Arsenal were beaten by Galatasaray and Lens, respectively, as Real Madrid won 3-2 at Napoli on Tuesday.
With nine games under his belt, Jude Bellingham is fast becoming the team’s star attraction.
After assisting Vinicius Junior for one goal, England’s midfielder scored on his own to tie the score at 1-1. It took an own-goal from Alex Meret – after some unfortunate deflections – for Madrid to win, however.
For the second Champions League game in a row, Bellingham played a crucial role for Madrid. After joining Madrid from Borussia Dortmund this season, the 20-year-old has eight goals and three assists.
Carlo Ancelotti paid tribute to Bellingham, saying it was hard to believe he was still only 20 years old.
LOSS FOR ENGLISH TEAMS
Neither Manchester United nor Arsenal won a match against a team that enjoyed its best days in European soccer before Bellingham was born.
The loss to Galatasaray – United’s sixth defeat in 10 games in all competitions – puts more pressure on Erik ten Hag.
In just 10 minutes, Ten Hag’s team lost 2-1 against its Turkish opponent and sent off midfielder Casemiro. In the 71st minute, Galatasaray scored, won a penalty – which was missed by Casemiro – and scored again in the 81st minute. After missing a spot kick earlier, Mauro Icardi scored the winning goal.
This leaves United bottom of its group and four points behind Galatasaray. Following last month’s 4-3 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich, United has conceded seven goals in two games.
Lens defeated Arsenal 2-1 thanks to a goal and an assist from Elye Wahi. After Gabriel Jesus’ 14th-minute goal, Arsenal took the lead through Wahi’s assist to Adrien Thomasson. At this stage in the season, Declan Rice said, his team “missed some big chances,” but is “just getting into our rhythm.”.
Arsenal’s Champions League victory over PSV Eindhoven last time out was a landmark, but Lens’ wait was much longer. Since 2002, the French team hasn’t won a Champions League game and hasn’t qualified for Europe’s top club competition since this year.
RUN TO WINNING
With a 2-1 win against Copenhagen, Bayern continued its record winning run in the Champions League group stage – now 15 games going back to 2020.
Jamal Musiala leveled the score after Lukas Lerager gave the Danish team the lead, and Mathys Tel, 18, scored the winner after combining with teammate Thomas Müller, 34. Sven Ulreich dived deep into added time to stop an own goal.
Since 2017, Bayern hasn’t lost a group-stage game.
Union Berlin has lost two games in stoppage time. What a great way to introduce the Champions League!
Two weeks after a 1-0 loss to Madrid on an equally late goal from Jude Bellingham, the German club lost its first home Champions League game 3-2 to Braga.
Union led 2-0 on two counterattack goals from Sheraldo Becker, but Braga scored two goals after Union failed to clear set pieces before Castro’s late winner. As Madrid and Napoli are also in the group, Union’s chances of qualifying have already been weakened.
PSV twice recovered from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Sevilla in the 86th, 87th and fifth minutes of stoppage time.
With Mikel Oyarzabal and Brais Méndez scoring in the first half, Real Sociedad picked up its first Champions League victory in 20 years.
In a 1-0 win over Benfica, Inter Milan’s Marcus Thuram scored the only goal of the game to move level on four points with Sociedad at the top of their group.