UCL Roundup (Matchweek 4, Day 1): Comebacks catches the attention as battle for topping the groups intensifies

Napoli, Barcelona face the heat as Dortmund, Chelsea fight till the end.

It’s fair to say that Champions league nights and madness goes hand in hand. When quality clubs across Europe come face to face there’s definite something magical, historical and unexpected that’s bound to happen. Be it case of Red Bull Salzburg’s teenage sensation Erling Haaland standing out in UCL so far and on the night where he scored an away goal against Napoli. To the surprise of Italian club the draw at home drops them to second place in the Group E behind defending champions Liverpool who won their tie against Genk by a fine margin of 2-1.

Gini Wijnaldum’s early opener followed by Oxlade Chamberlain’s second half winner saw Reds emerge victorious at Anfield. Though not keeping clean sheet is something which Liverpool would dislike but winning the tie after making 6 changes to their last fielded 11 is some positive which they would take before taking on Manchester City in their next game.  

Making comebacks isn’t an easy deed, but it’s brilliant achievement when you do it after going 3 goals down. The Blues from London squared it 4-4 late against Ajax in a thriller which had everything a football fan would spend his money on to watch. Frank Lampard is surely having a great time at his beloved club Chelsea, and with the way his young talented squad is responding, there’s some good and big to expect from them. Maybe upsets in knockout rounds as London club look prominent to top their group. 

From slump to the rise, Valencia showed their metal against Lille and made sure the fight for top two is far from over in the group where Chelsea and Ajax share the same points (7) as Valencia’s 4-1 victory last night took them to. 

Dortmund’s rise against Antonio Conte’s Inter not only left the Italian frustrating but also gave a reality check to the group that it’s going to be a tough battle to make it to the next round, even if there’s club which has Leo Messi named Alien in it. Coming back from two goals down to win it 3-2 gives a huge boost to Lucien Farve as group of death gets more deadly now with Barcelona drawing against Slavia Praha at Camp Nou. Nothing really worked for Catalan giants on field as 0-0 draw pulls a trigger alarm for Valverde, with next two remaining fixtures being Dortmund and Internazionale. 

In the adventurous UCL night Julian Naglesman’s RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyon had solid performances which pushes both the sides towards the knockout round of the Champions league season. We shall find out more of UCL action in the Day 2 of Match week 4 where eight games as lined up.

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