Champions League: Barcelona Had a Hard Time in Prague; Mertens Saves Napoli; Who Said Salah Is Selfish?


The third round of the Champions League is completed. We saw plenty of exciting matches on Wednesday, but the duel in Salzburg stands out. Napoli managed to celebrate and neutralize the amazing Erling Braut Haaland, who is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe. 

The 19-year-old Norwegian became the Champions League top scorer, after finding the net twice last night against Napoli. Unfortunately, his team’s main problem was that they were playing against a better team. 

The fans in Salzburg were able to witness a ferocious clash between Haaland and Mertens. The Belgian attacker scored in the 17th and 64th minute, and both times Haaland managed to neutralize the leader of the visitors. 

The Norwegian wunderkind first converted a 40th-minute penalty, and then he showed that he’s a threat from the air as well after scoring a fantastic header in the 72nd minute. Mertens got the last laugh though – only this time he assisted to Insigne, who lobbed Carlos. Napoli won 3:2, and they are now on the top of Group E with seven points. 

Liverpool didn’t go through much trouble in Genk. Chamberlain, who was coming off an injury, scored only two minutes into the game. He did it again in the 57th minute, and at that point, it was already game over for the Belgium team. Salah blew out of the water the idea that he’s a selfish player after assisting to Mane in the 77th minute to make it 0:3 for the visiting team. 

The Senegal star returned the favor 10 minutes later. Odey scored a late consolation as The Reds cruised over Genk 4:1. 

Benfica outplayed Lyon in Lisbon. Silva scored the first goal of the match in the 4th minute, and his team held the lead all the way through. Depay evened the score in the 70th minute, but Pizzi scored a winner four minutes before stoppage time after Lopes inexplicably threw the ball straight into the net.  

Inter Milan got its first Champions League to win this season, after beating Dortmund 2:0 at San Siro. Lautaro Martinez scored the opener in the 22nd minute, but he also missed the penalty in the 82nd minute, missing the opportunity to seal the deal. Candreva did it, however, a couple of seconds before stoppage time. 

Valencia got the lead against Lille after Cheryshev found the target in the 63rd minute, but the team from Spain didn’t withstand the pressure all the way through. Namely, Ikone scored a stunning equalizer to save his team. 

Barca had a hard time in Prague, although it didn’t seem that way at the beginning of the match after Messi shot up the scoring charts in the third minute of the game. Boril poked an equalizer in the 50th minute, but the visitors got the three points after Olayinka scored an unfortunate own goal in the 57th minute.