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Football | Champions League 23/24 | Matchday 3 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Man United, Arsenal and Man City all win
  • Newcastle suffer defeat to Dortmund
  • Celtic draw with Atletico Madrid

Europe – It was a mixed Matchday for the British teams in the Champions League with wins for Man United, Arsenal and Man City. Newcastle suffered a defeat to Borussia Dortmund but Celtic drew with Atletico Madrid.


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Maguire the hero for United

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Harry Maguire has often come under criticism from Manchester United supporters for inconsistent displays for the side. However, against Copenhagen this week, it was his header from Christian Eriksen‘s cross that secured them a 1-0 win. The three points were also rescued by Andre Onana who has also made some costly errors this season. The goalkeeper saved Jordan Larsson‘s penalty in the 97th minute.

This was United’s first win in the Champions League this season but they still remain third in A, having lost to Bayern Munich and Galatasaray in their opening two games. This result will boost Eric ten Hag‘s side, who face Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend.


Arsenal go top of Group B

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Having lost to Lens last time out in the Champions League, Arsenal moved to the top of their Group with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla.

Gabriel Jesus played an excellent through ball to Gabriel Martinelli who rounded the goalkeeper before finishing into an empty net to give the Gunners the lead. Jesus then got on the scoresheet with a fantastic strike into the top corner.

Sevilla got one back through Nemanja Gudelj‘s header but it was too little too late. Mikel Arteta‘s side took the three points back to North London.


Defeat for Newcastle

After defeating Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in their last Champions League game, Newcastle United could not continue this form as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at St James’ Park.

Felix Nmecha‘s strike from the edge of the box was enough to claim the victory for the German side. The result leaves Newcastle third in Group F with PSG and Dortmund ahead of them.


Perfect start for City

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Manchester City made it three wins from three with a 3-1 victory over BSC Young Boys in Switzerland. A result which puts Pep Guardiola‘s side in good stead ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.

Manuel Akanji bundled the ball in to give City the lead but they were pegged back when Meschack Elia equalised with a sublime chip.

Erling Haaland then scored from the spot before sealing the victory with an excellent finish into the top corner. City’s perfect start means that they top Group G with nine points.


Celtic draw with Atletico Madrid

Celtic earned an impressive 2-2 draw at home against Atletico Madrid. The Hoops remain bottom of Group E but at least now they have a point on the board.

Kyogo Furuhashi gave Brendan Rodgers‘ side an early lead after just four minutes. However, Antoine Griezmann equalised when turning in the rebound after his initial penalty came back off the post.

The home side were then back in front as Luis Palma fired in from a tight angle. The Spanish side came back again and Alvaro Morata earned his side a point with a header from Marcos Llorente‘s cross.

It was a match where tempers were flaring and Atletico ended the game a man down as Rodrigo de Paul was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The Champions League returns on Tuesday, November 7.