Several clubs finally tallied their first win while three clubs are still spotless with the third matchday of the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League Group Qualifiers that happened last October 22nd to October 23rd.
Toni Kroos’ goal in the 18th minute was a catalyst in Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Turkish club Galatasaray to clinch their first three points in the Champions League season and currently had four points in their name, just behind Paris Saint-Germain’s nine points in Group A table.
“We defended very well and attacked really well. We needed to produce a great performance and we’ve done just that,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane via ESPN as they played without Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale for this game and Galatasaray missed the services of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao.
The reigning French Ligue 1 champions added another full point in a 5-0 win over Club Brugge with Mauro Icardi scored in the 7th and 63rd minute for a brace while Kylian Mbappe found the back of the net in the 61st, 79th and 83rd minute for hat-trick and became the youngest player in UEFA Champions League history to score 15 goals at the age of 20 years old, erasing the record of Lionel Messi, who scored his 15th goal during the first leg of the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich at the age of 21 in April 2009.
‘’I wanted to start. I thought I would start. The coach chose otherwise, which I had to accept. I wanted to show it is difficult to do without me,” Mbappe said via ESPN.
“When I was not there, the others did well. Football is a passion and to go without playing for two months was painful. I want to play every match and score goals.’’
Bayern Munich maintained their clean sheet in a 3-2 win over Olympiacos with Robert Lewandowski recorded goals in 34th and 62nd minute and Corentin Tolliso contributed in the 75th minute for nine points and continued to lead the Group B table.
Tottenham also tallied their first win of the Champions League season with a 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade to get the second spot in Group B with four points. Harry Kane and Son Heung Min recorded a brace with the former recorded in 9th and 72nd minute while the latter in 16th and 44th minute. Erik Lamela added a goal in the 57th minute.
Manchester City also remained undefeated in the Champion League via 5-1 victory over Atalanta for another three points and maintained their leadership in Group C while Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb battled into a 2-2 draw to earn themselves a point each.
Juventus and Atletico Madrid shared the leadership at Group D after earning victories in their assignments with the former defeated Lokomotiv Moscow, 2-1, thanks to Paulo Dybala goals in 77th and 79th minute for a brace while the latter beat Bayer Leverkusen, 1-0, thanks to the lone goal of Alvaro Morata in the 78th minute.
Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg, 3-2, thanks to Dries Martens goals in 17th and 64th minute to grab the leadership at Group E table while defending champion Liverpool chalked up their second full point in a 4-1 win over Genk to take the second spot in Group E.
FC Barcelona still leads the Group F table with seven points after they defeated Slavia Prague, 2-1 while Inter Milan won over Borussia Dortmund, thanks to a 2-0 shutout.
RB Leipzig beat Zenit St. Petersburg, 2-1 to hold the lead in Group G table. Benfica sinks Lyon, 2-1 to get their first full point in the Champions League Group Stages.
Michy Batshuayi goal in the 86th minute lifted Chelsea over Ajax, 1-0 to share the Group H leadership with their victims while Lille and Valencia shared a point after a 1-1 draw.