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Champions League 2022/23: Manchester City, Real Madrid and PSG continue winning run; Benfica stun Juventus

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It turned out to be an exciting night of Champions League football once again with Manchester City and Real Madrid registering wins against Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig respectively whereas Chelsea were held to a draw by RB Salzburg. Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli also won pretty easily against Maccabi Haifa and Rangers respectively, whereas Benfica managed to pull off an upset against Juventus.

Manchester City come from behind to win against Dortmund

The Citizens pulled off a stunning win in front of the home crowd on Wednesday night after being behind in the match for 80 mins. Dortmund seemed all set to win when Jude Bellingham opened the scoring in the 56th minute and they managed to maintain the lead until the 80th minute.

But City never gave up and things changed in the closing minutes of the match when John Stones equalized with a screamer from outside the edge of the box. He smashed it to the near post and the keeper didn’t even try. The next goal was even better as Erling Haaland made an acrobatic finish at the far post off a pin-point cross from Joao Cancelo. Five minutes were also added as injury time after the official 90 minutes but Dortmund couldn’t find the net again.

Benfica stun Juventus

Juventus got off to a dream start in this match as Arkadiusz Milik found the net just in the fourth minute of the game. They dominated for the major portion of the first half until Fabio Miretti’s mistake allowed Benfica a penalty. Joao Mario stepped up to take it and he didn’t make any mistake as he finished the job comfortably to draw them level.

The two teams went to half-time at 1-1 but Benfica took the lead soon within the first 10 minutes of the second half when David Neres pulled off a comfortable finish after Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin fumbled to collect the ball. Benfica shut gates at their backline once they got the lead and never allowed the Juventus players to get past them. They won the match 2-1 ultimately.

Real Madrid continue winning streak

RB Leipzig were rather expected to give stiff competition to Real Madrid in this match. They did fight on and held them to 0-0 until the 80th minute. But everything changed after that, which allowed the Los Blancos to carry their winning run forward.

As has been their pattern this season, Real Madrid scored both of their goals late in the second half, with the first goal coming in the 80th minute and the second one in the injury time. It was Federico Valverde who broke the deadlock with a beautiful curling finish towards the bottom left-corner of the goal post. The second goal from Marco Asensio was a stunning one as he drilled a cross from Toni Kroos straight into the back of the net.

Besides these matches, PSG and Napoli had pretty easy outings as they won 3-1 and 3-0 against Maccabi Haifa and Rangers respectively. However, Chelsea and Sevilla couldn’t get the desired results as they were held to 1-1 and 0-0 draws by Salzburg and Copenhagen respectively.