Champions League scores: Haaland’s Manchester City and Messi’s PSG rally; Potter’s Chelsea draw, Juventus lose

The UEFA Champions League’s Matchday 2 is over after nine games on Wednesday. A slow start to the day saw the matches finish with plenty of attacking quality as 23 goals were scored on the day. Both Manchester City and PSG had to come from behind to win, while the Graham Potter era at Chelsea kicked off with a poor draw at home against Red Bull Salzburg. Also, Real Madrid, Napoli and AC Milan all won, while Juventus were upset at home by a brilliant Benfica.

Here are the final scores of the day and what to know:

Champions League scores

(All times US/Eastern)

  • AC Milan 3, Dinamo Zagreb 1
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 1, Celtic 1
  • Chelsea 1, Red Bull Salzburg 1
  • FC Copenhagen 0, Sevilla 0
  • Benfica 2, Juventus 1
  • Paris Saint-Germain 3, Maccabi Haifa 1
  • Manchester City 2, Borussia Dortmund 1
  • Napoli 3, Rangers 0
  • Real Madrid 2, RB Leipzig 1

Haaland proves once again he’s from another planet

Erling Haaland is on pace to score 99 goals this season as he continued his incredible form, grabbing the winner against his former club. It was a goal that will probably go down as one of his most iconic when it is all said and done.

After trailing 1-0 thanks to a goal by Jude Bellingham, City rallied and scored twice in the final 10 minutes to win. First, it was John Stones’ rocket from outside the box, and then it was Haaland who was on the end of a naughty cross from Joao Cancelo. Haaland lifted his leg above his head while diving in the air and somehow put this ball away. Take a look:

That’s just out of this world. We are talking Odell Beckham’s catch against the Dallas Cowboys level of iconic, or Kahwi Leonard’s game-winner in the playoffs for the Toronto Raptors against the Philadelphia 76ers. It was an incredible, unreplicable feat by a guy who may end up being the most talented forward in the world.

It’s just jaw-dropping levels of athleticism oozing with class.

Maccabi put up a fight vs. PSG

Don’t let the score fool you, because PSG had to battle against Maccabi Haifa. It was no cakewalk despite what many expected it to be as American goalkeeper Josh Cohen held his own, denying Lionel Messi in the box in one instance and stifling Neymar on what could have been a penalty. Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scored late in the game for what was an inflated score, after Messi scored the equalizer, meaning the trio found the net in the same UCL game for the first time.

In the end, the technical ability and speed was just too much, but the hosts showed some real fight, proving they won’t be an easy three points for anyone after taking the lead 24 minutes in.

Hot seat for Allegri at Juventus?

It’s going from bad to worse for Max Allegri. The Old Lady continues to struggle, and they now find themselves with two losses after two games in the group stage. Benfica rallied after conceding in the fourth minute to secure three vital points. Juve had just three shots on goal while Benfica managed seven with David Neres scoring the winner on a rebound in the second half.

In the CBS Sports Champions League studio, Arsenal legend and former Juventus player Thierry Henry said it wasn’t too soon to talk about Allegri’s job status.

“There is definitely a problem at Juve, and they are in crisis,” Henry said.

The good news for Juve is that they have two winnable games against Maccabi Haifa on the next two matchdays, and that can get them back into contention. But if they don’t get six points from those matches, don’t be shocked if they have a new manager by Matchday 5.

Potter era starts off with a poor result

Potter’s debut with Chelsea did not go as planned. Raheem Sterling scored for the Blues, but a finish by Noah Okafor 15 minutes from time gave the Austrian side a fantastic 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea did have 73% possession and 17 shots, but they put just four of those on frame. While they put 23% of their shots on goal, Salzburg put 75% of theirs (three out of four) and were quite dangerous in their limited chances.

It’s going to take time for Potter to get things going as he would like, and the Blues did have some moments, but that was a match where a bit more sharpness would have resulted in three points.

Star-struck moment of the day

Get a load of this. Right before the PSG match, the kids who line up with the players freaked out at the sight of Messi as the Argentine was swarmed and at the end of some really strong hugs.