Julián Álvarez came to the rescue of Manchester City and shone in the Champions League debut

Julián Álvarez came to the rescue of Manchester City and shone in the Champions League debut

The world champion striker Julián Álvarez, with a wonderful job, scored a double this Tuesday for the victory of Manchester City, from England, against Red Star of Belgrade, from Serbia, by 3 to 1at home, at the start of the European Champions League.

The goals of Alvarez (ST 2 and 15m) allowed the defending champion, in the match valid for group G, to reverse the result at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, while the Spanish Rodri (ST 27m) completed the third.

The Ghanaian striker Osman Bukari (PT 45m) opened the scoring for the Serbian team who went into the break with an advantage.

The attacker of the Argentine national team started as a starter, behind the line of the Norwegian scorer Erling Haalandwith great work in attack.

The former River Plate player offered himself as a playmaker and even provided assists for Haaland, who had an erratic night.

The “Spider” was decisive for Manchester City with his conquests. Catalan Josep Guardiola’s team was the protagonist during the first half, when he had a monopoly on the ball, but collided with the security of the Israeli goalkeeper Omri Glazer.

Manchester City he lacked precision in the last touch in the successive attempts to AlvarezEnglish Phil Foden, Rodri and Haaland. Red Star He executed his plan perfectly: he withstood the champion’s attacks and on the counter-attack achieved his only situation.


Bukari He gained speed, went head-to-head against the Brazilian Ederson and finished with class. The play was annulled for alleged offside, but the VAR certified that he started on the same line as Kyle Walker.

The surprise took over the night in Manchester, but it did not last long because at the start of the second half, Julián Alvarez He made a wall with Haaland, looked for the return and with great control resolved the desperate exit of Glazer.

The “Araña” scored for the second time through a free kick. A miscalculation by Glazer, with a botched clearance, made it possible for Manchester City to score 2-1.

Julian Alvarez accumulated his 16th. goal in fifteen games as a starter, every time City played at home. In the Champions League, Álvarez is pure efficiency: he had already scored at the Etihad against Copenhagen and Seville.

Shortly after, Rodri, another high point of Guardiola’s team, closed the dispute to the happiness of the “citizen” fans at the Etihad Stadium.

In the same area, Leipzig, from Germany, defeated Young Boys, from Switzerland, 3 to 1 as a visitor at the Wankdorf stadium in the city of Bern.

A highlight of the day occurred in Rome with Lazio’s agonizing draw against Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid, 1 to 1.

Goalkeeper Ivan Provedel, in the last play and with a header, marked equality for the Italian team. The Spanish Pablo Barrios Rivas put Atleti ahead.

The world champions Nahuel Molina and Ángel Correa They played for the Madrid team. The defender did so as a starter, while the forward entered in the second stage. Meanwhile, midfielder Rodrigo De Paul was not part of the game due to injury.


For its part, Barcelona beat Royal Antwerp 5-0 at the Camp Nou, in the match valid for group H. The Catalan team repeated the score from last weekend, in the Spanish league and against Betis.

Milan did not go beyond a goalless draw with Newcastle today in the match valid for group F. The Italian team, which last Saturday lost by a 5-1 defeat in the classic against Inter in Serie A, could not find ways to break the ironclad English defense at the San Siro in Milan.

This edition of the “Champions” is special because for the first time in the last 20 years it will not have its two greatest historical references: the Argentine Lionel Messi and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.

All statistics

Other results from the first date

  • Group F: PSG 2-Borussia Dortmund 0
  • Group H: Shakhtar Donetsk 1-Porto (Alan Varela) 3
  • Group E: Feyenoord 2-Celtic Glasgow 0.

The first date of the Champions League continues this Wednesday with the following matches:

  • Group A: Galatasaray-Copenhagen (1:45 p.m., ESPN and Star+); Bayern Munich-Manchester United (4:00 p.m., ESPN and Star+).
  • Group B: Arsenal-PSV Eindhoven (4:00 p.m., Fox Sports 3 and Star+) and Sevilla-Lens (4:00 p.m., ESPN 2 and Star+).
  • Group C: Real Madrid-Union Berlin (1:45 p.m., Fox Sports and Star+) Braga-Napoli (4:00 p.m., ESPN 3 and Star+).
  • Group D: Benfica-Salzburg (16.00, Fox Sports 2 and Star+) and Real Sociedad-Inter (16.00, Fox Sports and Star+).

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