Harry Kane was among the scorers on Wednesday as Bayern Munich beat Manchester United 4-3 in their heavyweight UEFA Champions League clash, while Jude Bellingham snatched a dramatic late winner for Real Madrid and Arsenal began their campaign with a big victory.
The meeting between German champions Bayern and a struggling United side, a repeat of the 1998-1999 final, was the biggest game of the opening round of matches in this season’s competition and it did not disappoint.
Leroy Sane gave Bayern the lead at the Allianz Arena with a shot that squirmed through the grasp of United goalkeeper Andre Onana, before Jamal Musiala set up Serge Gnabry to make it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.
Rasmus Hojlund pulled one back early in the second half with his first United goal, but shortly after Christian Eriksen was penalized for a handball in the penalty area and Kane blasted in the resulting penalty.
Sane hit the post for the hosts before a crazy finish saw Casemiro reduce the deficit again, substitute Mathys Tel score Bayern’s fourth and Casemiro nod in another at the death to make it 4-3.
“A crazy finish,” Kane told British broadcaster TNT Sports after netting his fifth goal in six games for his new club. “We lost a bit of concentration there in the last five minutes. Thankfully, we were able to hold onto the lead. Overall it’s a really good start to the campaign against a tough side.”
Erik ten Hag’s United team have now suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions and have lost four of their past five matches.
“After my mistake we lost control of the game. It’s a difficult situation for us, for me,” said Onana in reference to Bayern’s first goal.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are already in control of Group A, in which the other game saw Galatasaray come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Copenhagen.
Goals from Mohamed Elyounoussi and Diogo Goncalves had the visitors in control in Istanbul, but they then had Elias Jelert sent off and Galatasaray struck twice in the final four minutes through Sacha Boey and Tete to earn a point.
In Madrid, Bellingham popped up from close range to score a 94th-minute winner as record 14-time European champions Real beat tournament debutants Union Berlin 1-0 in Group C.
The England international has started his Madrid career in stunning goalscoring form with six goals in six games for the club across all competitions.
“He has great qualities, it seems he’s got luck, too, because the goal is a rebound, but he was there, he arrives from deep and he’s more switched on than others, he’s got that quality and he’s taking advantage of it,” Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Madrid’s next game is away to SSC Napoli, who won 2-1 against Braga in Portugal with Sikou Niakate’s late own-goal giving the Italian team victory.
Giovanni di Lorenzo had put Napoli ahead, but Bruma looked to have earned Braga a draw when he struck with six minutes left.
Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in their first Champions League game since the 2016-2017 season.
Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus all scored first-half goals in the rain in London before Martin Odegaard wrapped up the win after halftime.
“It was a beautiful night after such a long time. It was great to see the atmosphere, the Champions League music. It was emotional before the game,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said.
Their Group B rivals Sevilla and RC Lens drew 1-1 in Spain, with Angelo Fulgini’s free-kick earning the French side a draw after Lucas Ocampos headed the hosts in front.
Last season’s beaten finalists Inter needed an 87th-minute Lautaro Martinez equalizer as they came from behind to draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad in Group D.
Brais Mendez had given the hosts an early lead in San Sebastian.
In the same group, RB Salzburg missed one penalty, but scored another in a 2-0 win at SL Benfica.
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