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Real Madrid picked up their third win in three Champions League matches with a 2-1 victory over Braga in Portugal on Tuesday night.

Rodrygo gave the visitors the lead in the 16th minute after good work from his Brazil teammate Vinicius Jr., while Jude Bellingham doubled the lead just after the hour mark, with Vini Jr. racking up his second assist of the evening. Álvaro Djaló halved the deficit for Braga in the 73rd minute but it was not enough to prevent Real Madrid from securing the victory.

Highlights:

16' Rodrygo opens the scoring for Real Madrid after Vini Jr. squares the ball to him in the box.
61' Jude Bellingham doubles Real Madrid's lead with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
73' Álvaro Djaló pulls one back for Braga with a header from a corner kick.

Analysis:

Real Madrid were dominant in the first half and created a number of chances. They took the lead in the 16th minute when Rodrygo finished off a good move involving Vinicius Jr. and Luka Modric.

Real Madrid continued to press in the second half and doubled their lead in the 61st minute through Bellingham, who scored a fine goal from the edge of the box.

Braga pulled one back in the 73rd minute through Djaló, but Real Madrid held on for the victory.

Conclusion:

Real Madrid's victory over Braga was a solid performance. They were in control for most of the game and created a number of chances. They could have won by a more comfortable margin, but they will be happy with the three points.

Post-match quotes:

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid manager):

"I'm happy with the result. We played well and created a lot of chances. We could have won by a more comfortable margin, but we're happy with the three points."

Artur Jorge (Braga manager):

"We played well against a very good team. We had some chances to score, but Real Madrid were more clinical. We're disappointed with the result, but we're still in a good position in the group."

Player of the match:

Vinicius Jr. was named the player of the match for his performance against Braga. He was a constant threat to the Braga defense and created two assists.

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Manchester United secured a dramatic last-minute victory over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with goalkeeper Andre Onana making a heroic penalty save to deny the Danish side an equaliser.

The Red Devils had taken the lead in the 72nd minute through Harry Maguire, but they were under pressure for much of the second half, and it was only thanks to Onana's heroics that they were able to hold on for all three points.

United started the game brightly and created a number of chances, but they were unable to find the breakthrough. Copenhagen grew into the game as the half went on, and they had a number of good chances of their own, but they were also unable to score.

The second half was a much more even affair, with both teams having their chances. United took the lead in the 72nd minute when Maguire headed home from a corner kick. However, Copenhagen were level just three minutes later when Diogo Goncalves scored with a fine header of his own.

United pressed for a winner in the closing stages, but they were unable to find it. Copenhagen had a golden opportunity to equalise in the 90th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a handball by Bruno Fernandes. However, Onana made a superb save to deny Jordan Larsson and secure a vital victory for United.

Analysis

United were fortunate to win this game. They were under pressure for much of the second half, and they only had a few clear chances of their own. However, they were able to take their chances when they came, and they defended well in the closing stages to secure the victory.

Onana was the hero for United on the night. He made a number of good saves throughout the game, but his penalty save in the 90th minute was particularly impressive.

Copenhagen were disappointed not to get something out of the game. They played well and created a number of chances. However, they were unable to take their chances when they came, and they were ultimately undone by Onana's heroics.

Conclusion

United's victory was a vital one. It kept them alive in the Champions League and gave them a much-needed boost in confidence. Copenhagen, on the other hand, will need to improve their finishing if they want to challenge for a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

Post-match quotes

Erik ten Hag (Manchester United manager):

"I am very happy with the result. We were under pressure for much of the game, but we showed great character to come away with the victory. Andre Onana made a world-class save at the end of the game, and he deserves all the credit. I am very proud of the team."

Jacob Neestrup (FC Copenhagen manager):

"I am very disappointed with the result. We played well and created a number of chances, but we were unable to take them. The penalty miss was particularly disappointing, but we cannot blame Jordan Larsson. He is a great player, and he will score many goals for us in the future."

Player of the match

Andre Onana was named the player of the match for his performance against FC Copenhagen. The Cameroonian goalkeeper made a number of good saves throughout the game, but his penalty save in the 90th minute was particularly impressive.

What does the victory mean for Manchester United?

United's victory over FC Copenhagen kept them alive in the Champions League. They are now third in Group G, and they have a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages if they can win their remaining two group games.

What does the defeat mean for FC Copenhagen?

FC Copenhagen's defeat to Manchester United means that they are now bottom of Group G. They will need to win their remaining two group games if they want to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Conclusion

Manchester United's victory over FC Copenhagen was a dramatic one. They were fortunate to win the game, but they were able to take their chances when they came, and they defended well in the closing stages to secure the victory. Andre Onana was the hero for United on the night, and he deserves all the credit for the victory.

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FC Porto thrashed R Antwerp FC 4-1 at the Bosuilstadion on Wednesday night to move top of Group B in the UEFA Champions League.

Evanilson scored twice for Porto, while Mehdi Taremi and Stephen Eustáquio also got on the scoresheet. Michel-Ange Balikwisha scored the consolation goal for Antwerp.

Porto started the game brightly and took the lead in the 10th minute through Evanilson. The Brazilian striker finished off a flowing move involving Otávio and Mehdi Taremi.

Porto doubled their lead in the 25th minute through Taremi. The Iranian striker headed home a corner kick from Eustáquio.

Eustáquio added Porto's third goal in the 50th minute with a well-taken strike from outside the box.

Evanilson completed his brace in the 65th minute after being played through by Taremi.

Antwerp pulled a goal back in the 75th minute through Balikwisha. The Belgian striker finished off a counter-attack after being played through by Yusuf Kaplan.

Porto held on for a comfortable victory in the closing stages.

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FC Barcelona defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night to move top of Group C in the UEFA Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski scored both goals for Barcelona, while Artem Dovbyk scored the consolation goal for Shakhtar Donetsk.

Barcelona started the game brightly and took the lead in the 40th minute through Lewandowski. The Polish striker finished off a flowing move involving Raphinha and Pedri.

Barcelona doubled their lead in the 50th minute through Lewandowski again. The striker headed home a corner kick from Ousmane Dembélé.

Shakhtar Donetsk pulled a goal back in the 75th minute through Dovbyk. The Ukrainian striker finished off a counter-attack after being played through by Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Barcelona held on for a well-deserved victory in the closing stages.

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Manchester City will be looking to take a giant step towards qualification for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League when they travel to face Swiss champions Young Boys at the Wankdorf Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Pep Guardiola's side have won their opening two games of the group stage, and a third victory would put them in a commanding position. Young Boys, on the other hand, have lost both of their opening games, and they need a win if they want to keep their hopes of qualification alive.

City will be confident of their chances of getting a result in Bern. They have a star-studded squad, and they are in excellent form domestically. However, Young Boys are a dangerous team at home, and they will be determined to get their first win of the group stage.

Team news

City are without the injured Aymeric Laporte and Kalvin Phillips, but they have a strong squad to choose from. Guardiola is expected to start with a strong side, with Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, and Phil Foden all likely to start.

Young Boys are without the injured Fabian Lustenberger and Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu. They are also likely to miss out on the services of David von Ballmoos, who is suspended.

What to expect

City are expected to dominate possession and create chances. Young Boys will likely sit back and try to hit City on the counter-attack.

City will need to be patient and break down Young Boys' stubborn defence. They will also need to be careful not to get caught on the break.

Young Boys will need to be disciplined and defend well. They will also need to be clinical in front of goal if they want to get anything from the game.

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Newcastle United produced a stunning performance to thrash Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 at St James' Park in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Magpies were the better team from start to finish and deserved their victory.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 19th minute with a well-taken finish from inside the box.

Newcastle doubled their lead in the 32nd minute through Joelinton, who headed home a cross from Kieran Trippier.

PSG pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute through Kylian Mbappé, but Newcastle restored their two-goal lead in the 72nd minute through Allan Saint-Maximin.

Newcastle sealed the victory in the 88th minute through Miguel Almirón, who scored from the penalty spot after Wilson was fouled in the area.

Highlights

19th minute: Callum Wilson opens the scoring for Newcastle.
32nd minute: Joelinton doubles Newcastle's lead.
62nd minute: Kylian Mbappé pulls a goal back for PSG.
72nd minute: Allan Saint-Maximin restores Newcastle's two-goal lead.
88th minute: Miguel Almirón seals the victory for Newcastle from the penalty spot.

Analysis

Newcastle were the better team from start to finish and deserved their victory. The Magpies were well-organized and disciplined, and they created a number of chances.

PSG were disappointing and were never really in the game. The Parisians were without a number of key players, but that is no excuse for their performance.

Conclusion

Newcastle United produced a stunning performance to thrash Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 at St James' Park in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The Magpies were the better team from start to finish and deserved their victory.

Newcastle's victory is a huge result for the club and for English football. It shows that Newcastle are a team to be reckoned with in the Champions League.

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Arsenal marked their return to the Champions League in style with a convincing 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Gunners were in complete control throughout the match, with Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard all getting on the scoresheet.

Arsenal took the lead in the eighth minute through Saka, who finished off a flowing move involving Trossard and Jesus.

Trossard doubled Arsenal's lead in the 20th minute with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

Jesus added Arsenal's third goal in the 38th minute, heading home from a corner kick.

Odegaard rounded off the scoring in the 70th minute with a long-range strike.

The victory was a perfect start to the Champions League campaign for Arsenal, who will be hoping to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2017.

The impact of the victory

The victory for Arsenal is a vital one. It showed that they are one of the best teams in Group B and they will be hoping to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The defeat for PSV Eindhoven is a setback. However, they are still a good team and they will need to learn from their mistakes if they want to challenge for a European place this season.

The reaction

The game was met with rave reviews from fans and pundits alike. It was a thrilling encounter that showcased the best of both teams.

Many people are now predicting that Arsenal will be one of the contenders to win the Champions League this season. They have a strong team with a lot of experience.

PSV Eindhoven will need to bounce back from this defeat if they want to challenge for a European place this season. They have a lot of talent, but they need to play more consistently.