UCL: Chelsea Held By Salzburg At Stamford Bridge As Haaland Goal Scoring Streak Continues Against Former Club - Matrix Live Ng
UCL: Chelsea Held By Salzburg At Stamford Bridge As Haaland Goal Scoring Streak Continues Against Former Club
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UCL: Chelsea Held By Salzburg At Stamford Bridge As Haaland Goal Scoring Streak Continues Against Former Club

New manager Graham Potter got his Chelsea tenure off to a nervy start as Raheem Sterling’s opener was cancelled out by Noah Okafor to hold the Blues to a 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

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The result will do little to ease pressure on Chelsea’s Champions League Group E campaign, as they remain rooted to the foot of the four-team standings after two games played with a severely dented chance of progressing to the competition’s knockout phases.

Chelsea opened their European crusade with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb last week, prompting the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, as he paid the ultimate price for failing to share the new ownership’s long-term vision for Chelsea’s future.

Potter, enjoying his first taste of top-level European club competition, admitted to having never before attended a Champions League match during his official unveiling on Tuesday, let alone occupying a top seat in the dugout during one.

Sterling claimed the first goal of the Potter era to put Chelsea ahead in the 48th minute, collecting Mason Mount’s low cross from the right which was poorly defended by Salzburg.

But Salzburg equalised with 15 minutes remaining through top scorer Okafor after Thiago Silva was guilty of diving into a tackle, allowing substitute Junior Adamu to deliver a dangerous low cross. Okafor then applied a first-time finish with the aid of a slight deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta.

At The Etihad Stadium, Erling Haaland’s outrageous finish against his old club completed a dramatic turnaround as Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side had looked to be heading for Champions League defeat when Jude Bellingham headed Dortmund in front early in the second half but John Stones levelled it late on from distance before Haaland had the final say with his cushioned volley.

Meanwhile, Celtic picked up their first Champions League point but were once again left to rue missed opportunities as they drew 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk.

They made a blistering start in Warsaw and took an early lead when Artem Bondarenko turned Reo Hatate’s ball into his own net.

Ange Postecoglou’s side continued to dominate, but a quick counterattack saw Mykhailo Mudryk pull Shakhtar level.

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