Haaland sinks former club, Potter era starts with sputter

Haaland shapes the club

Erling Haaland faced his former club Borussia Dortmund for the first time on Wednesday. The world-class striker spent two and a half years with the German outfit before heading to Manchester City this summer. Although it took time for the Norway international to make an impact on the night, Haaland eventually scored the game-winning goal.

Erling Haaland strikes to form the club

Jude Bellingham put Dortmund ahead with a fantastic header early in the second half. Manchester City then scored two goals in four minutes to take the win. Defender John Stones fired a rocket into the net for the equalizer, then Haaland finished off his old club. The striker did not celebrate his goal out of respect for Dortmund. He now has 13 goals in just eight games in all competitions this season.

Chelsea fight against Salzburg

The Graham Potter era did not get off to a winning start. Chelsea drew against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge in Potter’s first game in charge. The Blues dominated much of the game, but could not grab more than one goal. Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal just minutes into the second half. With the help of incomplete defense inside the box, Sterling put a good shot into the net.

Salzburg, however, fought back and equalized 27 minutes later. Noah Okafor continued his hot streak by scoring his sixth goal in his last seven games. The Swiss international finished off a lethal counterattack to return a point to Austria. Substitute Armando Broja was unable to capitalize on a great opportunity in added time to give Potter his first win for Chelsea.

Different stories for Serie A clubs

Juventus continued their poor run with a 2-1 loss at home to Benfica. The Old Lady has now only won once in her last seven matches. The Italian giants started well, thanks to an Arkadiusz Milik goal after four minutes. This time he counted. However, the Portuguese club then scored twice to take all three points. Juve have now allowed multiple goals in three consecutive games.

Veteran goalkeeper Alan McGregor saved two penalties (technically only one counts) but was unable to save Rangers from a 3-0 loss to Napoli. Piotr Zielinski failed to convert both shots. The penalty had to be repeated after Matteo Politano invaded the penalty area. Politano ended up taking Napoli’s third penalty of the night and converted it. The Serie A club scored twice more thanks to goals from Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele.

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