‘Man U and Arsenal both lost!’
The English Premier League (EPL) teams, ranked first in the European league rankings, lost face in the ‘War of Stars’ European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League group stage. Manchester United and Arsenal, traditional powerhouses of the EPL, suffered bitter defeat on the 4th (Korean time).
Manchester United lost to Turkye’s Galatasaray in the second leg of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League group stage (Group A) held at home. Rasmus Hoilun scored two points, including the first goal, but lost 2-3. The start was good. Hoirun scored the first goal in the 17th minute of the first half with help from Marcus Rashford. However, six minutes later he gave up an equalizer to Wilfried Zaha to end the first half 1-1. In a tense game, Hoi-lun stepped forward again to solve the problem. He made the home fans go wild by scoring a goal in the 22nd minute of the second half. However, four minutes later, they allowed Kerem Aktyrkoglu to equalize again, and in the 36th minute of the second half, Mauro Icardi scored the winning goal and sank. In the 32nd minute of the second half, midfielder Casemiro was sent off due to accumulating warnings, shaking the team’s core and resulting in a come-from-behind defeat.
As a result, Manchester United fell into a swamp of two consecutive losses in the early part of the group stage. After losing 3-4 to Bayern Munich (Germany) in the first away game, they lost to Galatasaray at home and fell to the bottom of Group A. In another match in Group A, Bayern Munich beat Copenhagen (Denmark) 2-1 away and took the lead with two consecutive wins.
Arsenal, in Group B, lost 1-2 in the second away match against France’s토토사이트 Lens. As expected, they scored the first goal and took the lead, but were unable to maintain the lead and ended up losing. They gained momentum by scoring first in the 14th minute of the first half. Gabriel Jesus scored the first goal after receiving a pass from Bukayo Saka. However, in the 25th minute of the first half, Adrien Tomasson conceded a goal and tied the score. The first half ended 1-1. We got a comeback goal midway through the second half. They lost the lead after conceding a goal to their opponent, 2003-born striker Sepe Elier Wahi. They put in an all-out effort with Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson, Ben White, and Eddie Nketiah, but were unable to tie the score.
It was their first loss in the Champions League this season. They slipped to second place in Group B with 1 win, 1 loss and 3 points in the group stage. Lens, who defeated Arsenal, jumped to the top of Group B with 1 win, 1 loss and 4 points. In another Group B match held on the same day, PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Sevilla (Spain) drew 2-2.