10 notable matches from Tuesday: the start of the Champions League and the duel of “hot” goalkeepers
Mikhail Georgiev September 18, 2023, 21:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Schedule for September 19: start of the Champions League, the Russian Cup, as well as hockey and tennis.
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The program in summary:
🏒 12:00: “Amur” – “Kunlun Red Star”, KHL championship 🎾 14:00*: Anna Kalinskaya (Russia) – Zhu Lin (China, 2), Guangzhou, first round ⚽️ 15:00: “Krasnodar” – “Dynamo”, Russian Cup, group D ⚽️ 17:15: “Baltika” – “Wings of the Soviets”, Russian Cup, group C ⚽️ 17:15: “Pari NN” – “Spartak”, Russian Cup, group D ⚽️ 19:45: Milan – Newcastle United, Champions League, 1st round ⚽️ 22:00: PSG – Dortmund, Champions League, 1st round ⚽️ 22:00: Lazio – Atlético de Madrid “, League of Champions, 1st round ⚽️ 22:00: Barcelona – Antwerp, Champions League, 1st round ⚽️ 22:00: Manchester City – Red Star, Champions League, 1st round
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🏒 12:00: “Amur” – “Kunlun Red Star”, KHL championship
Intrigue: which of the “hot” goalkeepers will bring victory to the team?
A few years ago we would have called it the “Far East Derby”, but the Chinese club has been living in Mytishchi for several years and even changed its conference because of it. At first, Kunlun achieved several impressive victories thanks to its goalkeepers, but in the last games the opposing forwards found the key in Jeremy Smith and Matt Jurasik, who until then had stopped 40 shots per game. Last week in Amur, Dmitry Lozebnikov played his first matches as a starting goalkeeper and the goalkeeper won the league’s best goalkeeper of the week award. Whose kung fu will the goalkeeper be tomorrow in Khabarovsk?
“Amur” – “Red Star Kunlun”
🎾 14:00*: Anna Kalinskaya (Russia) – Zhu Lin (China, 2), Guangzhou, first round
*The match schedule may change and will be confirmed.
Intrigue: Will Kalinskaya be able to cope with the second classification?
Anna Kalinskaya, 24, started the Asian tournament series well, reaching the quarterfinals in Osaka, where she only lost to future champion Ashlyn Kruger. Now, at the start of the tournament in Guangzhou, the Russian will have to measure her strength against the Chinese Zhu Lin, who reached the final in Osaka itself. Lin is five years older than Anna and was seeded number two in the local tournament. The tennis players had never faced each other before. Will Kalinskaya be able to overcome the exit barrier?
Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images
⚽️ 15:00: Krasnodar – Dynamo, Russian Cup, Group D
Intrigue: Will Krasnodar take revenge for the disappointing first match defeat?
In the first match of the teams within the framework of the Fonbet Russian Cup, a real spectacle took place. Dinamo achieved victory in added time of the second half. Former blue and white player Arsen Zakharyan has already distinguished himself. So many things have already changed! Now, the return match in Krasnodar. It is unlikely that the bulls want to lose for the second time in a row. Furthermore, the situation of the tournament forces us to win. A great game awaits us!
“Krasnodar” – “Dynamo”
Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, “Championship”
⚽️ 17:15: Baltika – Wings of the Soviets, Russian Cup, Group C
Intrigue: Will Baltika continue its winning streak? Or will “Wings” lose for the fourth time in a row?
Baltika is an amazing team. In the RPL, Kaliningraders is at the bottom of the table and in the Cup, at the head. Three wins in three games. In a group with Zenit, Krylia and Akhmat. How is that? You will be able to find out if magic really helps Baltika in the Cup based on the results of the encounter with Krylia. For the Samara team it is the other way around: a place in the top five in the RPL, but three defeats in the Cup. Osinkin urgently needs to correct the situation in order to reach the playoffs. The most curious thing is which will prevail: Baltika’s luck or Wings’ way of playing?
“Baltika” – “Wings of the Soviets”
⚽️ 17:15: Pari NN – Spartak, Russian Cup, Group D
Intrigue: will the crazy result of the first head-to-head confrontation be repeated?
The first match between Spartak and Paris NN in the Cup is a spectacle. The teams finished the game with a score of 5:4, while the match went through two comebacks. At first Paris NN defended 1:3 and the score was 4:3. And then Spartak scored two unanswered goals. Will the match in Nizhny Novgorod generate similar emotions? There are prerequisites for this. “Spartak” is a fun and unpredictable team, they can do anything. And Pari NN is a formidable force at home. Then the match won’t be boring.
“Paris NN” – “Spartak”
Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”
⚽️ 19:45: Milan – Newcastle United, Champions League, 1st round
Intrigue: Newcastle’s return to the Champions League after 20 years!
We were waiting for Newcastle in the Champions League after the Saudi owners came to the club. But not so fast! After the first full season with the Sheikhs, the Magpies flew to the Champions League. And he ended up in the “group of death” with PSG, Borussia and Milan. Newcastle starts in Italy. Milan is a semi-finalist in the last Champions League. In the current Serie A season, the team is showing great football (except for the match against Inter). Newcastle immediately face a serious test. But to get out of the group it is necessary to win those matches. However, Milan are slight favorites in the game. Can Eddie Howe’s side pick up three points in their first Champions League game in 20 years?
Milan – Newcastle United
Photo: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images
⚽️ 22:00: PSG – Borussia D, Champions League, 1st round
Intrigue: PSG will start in the Champions League without Messi and Neymar. Is Ibappé ready to take the Parisians?
PSG dreams every year of winning the Champions League. In recent years, the team has failed to do this with superstars Neymar and Leo Messi. Now both are no longer in Paris. But Kylian Mbappé stayed. Now the Frenchman is the undisputed number one. And it is he who will lead PSG to the trophy. The French champion begins with a home match against Borussia Dortmund. It is not the easiest opponent, but PSG does not have any passable team in the group (Milan, Newcastle). For Parisians it is important to start with a victory. And Borussia wants to score points with the group favorite. Wow, expect a great match!
PSG – Borussia D
Photo: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images
⚽️ 22:00: Lazio – Atlético de Madrid, Champions League, matchday 1
Intrigue: Simeone’s meeting with one of the main clubs of his playing career
The Lazio-Atlético signing is a tribute to Madrid coach Diego Simeone. These two clubs are the main ones in his playing career. And with the “colchoneros”, the Argentine achieved incredible success as a coach. Simeone will surely be delighted to return to the Stadio Olimpico and play against his former club. But Lazio will definitely not give the victory to the guests like this. Maurizio Sarri doesn’t mind taking the Romans to the playoffs. And it would be great if the club started the group stage with a victory.
Lazio – Atlético de Madrid
Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
⚽️ 22:00: Barcelona – Antwerp, Champions League, matchday 1
Intrigue: Barça will take the test away from the Belgian champion, participating in the Champions League for the first time
Barcelona hosts Antwerp at home on the first day of the group stage. The Belgian champion will play in the Champions League for the first time. Yes, I have experience in the European Cup in the 1958/1959 season. But it was a completely different time. Antwerp fans are looking forward to the match! Playing against the legendary Barça is a dream for many teams. And now their club gives them the opportunity to see it live. And Antwerp can compete for the playoffs. In addition to Barcelona, the group includes Porto and Shakhtar, who are not the most intimidating rivals. What if the Belgians perform a miracle already in the 1st round?
Barcelona – Antwerp
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⚽️ 22:00: Manchester City – Red Star, Champions League, 1st round
Intrigue: Will Haaland destroy City’s next rival?
The reigning Champions League champions finished in a relatively easy group with RB Leipzig, Red Star and Young Boys. City should easily reach the round of 16. The first match will be at home against Zvezda. The main question is: how many goals will City score, and specifically Erling Haaland? Can the Serbs minimize dangerous moments near their goal? Or will City go crazy? If you want to see goals, this match is for you.
Manchester City – Red Star
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