Group A: Messi finishes Manchester City
Paris Saint-Germain took an early lead against Manchester City when Idrissa Gaye hit a cross at Aqaba. Then there was the lead role of Kevin De Bruyne. First he put a ball on Gabriel Jesus’ head, but the Brazilian hit the crossbar and on the rebound Bernardo Silva kicked the crossbar again from a few meters away. But then the Belgian also left a negative impression with a late intervention for which he could have received a red card.
City remained dominant and had better chances at Parc des Princes, but ended the match twenty minutes before the end of the match with Lionel Messi’s first goal for his new club. The Argentine cooperated well with Kylian Mbappe and hit the ball superbly against the ropes. This puts PSG at the top of Group A with Club Brugge.
Group B: Carrasco wins duel with Saelemaekers
The strong Liverpool played with Porto from pole to pole in their own stadium. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the rebound in the middle of the first half, and Sadio Mane crossed a cross from James Milner before the end of the first half. After the break, Sergio Conceicao’s team was shelved a bit without pity. Salah scored his second goal after a strong blow and Roberto Firmino completed the team with four and five goals in the final stage. For Porto, Mehdi Tarmi was able to provide credit between them.
In the match between the Red Devils, Yannick Carrasco (Atlético) and Alexis Saelemakers (AC Milan), the Italians took the lead after 20 minutes with a goal from Rafael Leao, but they were also 10th moments later when Frank Kessie got his second yellow card. The Italians seemed to hold out for a long time, but they had to lose in the absolute final stage. Antoine Griezmann scored the equalizer five minutes from time and in the 97th minute (!) Luis Suarez scored a point for Atletico in seventh place. Carrasco was replaced halfway, and the Saelemaekers were allowed to leave ten minutes before the end.
Group C: The Dutchman makes the Belgians celebrate
Erling Haaland missed Borussia Dortmund through injury, giving Thorgan Hazard a starting place alongside Thomas Meunier and Axel Witsel. But with Doniel Malin, it was the Dutchman who scored the only goal against Sporting.
In the other group match, Red Devil Michy Batshuayi lost to Ajax 2-0 with Besiktas. The Belgian striker hit the post ten minutes later and then had to watch Stephen Burgess and Sebastian Haller put the final score on the board just before halftime. Both Ajax and Dortmund count six out of six after two days of matches, Sporting and Besiktas have no points left.
Group D: Real Madrid blames themselves on Sharif
Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are back at Real Madrid together, but that didn’t bring any luck against Sherif Tiraspol. After 25 minutes, the Moldovan guests took the lead at the Bernabeu when Yakhchypoev managed to put Cristiano’s cross past a desperate Courtois. In fact, it was another Belgian who turned the tide. Video Assistant Referee Lawrence Visser called in for observation on his Champions League debut after Addo’s foul on Vinicius pointed to the point. Not Hazard but Karim Benzema hit the penalty kick 1-1.
Despite the royal pressure, the goal actually fell on the other side. The pale Hazard, long since replaced, saw off the bench how Sebastian Thiel Courtois didn’t stand a chance with a superb long shot straight into the box. In Spain, comments will not be nice. In the other match in Group D, Shktar Donetsk and Inter failed to score. As a result, they share the last place in the group. Real Madrid is in second place with three points and in the lead… Sherif Moldova is six out of six.
Ajax – Besiktas 2-0
Shakhtar – Inter 0-0
Paris Saint-Germain vs Manchester City 2-0
Real Madrid – Sherif Tiraspol 1-2
Porto – Liverpool 1-5
AC Milan – Atletico Madrid 1-2
Dortmund vs Sporting 1-0