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The Paris SG of the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trio, held back in Bruges (1-1), missed his debut in the Champions League on Wednesday on the first day of the pools, marked by the quadruple of the debutant Sébastien Haller (Ajax) and the decisive entry of Eduardo Camavinga for Real Madrid.
The debutants had the coast in the Champions League on Wednesday 15 September. The Sheriff Tiraspol, Small Thumb of the C1 won, Camavinga sent an assist for his first with Real Madrid while Haller scored a quadruple with Ajax.
Group A: Manchester City beat Leipzig
The whole of Football Europe was waiting to see finally lined up together the three tenors of Paris SG, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and the recruit Lionel Messi, who played their first joint match in Bruges.
But despite this striking force, PSG came up against Club Brugge, supposed to be the weakest team in group A. The Parisians opened the scoring through Ander Herrera, perfectly served by Mbappé (15e), but Hans Vanaken brought the valiant Brugge to height (27e).
And nothing turned round for Paris, from Messi’s strike on the crossbar (29e) to Mbappé’s injury-time exit, grimacing (51e).
In the other match of the group, Manchester City blazed against RB Leipzig (6-3), while the German club was a time remained in the match thanks to a hat-trick of the Frenchman Christopher Nkunku (42e, 51e, 73e).
Place now for the PSG-City clash on September 28, revenge of the semi-final won in the spring by the Citizens…
Club Brugge 1 – 1 Paris SG
Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig
Group B: Griezmann whistled, a furious match between Liverpool and AC Milan
Antoine Griezmann no doubt dreamed of another welcome for his big return to the Wanda-Metropolitano Stadium: the French striker, on loan from Barcelona to Atlético Madrid in the summer transfer window, was received by a mixture of whistles and applause by the “colchoneros”supporters.
Coming into play in the 56th minute, “Grizi” did not settle a very closed meeting, where Porto could have prevailed on a late goal finally canceled for a preliminary foul.
Crazy match on the other hand at Anfield, where Liverpool and AC Milan went blow for blow, reviving the memory of the crazy night in Istanbul where the Reds had floored the Rossoneri in the final of the C1 2005 (3-3 A. P., 3-2 T. A. B.).
Liverpool opened the scoring on a Trent Alexander-Arnold shot deflected by Fikayo Tomori (9e), the French goalkeeper from Milan then stopped a penalty from Mohamed Salah (15e) and the Milanese overturned the score in two minutes by Ante Rebic (42e) then Brahim Diaz (43e).
But the Reds, carried by the fans of the “Kop”, did not let go and Salah (49th) and then Jordan Henderson (69th) put Jürgen Klopp’s team back in front!
Atlético Madrid 0-0 Porto
Liverpool 3 – 2 AC Milan
Group C: it was Haller’s night
Irresistible Erling Haaland: last year’s top scorer in the Champions League (10 goals) got back on the same footing by scoring in Dortmund’s 2-1 win at Besiktas in Istanbul, well served by England’s Jude Bellingham (45+3), who had earlier opened the scoring (20).
Tied on points at the top of Group C, we find Ajax who crushed Sporting Portugal at home in Lisbon, thanks to the quadruple of a debutant in the competition: the Franco-Ivorian Sebastien Haller, author of two goals in the first nine minutes (2e, 9e), before adding two more goals in the second half (51e, 63e).
The former Auxerrois settles alone at the top of the C1 scorers ranking ahead of Robert Lewandowski (2 goals)… Not bad for a novice !
Besiktas 1 – 2 Dortmund
Sporting 1-5 Ajax Amsterdam
Group D: Camavinga saves Real, successful debut for Sheriff Tiraspol
Real Madrid has succeeded in its entry into its fetish competition thanks to a short success at the San Siro on the turf of Inter, thanks to the decisive entry of Eduardo Camavinga.
Started by Carlo Ancelotti for the last ten minutes, the French midfielder decanted the encounter with a lobbed assist for Rodrygo (89e).
A hell of a success for Camavinga, already scorer this weekend for his big debut in the white jersey of Real…
In the other group meeting, Sheriff Tiraspol, Champions League champions representing the capital of a pro-Russian separatist state, Transdniestria, surprised by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in the first game of its history in the European crown event.
Inter Milan 0 – 1 Real Madrid
Sheriff Tiraspol 2 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk