Dhe star ensemble from Paris Saint-Germain missed a victory at the start of the Champions League season. Although the offensive artists Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and new signing Lionel Messi were in the starting line-up, France’s top team did not get past 1: 1 (1: 1) at Club Bruges on Wednesday evening.
In shape, Ander Herrera gave Paris the lead after fifteen minutes, but the Belgian underdog did not hide. Captain Hans Vanaken equalized (27.). Even before the break, Bruges missed further opportunities, so that PSG were even well served with the point. At the top of Group A is Manchester City after the 6: 3 (3: 1) against RB Leipzig.
Liverpool are catching up
Another Premier League representative was successful with Liverpool FC. The reds of trainer Jürgen Klopp fought their way to a 3-2 (1-2) victory in the new editions of the Champions League finals of 2005 and 2007 against AC Milan. The home side made it unnecessarily exciting because they were overwhelmingly superior for long stretches. A one-two punch just before the break had briefly brought Liverpool into distress. The winning goal was scored by captain Jordan Henderson (69th). The group opponents Atlético Madrid and FC Porto played 0-0. For the Portuguese, Chancel Mbemba flew off the field with red after an emergency brake in stoppage time.
Four goals in Haller’s debut
In Lisbon, the former Frankfurt Sebastien Haller put his stamp on the game. With four goals on his debut in Europe’s highest club competition, the striker made a big contribution to Ajax Amsterdam winning 5-1 (3-1) at Sporting. This means that the Dutch lead Group C ahead of Borussia Dortmund. BVB had previously defeated Besiktas Istanbul 2-1 (2-0) away from home.
Moldova’s champions ahead of Real Madrid
The Champions League newcomer Sheriff Tiraspol also had a successful premiere. The Moldovan champions prevailed in Group D 2-0 (1-0) against Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine. In front of 6500 spectators, Donetsk had significantly more possession and dominated the game led by Deniz Aytekin’s German referee team.
However, Shakhtar Tiraspol invited to isolated counterattacks in the first round. And Adama Traoré used one of them on a pass from Cristiano. It was the first goal of a Moldovan team in the premier class. After the break, the strong Cristiano also prepared the goal for Yansané’s final score. Because Real Madrid only won 1-0 (0-0) in the test of strength between two heavyweights at Inter Milan, Tiraspol is now even at the top of Group D.