Group A: the PSG armada stalls, City flames
Club Bruges 1 – 1 Paris SG
Manchester City 6 – 3 RB Leipzig
All Europe of football was waiting to see finally aligned together the three tenors of Paris SG, Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and rookie Lionel Messi, who played their first joint match in Bruges.
But despite this strike force, PSG stumbled over Club Brugge, supposed to be the weakest team in Group A.
The Parisians, however, opened the scoring by Ander Herrera, perfectly served by Mbappé (15th), but Hans Vanaken brought the brave Brugeois back to height (27th).
And nothing turned round for Paris, from Messi’s strike on the crossbar (29th) to the exit on injury from Mbappé, grimacing (51st).
In the other match of the group, Manchester City blazed up against RB Leipzig (6-3), while the German club had remained in the match for a time thanks to a hat-trick from Frenchman Christopher Nkunku (42nd, 51st, 73rd).
Now it’s time for the PSG-City shock on September 28, revenge for the semi-final won in the spring by the Citizens …
Group B: Griezmann whistled, Liverpool frenzied
Atlético Madrid 0 – 0 Porto
Liverpool 3 – 2 AC Milan
Antoine Griezmann undoubtedly dreamed of another welcome for his comeback at 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.
Entered into play in the 56th minute, “Grizi” did not settle a very closed meeting, where Porto could have won on a late goal finally canceled for a previous foul.
Crazy match on the other hand at Anfield, where Liverpool and AC Milan surrendered blow for blow, reviving the memory of the crazy night in Istanbul where the Reds had defeated the Rossoneri in the final of the C1 2005 (3-3 AD, 3-2 tab).
Liverpool opened the scoring with a shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected by Fikayo Tomori (9th), the French goalkeeper Milan then stopped a penalty from Mohamed Salah (15th) and the Milanese reversed the score in two minutes by Ante Rebic (42nd) then Brahim Diaz (43rd).
But the Reds, carried by the supporters of the “Kop”, did not let go and Salah (49th) then Jordan Henderson (69th) put Jürgen Klopp’s team in front!
Group C: Haaland scores, Haller four to four
Besiktas 1 – 2 Dortmund
Sporting 1 – 5 Ajax Amsterdam
Irresistible Erling Haaland: the top scorer in the Champions League last year (10 goals) started again on the same basis, scoring in Dortmund’s 2-1 victory in Istanbul at Besiktas, well served by the Englishman Jude Bellingham (45th + 3), who had previously opened the scoring (20th).
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 beginner in the competition: the Franco-Ivorian Sébastien Haller, author of two goals in the first nine minutes (2nd, 9th), before adding two more goals in the second period (51st, 63rd).
The former Auxerrois settles in the passage alone at the top of the classification of the scorers of C1 in front of Robert Lewandowski (2 goals) … Not bad for a novice!
Group D: Camavinga saves Real, astonishing Sheriff
Inter Milan 0 – 1 Real Madrid
Sheriff Tiraspol 2 – 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid have successfully entered their fetish competition thanks to a short success at San Siro on Inter’s lawn, thanks to the decisive entry of Eduardo Camavinga.
Launched by Carlo Ancelotti for the last ten minutes, the French midfielder decanted the meeting with a decisive pass lobbed for Rodrygo (89th).
A great success for Camavinga, already scorer this weekend for his big debut in the white jersey of Real …
In the other meeting of the group, Sheriff Tiraspol, Petit Poucet of the Champions League who represents the capital of a pro-Russian separatist state, Transdniestria, created a surprise by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in the first match of its history in the European queen event.