Joel Sanderson-Murray·19 September 2023
Joel Sanderson-Murray·19 September 2023
Rejoice, the Champions League is back. You can find out what happened in all the action from the first group stage matchday of 2023/24 here.
Scorers: Provedel 90+5′; Barrios 29′.
Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel scored a 95th-minute equaliser to snatch a sensational point in an unbelievable game in Rome.
Pablo Barrios had given Atlético the lead midway through the first half, curling an effort from 25-yards out which took a huge deflection off Daichi Kamada to wrong-foot Provedel.
It looked as if that was going to be the decider until the hosts provided an unbelievable final twist with the last kick of the game.
Atlético failed to clear a corner with the ball falling to Luis Alberto who curled to the back post where Provedel arrived to nod past a stunned Jan Oblak.
Scorers: Mbappé (PEN) 48′, Hakimi 58′.
Paris Saint-Germain made light work of Borussia Dortmund as they got their campaign off to the perfect start.
Luis Enrique’s side dominated the first half without getting their reward with Vitinha smashing the outside of the post before they had a penalty shout turned down for a suspected handball against Nicklas Süle.
The same player was involved in a penalty incident with the same allegation again at the start of the second half but this time the spot-kick was given with Kylian Mbappé breaking the deadlock from 12 yards out for his 41st Champions League goal.
Achraf Hakimi came back to haunt his former club to put the game beyond doubt in the 58th minute, slotting home from eight yards after playing a silky one-two with Vitinha to finish off a well-crafted team move.
Scorers: Felix 11′, 66′, Lewandowski 19′, Raphinha 22′, Gavi 54′.
The Portuguese forward the hosts the lead with his second goal in as many games, drilling into the bottom corner from just inside the area after being picked out by Ilkay Gundogan.
Robert Lewandowski doubled the score moments later, connecting with a smart volley at the back post after being picked out by Felix’s dinked cross to score his 100th goal in UEFA club competitions.
Raphinha rounded off a stunning opening 22 minutes when his low cross from the left-hand side byline took a huge deflection to confuse the Antwerp goalkeeper before sneaking in at the far post.
The goals didn’t stop there as Gavi added a fourth with his first ever Champions League goal from close range in the second half before Felix completed his brace with 24 minutes to go
Lamine Yamal came off the bench to become the second youngest ever debutant in the competition’s history on a perfect night for Xavi’s men.
Scorers: Álvarez 47′, Glazer (og) 60′, Rodri 72′; Bukari 45′.
Defending champions Manchester City came from behind to eventually ease past Crvena Zvezda at the Etihad.
The hosts had found themselves frustrated by a remarkable goalkeeping performance in the first half from Omri Glazer who produced sterling stops to deny Rodri, Nathan Ake and Phil Foden before Erling Haaland struck the crossbar with a header.
Crvena soaked up all that early pressure and dealt a sucker punch to take a shock lead into the break when Osman Bukari raced on to a through ball before sliding past Edersson to leave the home fans speechless.
But that lead didn’t last long after the break with Julian Álvarez linking up with Haaland before rounding Glazer and slotting in at the near post.
Glazer then went from hero to zero as he inadvertenly punched Álvarez’s free-kick into his own net to give City the lead.
Rodri picked up where he left off in last year’s final, guiding the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the area to round off the three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Scorers: Stengs 45+2′, Jahanbakhsh 76′.
Sent off: Lagerbielke 64′, Holm 68′.
It was a night to forget for Brendan Rodgers as nine-man Celtic fell to defeat in Rotterdam.
Calvin Stengs broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time with a powerful free-kick from 25 yards out which squirmed under the body of Joe Hart on it’s way into the back of the net.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors midway through the second half when Gustaf Lagerbielke was sent off after bringing down Igor Paxiao in the box but Hart was on hand to produce a stunning save from the spot-kick to deny Paxiao.
However there was to be another red card within minutes as substitute Odin Thiago Holm was sent off for an over-the-top challenge.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh rounded off the win for the Dutch champions in the 76th minute with a fierce strike from 12 yards out after a cross had been deflected into his path.
Scorers: Kelsy 13′; Galeno 8′, 15′, Taremi 29′.
Galeno was in unstoppable form as Porto eased to victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Hamburg.
Porto stormed into an early lead inside the opening ten minutes with Galeno reacting quickest to the rebound from Alan Varela’s parried shot to tap in at the near post.
The Ukrainian side had equalised five minutes later when Kevin Kelsy rose highest to head home Yehven Konoplia’s cut-back from the byline but Galeno was on hand to take advantage of a poor back-pass in the Shakhtar defence to slide the ball into the bottom corner.
Mehdi Taremi doubled that advantage jut before the half-hour mark after a smooth first-time finish from close range after being picked out by Galeno.
Newcastle United have goalkeeper Nick Pope to thank after earning a respectable point in their opening clash at the San Siro.
The Magpies were playing in their first Champions League fixture since 2003 and saw their goal peppered but eventually left unharmed by a wasteful Milan side.
Pope made seven saves in the first half alone, the most notable being a finger-top stop from Tommaso Pobega’s long-range effort before he denied Olivier Giroud at his near post.
Rafael Leāo then showed an example of his quality after dancing past four Newcastle defenders but the Portuguese then appeared to hesitate with the goal gaping before falling over and the chance diminishing.
Eddie Howe’s side protected Pope’s goal much better in the second half without threatening the other end and will be happy to have come away from Italy unbeaten.
Leāo spurned the best chance of the second half as well, heading over from eight yards out after Alessandro Florenzi’s cross had picked him out before Sean Longstaff almost nicked the win in the 95th-minute but saw his effort parried away by substitute goalkeeper Marco Sportiello.
Last year’s semi-finalists will be left rueing their multiple missed chances.
Scorers: Elia 33′; Simakan 3′, Schlager 74′, Sesko 90+2′.
RB Leipzig got their campaign off to a winning start after Xaver Schlager’s first goal for the club helped them on their way enough to the win in Bern.
The Bundesliga side made a flying start to the match with Mohamed Simakan heading home David Raum’s near-post corner to move into an early lead.
But the hosts recovered from that early blow and pulled themselves level just after the half-hour mark with Mechak Elia dispatching with aplomb through a fierce right-footed effort from the edge of the box.
Marco Röse’s side took control of the game in the second half but their attempts to regain their lead looked as if they were going to come up short with Young Boys goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi producing two stunning saves to deny Yusuf Poulsen and Lois Openda.
The visitors were then denied a penalty when Racioppi looked to have brought Xavi Simons down in the box but the referee decided against the spot-kick after being referred to the pitchside monitor.
Leipzig’s breakthrough finally came 16 minutes from time with Schlager drilling into the bottom corner from 25-yards out after a well-worked corner before Benjamin Sesko came off the bench to round off the victory in stoppage time.
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