💫 Messi magic; Sheriff make history at Bernabéu; Liverpool rout | OneFootball
💫 Messi magic; Sheriff make history at Bernabéu; Liverpool rout
Matchday two of the Champions League kicks off this evening with some mouth-watering ties across the continent.
Follow it all live here.
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City
Scorers: Gueye 7′, Messi 74′
Lionel Messi opened his account for Paris Saint-Germain as the French giants beat Manchester City 2-0.
All three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé started the match here as Parc des Princes licked their lips in anticipation.
But it was Gueye who gave the home side the lead after eight minutes as some bad City defending was punished by the midfielder with a close range finish.
Bernardo Silva really should have levelled things up soon after, but somehow the Portugal international failed to connect from just one yard out.
Pep Guardiola’s side were on top but it was PSG who could have doubled their advantage in the second half but Kyle Walker used his recovery pace well to put off the onrushing Neymar.
But they got their goal late on Messi scored his first for the club after a neat one-two with Mbappé.
Porto v Liverpool
Scorers: Taremi 74′; Salah 19′ 60′, Mané 44′, Firmino 77′ 83′
Liverpool were absolutely rampant at Porto as the entire front three scored in a brilliant 5-1 win.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only one missing here with the right-back picking up an injury in training and was replaced by James Milner.
But it was the usual face of Mohamed Salah who gave the Reds the lead as he tapped in after good work from Curtis Jones.
And right on the stroke of half-time Sadio Mané added a second as he ghosted in at the back post and finished with ease.
Salah was back in the goals after the break as he slid in his second of the game on 60 minutes.
Porto managed to get one back late on as Mehdi Taremi got between the two centre-backs and headed past Alisson.
Liverpool restored their three-goal advantage almost immediately as Roberto Firmino scored after Agustin Marchesin had come way off his line and then the Brazil international added their fifth with an easy finish.
Real Madrid v Sheriff
Scorers: Benzema (PEN) 64′; Yakhshibaev 25′, Thill 90′
Sheriff completed one of the most remarkable upsets in Champions League history as they beat Real Madrid 2-1.
This was Real Madrid’s first ever match against Moldovan opponents but Carlo Ancelotti named a strong XI despite the minnows status.
But it was the visitors who unbelievably got the first goal as Djasur Yakhshibaev headed past Thibaut Courtois on 25 minutes.
It was a deserved lead but Los Blancos pegged them back on 64 minutes as Vinicius Jnr was taken down inside the area and Karim Benzema finished the resulting penalty.
Sheriff weren’t just there to be shot at though, and almost went ahead again on 72 minutes only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
They did get their goal however, right on 90 minutes as Sebasitan Thill netted an astonishing half-volley to send the visitors into raptures.
Milan v Atlético Madrid
Scorers: Leao 19′; Griezmann 85′, Suárez (PEN) 90+6
Atlético Madrid came back from 1-0 down to beat 10-man Milan 2-1 thanks to a last minute penalty from Luis Suárez.
Milan unfurled an enormous tifo before the game which said ‘AC Milan is back’ but it was Atleti who had the early run of things and could have been given a penalty for a suspected handball.
The Rossoneri got over their early nerves however and scored on 20 minutes thanks to Rafael Leao’s nice finish.
Things got difficult the home team on the half hour mark however as Franck Kessie was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Into the second half and after lots of pushing, Atleti got their equaliser on 85 minutes after a clever volley from Griezmann.
And it was total heartbreak for Milan as in stoppage time the Spanish side completed the win from the penalty spot.
Borussia Dortmund v Sporting
Scorers: Malen 40′
Donny Malen scored his first goal for Borussia Dortmund as they beat Sporting 1-0.
Jude Bellingham made history before kick off by becoming the youngest player in Champions League history to start 10 games.
Dortmund struggled to make too many clear-cut chances without Erling Haaland on the pitch but in Donny Malen they had a decent replacement, and it was the Dutchman who gave them the lead close to half-time.
Into the second half and Marco Rose’s team played out a professional win to maintain their 100 per cent record.
RB Leipzig v Club Brugge
Scorers: Nkunku 5′; Vanaken 24′, Rits 41′
Jesse March put himself under more pressure as RB Leipzig lost 2-1 to Club Brugge.
RB Leipzig went into this clash looking to bounce back from their rollercoaster 6-3 defeat to Manchester City in the last round.
And they made the perfect start as Christopher Nkunku netted inside the opening five minutes.
The Belgian side got an equaliser soon after though as Hans Vanaken finished off a nice team move and then they grabbed a second before half time thanks to Mats Rits poking home.
Brugge thought they had added a third in the second half but Noa Lang was adjudged to have been offside after racing through on goal.
Shakhtar v Inter
Despite good chances for both sides in either half, Shakhtar and Inter played out an entertaining draw.
Nicolò Barella went close to opening the scoring for Inter when he rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort in the 15th minute.
With 34 minutes on the clock, Edin Džeko then missed a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock when he could only volley over the bar from close range.
After the break the hosts could have scored inside the opening five minutes but some brilliant defending by Stefan de Vrij saved an almost certain goal.
The Dutchman thought he had given Inter the lead at the other end late on though, only for his bullet header to be saved well.
Ajax v Beşiktaş
Scorers: Berghuis 17′, Haller 43′
Ajax’s sensational start to the Champions League group stage continued as they beat Beşiktaş 2-0 in Amsterdam.
Ajax made a bright start to the game and opened the scoring after 17 minutes, when Steven Berghuis found the bottom corner after a great run by Dušan Tadić.
Tadić then missed a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 39th minute when Sebastian Haller picked him out at the back post, but he could only put the ball wide on the stretch.
And just before half-time, Haller did double Ajax’s lead when he turned Berghuis’s cross in at the near post with his thigh.
The Turkish outfit thought they had scored in the second half only for Kenan Karaman’s goal to be ruled out for a foul in the build-up.