A galaxy of world stars took to the field at the Parc des Prince tonight for a mouth-watering clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling all on the field at the same time – certainly putting the ‘championsss’ into Champions League.
Idrissa Gueye gave the French side the dream start when he opened the scoring eight minutes in. City failed to deal with a cross and the former Everton man curled on into the top corner.
City were left scratching their heads not long after when they hit the crossbar twice in as many seconds. Sterling’s header crashed into the white beam and Bernardo Silva matched his efforts with the follow-up. It looked harder to miss…
Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola’s side trailed at the break.
They turned up the heat on PSG in the second-half. Kevin De Bruyne forced a couple of decent saves from Gianluigi Donnarumma, but they couldn’t create the opening they craved.
Neymar had a brilliant chance to double his side’s lead but Kyle Walker use his electric pace to race back and put the Brazilian off.
But it was that man, Lionel Messi, who put PSG two ahead, with his first goal for his new club setting the Parc des Prince alight with some trademark magic.
He picked the ball up down the right and then was given space to run for the first time all night. A few passes were exchanged Kylian Mbappe, who then flicked it away, and Messi curled a sumptuous finish into the roof of the net. Ederson barely moved.
We already can’t wait for the rematch at the Etihad.
Elsewhere, it was a comfortable night’s work for Liverpool, the other English side in action. They travelled to Porto for Matchday 2.
Mo Salah can’t stop scoring at the moment, and tonight was no different – he grabbed a brace meaning he’s scored 30 goals in Europe’s premier club competition, the same as Wayne Rooney, Samuel Eto’o and Kaka. Not bad company.
Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet making it five goals in his last three visits to Porto, as did Roberto Firmino (x2) to give the Reds a 5-1 win.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands Sheriff Tiraspol. Unbelievable Jeff. The result means the Moldovan side sit top of Group D with two wins from two.
Shakhtar Donestk and Inter Milan shared the spoils, while Atletico Madrid needed a late Luis Suarez penalty to topple AC Milan.
Borussia Dortmund only needed as goal to beat Sporting Lisbon, while Ajax beat Besiktas 2-0, and Club Brugge recorded a famous win over RB Leipzig in Germany.
PSG 2-0 Man City
RB Leipzig 1-2 Club Brugge
AC Milan 1-2 Atletico Madrid
Porto 1-5 Liverpool
Ajax 2-0 Besiktas
Dortmund 1-0 Sporting Lisbon
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Inter Milan
Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff Tiraspol