Manchester United scored an important victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the French capital on Tuesday, 2-1, in the first round of the group stage in the Champions League. The Catalan giants Barcelona and Italian Juventus began their career in the tournament with success by defeating Hungarian Ferencvaroos and Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine, respectively, before their upcoming confrontation in the next round, which may witness a renewed clash between Messi, the star of Blaugrana, and Ronaldo, the star of the old lady.
Manchester United of England managed to beat its French host Paris Saint-Germain with two goals to a goal in the match that brought them together at the Parc de Prince stadium in the capital, Paris, within the opening round of the group stage Champions League.
The Red Devils were the ones who started scoring through captain Bruno Fernandez from a penalty kick that sparked some controversy because the referee returned it after the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper confronted it, and that was in the 23rd minute of the match.
The Parisians responded with friendly fire, with striker Anthony Martial headed by a foul in his team’s goal as he tried to block a corner kick in the 55th minute.
Despite the two teams’ repeated attempts to snatch the winning goal, they were unable to change the outcome of the match, with the brilliance of Costa Rican goalkeepers Keylor Navas in the Parisian goal and David de Gea in the English goal.
While the match seemed to be on its way to a draw, Marcus Rashford snatched the winning goal in the 87th minute for Manchester United.
With this result, St. Germain finished third and United came in second in Group H, behind Germany’s RB Leipzig, with an easy 2-0 victory at home against Turkish side Basaksehir, the newcomer to the competition who bottomed out the group.
The two goals of the German team were scored by Spanish defender Angelinho in the 16th and 20th minutes.
The victory of Barcelona and Juventus before their upcoming confrontation
In Group G, the two Catalan giants Barcelona and Italian Juventus made a good start with their victory in the opening match.
On the grounds of the Camp Nou Akram stadium, Barcelona and their guest Ferencvaroos, Hungary, defeated them 5-1 to lead the group.
And Lionel Messi scored the goals of the Catalan team in the 27th minute from a penalty kick, Anso Fati (42), Felipe Coutinho (52), Pedri (82) and Osman Dembele (89). While the Hungarian team’s goal came from a penalty kick, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique received a red card and scored by Ihor Kharaten (70).
As for Juventus, it defeated its host Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine, with two goals by its new old Spanish star, Alvaro Morata, in the 46th and 84th minutes.
With these two results, the two teams have appeared well before their upcoming confrontation in the next round a week later in Turin, which may witness a renewed conflict between Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Thus, the Blaugrana led the group on goal difference from the old lady, while the Ukrainian team remained third in front of Ferencváros.
Lazio beat Dortmund and Bruges over Zenit
In Group F, Italian Lazio defeated its guest Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in another summit in this round.
The goals of the Italian capital team came through scorer Ciro Immobile (6), then Marwin Hitz, a foul in the goal of his team (23) and Jean Akpa (79). Dortmund’s only goal was scored by Norwegian Erling Haaland (71).
Outside their rules, Belgium’s Bruges beat their Russian host Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1.
Emmanuel Denis (63) and Charles Katilayer (90 + 3) scored for the guests, while the home side’s goal came from a ballistic missile shot by the Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, which bounced off the post and hit the back of the Belgian-American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and embraced the net (74).
With this, Lazio tops the group, then Bruges with the same number of points and trails with goals, then Zenit Vdortmund in last place.
As for the fifth group, the matches that gathered their teams ended in a draw.
At Stanford Bridge in the English capital, European League champion Sevilla, “Europe League”, snatched a valuable point by tying it to Chelsea without goals.
In their first participation in the Champions League, French Rennes tied at home to Russia’s Krasnodar with a goal to match.
For the owners of the land, first, Sahru Geraci scored from a penalty kick (56), and the visitors adjusted the score through Christan Ramirez (59).
The two newcomers led the group, while the English and Spanish giants trailed it on goal difference.
The matches of this round will be completed on Wednesday with another eight matches
In Group A, Bayern Munich begins the campaign to preserve its title at home with a strong match against Atletico Madrid, while Red Bull Salzburg host Austria’s Lokomotiv.
In Group Two, Real Madrid host Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, and Borussia Moenchengladbach will be a guest of Inter.
In the third group, Porto will meet Manchester City, England, outside their bases, while Marseille, France, traveled to Greece to face Olympiacos.
In Group D, Liverpool, the English Premier League champion and the champion of the penultimate version of the competition, will be a heavy guest on Dutch Ajax in another summit, and Atalatna, the Italian, will not be light in the hospitality of the newcomer, Medland, the Dane.