Liverpool FC drives CL roller coaster: Messi and PSG experience bitter disappointment


Liverpool FC drives the CL roller coaster
Messi and PSG experience bitter disappointment

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo start the Champions League almost in sync with their new teams: The two global superstars of football experience bitter disappointments. Jürgen Klopp, on the other hand, successfully manages a nerve-wracking European Cup evening.

The star ensemble of Paris Saint-Germain missed a victory at the start of the Champions League season. Although the offensive artists Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and new signing Lionel Messi were in the starting line-up, France’s football runners-up at Club Bruges did not go beyond 1-1 (1-1). In shape, Ander Herrera gave Paris the lead after fifteen minutes, but the Belgian underdog did not hide. Captain Hans Vanaken equalized (27.). Even before the break, Bruges missed further opportunities, so that PSG were even well served with the point. At the top of Group A is Manchester City after the 6: 3 (3: 1) against RB Leipzig.

This ended the first Champions League appearance in the new jersey for Lionel Messi almost as disappointing as for Cristiano Ronaldo: The second global superstar, who had changed clubs this summer, scored for Manchester United on Tuesday, but was able to a surprising defeat against the Young Boys Bern but not prevented. The Portuguese scored the first goal of the new Champions League season (13th) in a 1: 2 (1: 0) against the Swiss champions trained by David Wagner. Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (66th) and Jordan Siebatcheu (90th + 5) turned the game around.

Klopp is still turning backlog

Another Premier League representative was successful with Liverpool FC. The reds of trainer Jürgen Klopp fought their way to a 3-2 (1-2) victory in the new editions of the Champions League finals of 2005 and 2007 against AC Milan. The home side made it unnecessarily exciting because they were overwhelmingly superior for long stretches. A one-two punch just before the break had briefly brought Liverpool into distress. The winning goal was scored by captain Jordan Henderson (69th). The group opponents Atlético Madrid and FC Porto played 0-0. For the Portuguese, Chancel Mbemba flew off the field with red after an emergency brake in stoppage time.

In Lisbon, ex-Frankfurt Sebastien Haller put his stamp on the game. With a four-pack, the striker made his debut in Europe’s highest club competition, helping Ajax Amsterdam win 5-1 (3-1) at Sporting. This means that the Dutch lead Group C ahead of Borussia Dortmund. BVB had previously defeated Besiktas Istanbul 2-1 (2-0) away from home.

Newcomer Sheriff Tiraspol also celebrated a successful premiere. The Moldovan champions prevailed in Group D 2-0 (1-0) against Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine. The goals for the home side, who had struggled through qualifying, were scored by Adama Traoré (16th) and Momo Yansané (62nd). It was the first goals of a Moldovan team in the premier class. Because Real Madrid won 1-0 (0-0) in a test of strength between two heavyweights at Inter Milan, Tiraspol is at the top of Group D.

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