A disappointing tie for Messi and Saint-Germain, and two difficult victories for Liverpool and Real Madrid – Jerusalem

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Brugge (Belgium) (AFP) – In his first official match, Lionel Messi was satisfied with his new team, Paris Saint-Germain, with a 1-1 draw with the humble Belgian Club Brugge, while Liverpool and Real Madrid achieved two difficult victories. AC Milan 3-2 and its neighbor Inter 1-0 on Wednesday in the first round of the first group competitions in the European Champions League.In the first match, the terrible trio Messi, Brazilian Neymar and French Kylian Mbappe played their first match together in the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain since the first transfer from Barcelona in a free deal.
Messi participated for the first time in the capital team, knowing that he played 24 minutes in the match against Reims when he came as a substitute for Neymar in the local league.
Messi played his 150th match in the continental competition and became the third field player to achieve this feat after Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (177, a record) and Spanish Xavi (151).
Saint-Germain opened the scoring after a great individual effort by Mbappe, in which he bypassed two defenders on the left side and passed a crawling ball into the area, followed by Ander Herrera with his left into the net (16).

Despite the repeated attacks of Saint Germain, Club Brugge formed a danger through counter-attacks and succeeded in one of them to equalize through captain Hans Vanakan, taking advantage of a cross pass to hit the net (27).
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe said: “It’s the Champions League, it’s a high level, against a great club Club Brugge, we have to admit that, even though we weren’t at our best. We gained a point, the most important thing is that we did not lose. We have to know how to respect these teams. We know that on paper we have the right team, and now we have to show that on the pitch.”
Regarding the next match against Manchester City, he said: “We will be able to recover and prepare well for the next matches to prepare well for the match against City.

In the same group, and at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, the English runner-up Manchester City achieved an exciting victory over Leipzia, the German, 6-3.
Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne made his first match for City after recovering from an injury he suffered in the last European Cup.
Dutch defender Natan Ake opened the scoring for City, taking advantage of a corner kick from Jack Grealish, which he headed into the net (16).
City doubled his lead when De Bruyne grabbed the ball on the right side and overtook a defender before a cunning cross crossed into the area. The Frenchman Nordi Mukiele tried to clear it, but he hit it header by mistake inside his own net (28).

Leipzig succeeded in reducing the difference when Swede Emil Forsberg raised the ball towards Mukiele, who shot it vertically towards Frenchman Christopher Nkunku, so he followed it with his head into the net of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson (42).
But City quickly restored the difference to its predecessor by scoring the third goal from a penalty kick, which was awarded to the Algerian Riyad Mahrez (45 + 2).
City conceded a second goal through Nkunku, who received a perfect ball from Spaniard Dani Olmo, and Aki overtook it and shot it into the net (51).

But Grealish restored the difference to his predecessor in his first match in this competition when he curled a ball into the far corner (56).
Abi Nkunku did not score a hat-trick when he took advantage of a forward ball from Youssef Poulsen and followed it into the net (73), but the Portuguese Joao Cancelo scored the fifth goal for City with a powerful shot (75).
Leipzig completed the last 11 minutes with ten players, following the expulsion of Spanish player Angelino, who was transferred to him from City in particular.
The Brazilian Gabriel Jesus ended the festival by adding the sixth goal (85).

At Anfield, Liverpool beat Milan 3-2 in the second group in a match that could have been decided in the first half due to his absolute control and missed one opportunity after another before finding himself 1-2 behind.
Liverpool’s early pressure resulted in a first goal when right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold walked the ball for a long distance and penetrated into the area before hitting the English defender Fikayo Tomori and turning a line inside his team’s goal (9).
The referee awarded a penalty kick after a handball by the Algerian Ismail bin Nasser, the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, but Mike Minyan succeeded in stopping it (14).

However, Milan, contrary to the course of play, managed to score two goals in the last three minutes of the first half, as Rebic equalized after a perfect pass from Ivory Coast Franck Kissier (42), before giving the Spaniard Ibrahim Diaz the lead for the Lombardy team when the Belgian Alexis Selmekers hit a ball that was cleared by the defender Andy Robertson from the goal line, but Diaz followed it into the net (45).
Salah compensated for wasting the penalty kick by equalizing when he broke the offside trap after receiving a ball from Origi and winking it into the net (49).
And captain Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool the lead with a shot on the fly from outside the area (69).
At the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Porto drew in the same group.

The Brazilian substitute Rodrigo led his Real Madrid team to snatch a fatal victory from its host Inter Milan by scoring the only goal in the top of Group D at the “Guseppe Meazza” stadium in Milan.
Real Madrid was on its way to gaining a valuable point from Inter Milan, who had a relative advantage for most of the match, but Rodrygo, Lucas Vasques’s replacement, grabbed a valuable goal after a coordinated attack led by Uruguayan Federico Valverde, who passed a ball on a plate to the other French alternative, Eduardo. Camavinga, who in turn prepared it for Rodrigo, followed her “on the bird” with his left into the goal.
“It was (probably) the hardest game in this group,” Ancelotti said. We struggled to win, Inter kept a very high pace in the first half, and we controlled the second half better. We are the favourites, yes, and we managed to take the advantage.”
Within the same group, the submerged Moldavian Sheriff Tiraspol launched his continental adventure with a historic victory over its Ukrainian guest, Shakhtar Donetsk, with two clean goals, scored by Malian Adama Traore (16) and Guinean Momo Yansan (62) goals.

Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and Dutch Ajax Amsterdam hit hard at the beginning of their career when they beat their Turkish host Besiktas 2-1 and Sporting Lisbon 5-1.
In the first match at the “Vodafone Arena” in Istanbul, Dortmund owes its victory to its promising players, the Englishman Judd Bellingham and the Norwegian Erling Haaland, where the first opened the scoring (20) and made the second goal for Halland, who continued his scoring hobby in his favorite competition (45 + 3).
The Spaniard Francesco Monterio scored the honorable goal for the Besiktas (90 + 4).

In the second, at the “Jose Alvalade” stadium in Lisbon, Ivory Coast international striker Sebastian Haller imposed himself as a star of the match by scoring a “super hat-trick” quad.
Haller became the second player to score a quartet in his first appearance in the Champions League, and the first since Dutchman Marco van Basten in November 1992 (AC Milan vs. Gothenburg of Sweden).





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