The Argentine star Lionel Messi, in his first official match in the ranks of his new team, Paris Saint-Germain, was satisfied with a 1-1 draw with the humble Belgian Club Brugge, while Liverpool and Real Madrid achieved two difficult wins, over AC Milan 3-2, and over its neighbor Inter 1 0, in a row, in the first round of Group A competitions, in the UEFA Champions League.
In the first match, the terrible trio of 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 achievement, after Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo “177, a record” and Spanish Xavi “151”.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe said: “It’s the Champions League, it’s the high level, against a great club Club Brugge. How do we 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, runner-up Manchester City achieved an exciting victory over German Leipzig 6-3, and Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne played his first major match in the ranks of 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.
City doubled their lead when De Bruyne grabbed the ball on the right flank, passed a defender before a cunning cross crossed into the area.
Leipzig managed to reduce the difference, when Swede Emil Forsberg raised the ball towards Mukiele, who headed it towards Frenchman Christopher Nkunku, and he followed it with his head into the net of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson,
But City quickly restored the difference to its predecessor by scoring the third goal from a penalty kick, which was scored by Algerian Riyad Mahrez, and the city conceded a second goal through Nkunku, who received a perfect ball from Spaniard Dani Olmo, who overtook Aki and shot it into the net.
But Grealish restored the difference to his predecessor in his first match in this competition, when he curled a ball into the far corner, and Nkunko refused not to score a “hat-trick”, when he took advantage of a front ball from Joseph Poulsen and followed it into the net, but the Portuguese Joao Cancelo scored the fifth goal for City with a shot strong.
Leipzig completed the last 11 minutes with ten players, after the Spanish player Angelino was expelled from City in particular, and the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus ended the festival by adding the sixth goal.
At Anfield, Liverpool beat Milan 3-2 in the second group in a match that could have been decided in the first half, given his absolute control and missed opportunity after opportunity, before finding himself behind 1-2.
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 he shot it. It collided with English defender Fikayo Tomori and turned a line inside his team’s goal. The Egyptian Mohamed Salah, but Mike Minnian succeeded in addressing it.
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 Ivorian Frank Kessier, before giving the Spaniard Ibrahim Diaz the lead for the “Lombardy” team, when the Belgian Alexis Selmekers hit a ball far away. Defender Andy Robertson from the goal line, but Diaz followed it into the net, and 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,
And the “captain” Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool the lead with a shot “on the fly” from outside the area.
At the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Porto drew in the same group.
Brazilian substitute Rodrigo led his Real Madrid team to snatch a deadly victory from its host Inter, by scoring the only goal at the top of Group D at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan.
Real Madrid was on its way to gaining a valuable point from Inter, who had a comparative advantage for most of the match, but Rodrygo, Lucas Vasques’s replacement, grabbed a precious goal after a coordinated attack led by Uruguayan Federico Valverde, who passed a ball on a plate to the other French alternative, Eduardo Camavinga. He, in turn, prepared it for Rodrigo, and he followed it “on the bird” with his left into the goal.
“It was probably the most difficult 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 and Guinean Momo Yansan,
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.