UEFA Champions League results, highlights: Messi saves PSG; Liverpool take huge victory at Atletico
The first eight matches of Matchday 3 of the Champions League are over after a day of European football filled with goals. The eight matches in total have netted 35 goals, as seven of the eight matches had at least four goals. On the night, Liverpool claimed their very first victory over Atletico Madrid, 3-2, while PSG came from behind thanks to Lionel Messi to beat RB Leipzig, 3-2.
Ajax managed to absolutely destroy Dortmund, 4-0, and Real Madrid got back on track after losing to Sheriff by putting last five Shakhtar on the road.
In the opening matches, Manchester City went to Club Brugge and scored five goals against the home side, winning 5-1 and Sporting CP also achieved an impressive away victory in Istanbul beating Besiktas 4 -1.
Here are the scores and everything else you need to see:
- Besiktas 1, Sporting 4
- Club Bruges 1, Manchester City 5
- Real Madrid 5, Shakhtar Donetsk 0
- PSG 3, RB Leipzig 2
- Liverpool 3, AtlÃ©tico Madrid 2
- Inter Milan 3, Sheriff 1
- Ajax 4, Dortmund 0
- Porto 1, Milan 0
Match of the day
Liverpool 3, AtlÃ©tico Madrid 2
What a match it was. He had it all. First, Liverpool took a 2-0 lead thanks to Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita before Los Colchoneros came back with a vengeance via Antoine Griezmann’s brace. But then the French forward would get a silly red card for a dangerous and unintentional challenge on Roberto Firmino, opening a window for the Reds to take the points.
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After Mario Hermoso’s stupid challenge to Diogo Jota in the box, Liverpool got the chance they needed via a penalty to win, 3-2.
Here is the winning goal:
This game featured five goals, 19 shots, 11 on frame, one penalty given, one withdrawn via VAR late for Atletico and everything you might expect from the Champions League group stage.
The best part? They play again at Anfield in a few weeks.
Player of the day
This is a difficult question. While Mohamed Salah deserves, the advantage goes to Lionel messi. He didn’t have much to do with the ball at his feet in terms of creation, but he delivered when it mattered most. PSG won nine minutes thanks to Kylian Mbappe, but in the 57th minute Jesse Marsch’s RB Leipzig turned the tables behind goals from AndrÃ© Silva and Nordi Mukiele. Then Messi managed to score two goals in seven minutes to claim the victory.
His first goal was a delicious combination with Mbappe, and his winner came from a penalty, where he was downright mean.
There were some really good ones, including Keita’s volley and a golazo free kick from Sheriff’s Sebastien Thill, but no goals came close to that. Vinicius Jr. made against Shakhtar. The Brazilian tore through the home defense and produced a Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi-style goal with incredible cuts, perfection when it came to keeping the ball close to his feet, and a precise and powerful finish. No goalkeeper spared him. Looked:
The silliest challenge of the day
Here’s an honor Griezmann wasn’t looking for when he woke up. He helped his team recover against Liverpool, but then did so after following the ball into the air.
An overwhelming challenge. Of course, it wasn’t intentional, but it was still extremely dangerous. He is now missing the return to Anfield, opening the door for Luis Suarez to start against his former club.
The biggest surprise
This concerns the Ajax and Dortmund match. On paper, it was lucky to be the game of the week, let alone the day. It featured 28 shots, incredible skill and four goals. The trap ? All of these goals were for Ajax. The Dutch were the favorites, but Dortmund were absolutely horrible in defense. Emre Can was pushed back by Sebastien Haller with ease for his goal, and they were just out of sync and didn’t react. Antony made them silly in this one, putting Ajax in the driver’s seat in the group.
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