Mou United back in style to the Champions; Messi beats Buffon

Lynette Rowe
September 15, 2017

Beating Celtic says little about its capacity to go beyond the quarterfinal for the first time since 1995, but the way it dispatched the Scottish champions was nonetheless emphatic. For the Manchester United manager, it wasn't the Champions League at all.

The Blues have tougher Champions League tests to come in the form of Roma and Atletico Madrid through, so while this win was important, it's understandable to see Conte's men at bigger quotes than both Manchester clubs, despite finishing above both of them last term.

In the event, Lionel Messi started another European campaign in imperious fashion with two goals against an injury-depleted Juventus side.

Elsewhere, Manchester United marked its return to the competition with a straightforward 3-0 win over Basel, while Chelsea hammered Qarabag 6-0.

In Lisbon, Benfica let slip a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to CSKA Moscow, with substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov scoring the winning goal four minutes into his Champions League debut. Celtic had chances and will probably feel it wasn't outplayed, but it had no answer to the power of the PSG forward line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, all three of whom scored before halftime. Towards the end, in the 84th minute, Marcus Rashford finished off a Fellaini cross to make it 3-0.

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PSG's next opponent in Group B will be five-time champion Bayern Munich, which brushed aside Anderlecht 3-0 at the Allianz Arena. Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich added to the scoreline in the second half.

A poor Qarabag defense also conceded goals from Michy Batshuayi, Pedro Rodriguez, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Nevertheless, equally as it looked as though the initial fifty percent would certainly finish goalless, Barca struck via that male Messi, who played a cool one-two on the edge of the location with Suarez, before putting a reduced left-footed initiative right into the bottom right-hand edge of the internet. There was also an own goal by Maksim Medvedev.

Sporting CP managed to build a 3-0 advantage through Seydou Doumbia, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes.

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