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Champions League Review: Barcelona And Bayern Begin In Style

messi-match-ballThe Champions League is back underway and Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona hit seven and Bayern Munich scored five. Despite those two one-sides games, the rest of the ties were extremely competitive with away wins for Atlético Madrid and Napoli while Arsenal held Paris Saint-Germain.

Group A
Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Arsenal

Edinson Cavani’s goal after 44 seconds, the quickest ever for Paris in the UEFA Champions League, was cancelled out with 12 minutes to go when Alexis Sánchez struck. David Ospina had done well to keep the hosts down to one. In added time Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were sent off.

Basel 1-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
Jonathan Cafú netted on the stroke of half-time but Ludogorets were denied a first-ever away victory in the UEFA Champions League group stage by Renato Steffen’s 80th-minute equaliser.

Group B
Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Napoli

Arkadiusz Milik registered twice in the last nine minutes of the first half to ensure a valuable win for Napoli. Denys Garmash had given Dynamo the lead when set up by 18-year-old competition debutant Viktor Tsygankov, but they ended up with ten men with Serhiy Sydorchuk dismissed in the 68th minute.

Benfica 1-1 Beşiktaş
Franco Cervi’s fine run and shot in the 12th minute looked to have got Benfica off to a winning start but deep in added time on-loan Talisca, playing against his parent club, equalised with a free-kick.

Group C
Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Not only did Lionel Messi claim his sixth UEFA Champions League hat-trick, Neymar score a free-kick along with providing four assists, Luis Suárez keep up his fine run in this competition for Barcelona with two goals, and Andrés Iniesta contribute a superb finish, but Marc-André ter Stegen also saved a Moussa Dembélé penalty for Celtic.

Manchester City P-P Borussia Mönchengladbach
Match was postponed 24 hours due to a water logged pitch.

Group D
Bayern München 5-0 Rostov

Robert Lewandowski got Bayern off the mark with a 28th-minute penalty and Thomas Müller made it two just before half-time, before two Joshua Kimmich strikes and a late Juan Bernat effort made it a miserable debut for Rostov. It was a record 13th straight home win in the competition for Bayern.

PSV Eindhoven 0-1 Atlético Madrid
Saúl Ñíguez produced a superb volley in the 43rd minute and PSV missed a good chance to equalise immediately when Jan Oblak kept out Andrés Guardado’s penalty.