Düsseldorf Thanks to four goals from ex-Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller, Ajax Amsterdam celebrates a dream debut in this premier league season with a 5-1 win over Sporting Lisbon. There were also successes for Real Madrid and Liverpool FC, Lionel Messi and his new club Paris had to be content with one point. Our summary.
The star ensemble of Paris Saint-Germain missed a victory at the start of the Champions League season. Although the offensive artists Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and new signing Lionel Messi were in the starting line-up, France’s football runners-up did not get past 1: 1 (1: 1) at Club Bruges on Wednesday evening.
In shape, Ander Herrera gave Paris the lead after fifteen minutes, but the Belgian underdog did not hide. Captain Hans Vanaken equalized (27.). Even before the break, Bruges missed further opportunities, so that PSG were even well served with the point. At the top of Group A is Manchester City after the 6: 3 (3: 1) against RB Leipzig.
Another Premier League representative was successful with Liverpool FC. The reds of coach Jürgen Klopp fought their way to a 3-2 (1-2) victory against AC Milan in the new editions of the Champions League finals of 2005 and 2007. The home side made it unnecessarily exciting because they were overwhelmingly superior for long stretches. A one-two punch just before the break had briefly brought Liverpool into distress. The winning goal was scored by captain Jordan Henderson (69th). The group opponents Atlético Madrid and FC Porto played 0-0. For the Portuguese, Chancel Mbemba flew off the field with red after an emergency brake in stoppage time.
In Lisbon, the ex-Frankfurt Sebastien Haller put his stamp on the game. With a four-pack, the striker made his debut in Europe’s highest club competition, helping Ajax Amsterdam win 5-1 (3-1) at Sporting. This means that the Dutch lead Group C ahead of Borussia Dortmund. BVB had previously defeated Besiktas Istanbul 2-1 (2-0) away from home.
Newcomer Sheriff Tiraspol also celebrated a successful premiere. The Moldovan champions prevailed in Group D 2-0 (1-0) against Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine. The goals for the home side, who had struggled through qualifying, were scored by Adama Traoré (16th) and Momo Yansané (62nd). It was the first goals of a Moldovan team in the premier class. Because Real Madrid won 1-0 (0-0) in a test of strength between two heavyweights at Inter Milan, Tiraspol is at the top of Group D.