Champions League ’18-19 – Highlights: Messi Makes A Perfect Start With A Hattrick
These are the first six matches of Champions League, Group stage Match Day 1 of 6. The highlights are appended below:
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Match 1 of 16: Barcelona vs PSV Eindhoven
Result: 4 – 0
- Barcelona: Lionel Messi 31′, 77′, 87′, Ousmane Dembele 74′
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- Lionel Messi scored a record-setting hattrick, as Barcelona opened their Champions League battle in Group B with a noteworthy 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.
- Ernesto Valverde’s squad typically ruled the opening 30 minutes, however PSV looked hazardous on the counter-assault with Steven Bergwijn twisting a shot only wide of Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s goal and Hirving Lozano missing one from wide after a rapid run on the right flank.
Salah & Neymar’s performances make me appreciate Messi & Ronaldo that little bit more. We’re desperate to say someone’s reached their level, but we’re still nowhere close. Extreme consistency from teenage years through their 30s has those two in a different realm.
— Kevin Egan (@kev_egan) September 18, 2018
- Be that as it may, the hosts opened the scoring past the half-hour check, when Messi nestled a relentless free kick from outside the penalty territory, after Ousmane Dembele was fouled after a hard run from midfield.
- Philippe Coutinho had two opportunities to double Barca’s lead after the hour mark, however he discharged a laid-off Luis Suarez pass well off the goal, before compelling a fine spare from PSV’s Jeroen Zoet on a twisting shot from outside the territory.
While I prefer Messi as an all round footballer to Ronaldo. The truth is Messi will score Hat tricks against PSV in the first round & disappear in the QF against Juve. Ronaldo will score hat tricks against PSV as well but absolutely blast away Juve Atletico and PSG. No lies
— David (@UyiDm2) September 18, 2018
- Dembele, who had been wild all through, scored Barcelona’s second goal by finishing a smooth pass through PSV’s back line with a shockingly better complete and Messi included his group’s 3rd goal with a cool first-time shot from an Ivan Rakitic pass over the highest point of the host’s resistance.
- Suarez at that point teed up Messi for his 3rd, as the Argentine struck home from 10 yards away to put the outcome significantly farther of reach.
- Messi’s hattrick was his 8th in the Champions League, breaking a tie with Cristiano Ronaldo for the most in competition history.
Goal Messi ?? pic.twitter.com/BpIjX9TPxd
— Eelco ? (@HymnForTheWknd) September 18, 2018
- Samuel Umtiti will be inaccessible for Barcelona in their next Champions League coordinate against Tottenham in London on Oct. 3, in the wake of getting a couple of yellow cards in the match and being sent off.
Match 2 of 16: Inter Milan vs Tottenham
Result: 2 – 1
- Inter Milan: Mauro Icardi 85′, Matias Vecino 90+2′
- Tottenham: Christian Eriksen 53′
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- Late goals from Mauro Icardi and Matías Vecino guided Inter Milan to a 2-1 prevail upon Tottenham Hotspur in their opening UEFA Champions League tie.
- Inter Milan indicated their assaulting aim from the beginning, with Ivan Perisic making a few issues for the Spurs full-backs, in spite of the fact that odds were difficult to find for the hosts.
- Harry Kane ought to have put Spurs ahead on 37 minutes, as the striker beat the offside trap to gather a cross from Christian Eriksen yet he set his exertion wide from short proximity.
Tottenham Hotspur have now lost 3 games in a row but the media won’t make a big deal out of it because their manager isn’t named José Mourinho.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) September 18, 2018
- Handanovic acted the hero right away before the halftime break, flying up with an opportune capture attempt to remove a cross bound for Kane in the box.
- 8 minutes into the 2nd half, Eriksen gave the guests the lead with a shrewd finish from short proximity after some great work by Erik Lamela.
Thanks pochettino for building this team. But pochettino got no record of winning trophy. Let trohy specialist manager take over this team and finish this job for poch.
Please consider this @SpursOfficial #PochOut
— Sam schulz (@senopatiDM) September 18, 2018
- Bury were attempting to cut out shots as the second half went on, which provoked Luciano Spalletti to present Keita Balde for the last 15 minutes.
- The hosts needed to hold up until the point when the 85th moment to get the equalizer, with Icardi finding the base corner with a struck wrap up.
Understand the cows reference now… Tottenham Levy’s cash cow doesn’t know the train times but will pull £6mil from it every year
— DANNY THFC (@DannySpurs1882) September 18, 2018
- The triumphant goal touched base in second-half stoppage time, as Stefan de Vrij’s header once again into the 18-yard box was turned home Vecino to seal 3 points.
Match 3 of 16: Club Brugge vs Dortmund
Result: 0 – 1
- Dortmund: Christian Pulisic 85′
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- Christian Pulisic shut down a leeway and watched the ball cruise over the Club Brugge goalkeeper and into the net as Dortmund won 1-0.
- In a fight between opposite sides with unbeaten records this season, visiting mentor Favre gave uncommon beginnings to Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho, however observed his side much of the time stuck back by a dynamic Brugge outfit.
- Dortmund enhanced fundamentally in the 2nd half and substitute Pulisic had just been on the field for 16 minutes when he circled the ball into the net, to guarantee his side benefited as much as possible from maybe their most obvious opportunity for an away win in Group A.
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) September 18, 2018
- Atletico Madrid won 2-1 away at Monaco in the gathering’s other fixture, and both those sides will extravagant their odds against Brugge and Dortmund.
- Jelle Vossen arrowed a header only wide with a close post header following 11 minutes and Marco Reus needed to clear the ball off the line 8 minutes after, when Vossen came through on goal once more.
- Arnaut Danjuma drew an eminent spare from Roman Burki at full stretch, the goalkeeper repelling the ball far from the base left corner as Brugge delighted in the better of the main half possibilities.
That might just be the luckiest goal of all time. But what a moment for Christian Pulisic to be the match winner on his 20th birthday while making his 100th appearance for Borussia Dortmund #BVB #UCL pic.twitter.com/wAOl70WXxm
— BVB Buzz (@BVBBuzz) September 18, 2018
- Shinji Kagawa drifted a sublime cross to the far post that Lukasz Piszczek touched base so as to interface with, however he confounded his swing.
- With 5 minutes left to play, Kagawa played in Pulisic and he avoided Matej Mitrovic’s endeavored clearance up and over Karlo Letica for a happy winner.
Match 4 of 16: Schlake 04 vs Porto
Result: 1 – 1
- Schlake 04: Breel Embolo 64′
- Porto: Otavio Edmilson da Silva Monteiro 75′ (P)
|Schlake 04||Team Stats||Porto|
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- Ralf Fahrmann outshined Iker Casillas on the Spaniard’s landmark Champions League appearance, as Schalke drew 1-1 with Porto in Group D.
- Iker Casillas turned into the primary player to highlight in a 20th Champions League crusade, yet it was Fahrmann who left his stamp at Veltins-Arena with a string of eminent recoveries.
- Having splendidly kept out Alex Telles’ spot-kick, Fahrmann by one means or another denied Felipe from point-clear range in the second half before Breel Embolo prodded Schalke ahead soon after the hour.
Btw, I predicted Liverpool to beat PSG 3-2 and Schalke 1-1 Porto. Thought I should gloat here. It’s not easy to predict two correct scores. ?#UCL
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) September 18, 2018
- Fahrmann could not rehash his prior heroics in the 75th moment, however, as Otavio ventured up to change over from the spot and secure an offer of the crown jewels after Naldo had awkwardly cut down Moussa Marega.
- With everyone’s eyes on Casillas, it was Fahrmann who took the spotlight in the 13th minute, getting down low to tip Telles’ shot wide after referee Jesus Gil Manzano considered Naldo had purposely dealt with in the zone.
- Naldo could have presented appropriate reparations at the opposite end not long after but, having met Daniel Caligiuri’s free-kick, the veteran safeguard neglected to hold his header down.
3 games / 3 loss. Draw vs Porto.
This trainer cant stay as Schalke trainer.
Schalke is not your father farm.
Schalke need new trainer.#S04FCP
— Firat (@firatgivenchy) September 18, 2018
- Fahrmann was getting it done again two minutes into the second half, responding naturally to keep Felipe packaging in from three yards out.
- Casillas could not recreate Fahrmann’s shape at the opposite end in the 64th moment – Embolo opening home through the 37-year-old’s legs subsequent to hooking onto Weston McKennie’s cross.
- Schalke’s lead was fleeting,- following a rash test on Marega by Naldo – Otavio sent Fahrmann the wrong route from 12 yards.
- Yevhen Konoplyanka had the opportunity to grab the points in the ending minutes, just for the Ukraine national to penetrate wide from short proximity as Porto held firm.
Nabil Bentaleb won 10 tackles vs. FC Porto; at least five more than any other player in the Champions League this evening.
Getting himself about. pic.twitter.com/hKb9ActAqA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 18, 2018
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