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Rashford still executioner of PSG, Barça finds itself

The Manchester United striker defeated the vice-European champion on Tuesday (1-2) at the opening of the Champions League. A competition where Lionel Messi and his Catalan club shone again by crushing the Hungarians of Ferencvaros 5-1.

The Manchester United striker defeated the vice-European champion on Tuesday (1-2) at the opening of the Champions League. A competition where Lionel Messi and his Catalan club shone again by crushing the Hungarians of Ferencvaros 5-1.

(AFP) – PSG liked more in the heat of Lisbon than in the pouring rain of the Parc des Princes: for its entry into the running in its competition, the vice-champion club of Europe sank at home, losing in extremis in front of Manchester United (1-2). “These are very hard beginnings”, recognized the Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel at the microphone of RMC Sport. “It wasn’t us, clearly.”

The Parisians’ first period was perhaps the worst of the season, sanctioned by a penalty converted by Bruno Fernandes (23rd). At the bottom of the bucket, the Parisians raised their heads a little in the second half like Neymar, at the origin of the equalizer: his corner was catapulted into the English goals by … Martial, unhappy on the blow (55th). But it was ultimately Rashford who had the last word of an impeccable crossfire (87th), reviving the specter of the “comeback” that the English striker had sealed in the same place in the round of 16 in 2019.

The hard training of Rennes Benjamin Bourigeaud (left) and Eduardo Camavinga, who surround the Ecuadorian defender of Krasnodar, Cristian Ramirez

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Here is Paris already under pressure in this very tough Group H, since Neymar and others are already three lengths behind Manchester and RB Leipzig, 2-0 winner of Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir, which the Parisians will challenge next week. . “Now is not the time to be angry or lose your mind. We have to be honest and critical with ourselves, ”Tuchel said.

How hard learning at the top level is! For its great debut in the Champions League, Rennes could not do better than a 1-1 draw to the taste of unfinished. In a Roazhon Park which hosted 5,000 supercharged supporters, Rennes took the advantage on a penalty obtained by Martin Terrier and transformed by Serhou Guirassy (55th). But the euphoria lasted only four minutes, time for Cristian Ramirez to send a strike into the Rennes skylight (59th). This draw nevertheless allows the two teams to settle at the top of Group E ahead of Chelsea and Sevilla, who also neutralized each other (0-0).

Entering the game in the 60th minute with Dynamo Kiev against Juventus Turin, Gerson Rodrigues (right) became the first Luxembourg player in history to play in a Champions League group match

Entering the game in the 60th minute with Dynamo Kiev against Juventus Turin, Gerson Rodrigues (right) became the first Luxembourg player in history to play in a Champions League group match

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In group G, the favorites did not fail: Juventus (3 pts) went to win 2-0 on the lawn of Dynamo Kiev thanks to a brace from Alvaro Morata, while FC Barcelona did not. of detail (5-1) against the modest Hungarians of Ferencvaros. Everything is already in place for a shock at the top of the group next week between Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juve and Lionel Messi’s Barça … if however the Portuguese is restored in time from covid-19.

Without “CR7” in Kiev, the Turinese managed to offer their new coach Andrea Pirlo a successful start on a C1 bench, with a double from Alvaro Morata (46th, 84th). A match that greeted the big premiere of a Luxembourg player on the stage of the Champions League: Gerson Rodigues in fact played the last half hour of the match after replacing Carlos De Pena exactly on time.

In Catalonia, coach Ronald Koeman settled the debate over the last few days on Antoine Griezmann’s performance by deciding to do without the striker, replacing at kick-off. This did not prevent Barça from taking place at Camp Nou, despite the exclusion of Gerard Piqué, penalty conceded at the key (70th). Messi himself caused and transformed a penalty (27th) then the young Ansu Fati doubled the bet (42nd) before being decisive passer for Philippe Coutinho (52nd). Pedri increased the score with an offering from Ousmane Dembélé (82nd), himself a scorer at the end of the match (89th).

Norwegian Erling Haland struggled and ... scored, Borussia Dortmund missed their entry against Lazio Rome (3-1 defeat).

Norwegian Erling Haland struggled and … scored, Borussia Dortmund missed their entry against Lazio Rome (3-1 defeat).

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Erling Haaland (20 years old), the revelation of the previous edition of the C1 with his 10 goals scored, was not enough for Dortmund: scorer of an overpowered recovery (72nd), the great Norwegian striker did not however avoid at Borussia an inaugural defeat on the lawn of Lazio in Rome (3-1). Lazio therefore takes the lead of Group F, in front of Club Bruges, victorious a little earlier on the lawn of Zenit Saint-Petersburg (2-1).


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