Champions League: victories for Manchester City, Saint-Germain and Barcelona

English Manchester City began the campaign to defend the title it won last season for the first time in its history, by defeating its guest, Serbian Red Star, 3-1, thanks to a double from Argentine Julián Alvarez, on Tuesday, in the first round of the Group G competitions of the European Champions League in football.

City began its continental campaign after achieving an ideal start to the campaign to defend the English Premier League title, as the men of Spanish coach Pep Guardiola won all five of their matches so far, the last of which was last Saturday at West Ham 3-1.

Guardiola was forced to make an early substitution by removing Portuguese Bernardo Silva, who left his place for Belgian newcomer Jeremy Doku a few seconds before the end of the first half, which concluded with a shocking goal for the Serbian guest through Ghanaian Othman Bakari (45).

City was struck at the beginning of the second half by Argentine Julián Alvarez, who received the ball from Haaland, so he passed the goalkeeper and shot into the empty net from a difficult angle (47).

Alvarez returned to add the second goal for himself and his team with a free kick he executed (60), before Rodri delivered the final blow to the visitors with a third goal with a shot from the outskirts of the area after a pass from Phil Foden (73).

Leipzig began its fifth consecutive adventure in the competition and only the sixth in its history in the best way, by defeating its host Young Boys 3-1.

Leipzig – which reached the semi-finals in only its second participation in the competition in the 2019-2020 season and reached the final eight last season – owes it to Austrian Xaver Schlager and Slovenian substitute Benjamin Sisko, who scored the goals of the lead in the 74th minute from a long shot and the second of stoppage time following a counterattack.

French Paris Saint-Germain settled what was considered the strongest confrontation in the first round, by defeating its German guest, Borussia Dortmund, 2-0, in the sixth group, which witnessed a disappointing goalless draw for Italian Milan with its English guest, Newcastle.

At the Parc des Princes, Kylian Mbappe and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi were on time to give Saint-Germain, led by its new coach, Luis Enrique, victory at the beginning of a new chapter of its dream of winning the title for the first time in its history.

Saint-Germain struck early in the second half and opened the scoring via a penalty kick caused by defender Niklas Süle, who touched the ball in the forbidden area. Mbappe opened up to it and successfully shot it into the net (49), then Hakimi quickly gifted him the second with a beautiful technical break after a pass from Vitinha (58). , to score against his former team.

Barcelona, ​​​​the Spanish club, continued its strong offensive performances, inflicting a harsh loss on its guest, Antwerp, Belgium, with 5 unanswered goals in the eighth group competitions.

Portuguese Joao Felix imposed himself as the star of the match by scoring two goals and assisting a third.

Barcelona’s goals were scored by Joao Felix (11 and 66), Polish Robert Lewandowski (19), Antwerp defender Gilles Bataille (23 own errors), and Gavi (54).

Barcelona therefore repeated its strong display when it defeated Betis by five in the league last weekend.

In the same group, Porto of Portugal defeated Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine 3-1.

The winner was scored by Brazilian Anderson Galeno (8 and 15) and Iranian Mehdi Taremi (29), after the loser was led by Venezuelan Kevin Kelce (13).

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