Man U back in business,PSG riots, Chelsea tops as Barca revenges in UCL Day 1

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GROUP A

MANCHESTER UNITED TEARS BASEL

[Analyses]–Manchester United showed they are back in business as they effortlessly defeated Swiss opposition FC Basel by three goals to nil at the theater of dreams on Tuesday night. Despite an injury to Captain Paul Pogba, Manchester United showed they had too much quality as they went ahead via Maurone Fellaini in the 35th minute. In the second half, Romelu Lukaku scored a header from a Daley Blind cross before Marcus Rashford (who came in for Anthony Martial) put the icing on the cake.

In the other match of the night, CSKA Moscow shocked Portuguese giants, Benfica, away 2-1 courtesy of a penalty from Vitinho and Timur Zhameletdinov cancelling out the early goal by Haris Serefovic. As it stands, Manchester United tops the group based on superior goal difference while CSKA Moscow is second, Benfica occupies the third position while FC Basel is last on the log.

GROUP B

PSG DESTROYS CELTIC WHILE BAYERN DOWNS ANDERLECHT

Paris Saint Germain ran riot at Glasgow Park with a five nil trouncing of the home team. Star man Neymar opened the scoring courtesy of an assist from Adrein Rabiot while Kylian Mbappe scored the second goal fifteen minutes later, Edison Cavani scored from the spot to give the French giants a three nil advantage at half time. The introduction of Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard by Celtic could not prevent them from conceding two extra goal as Mikael Lustig scored an own goal before Edison Cavani added a fifth goal in the 85th minute of the encounter.

In the other game of the group at Allianz arena, Bayern Munich defeated Anderlecht by three goals to nil. A red card to Sven Kums of Anderlecht made the job easier for the German outfit as goals from Robert Lewandowski (who grabbed his 50th goal under Carlo Ancelotti), Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich got the Bravian crowd smiling home having witnessed an impressive performance from their men. As it stands, PSG tops the group, Bayern is second, Anderlecht is third while Celtic is last.

GROUP C

Chelsea put six past Qarabag

English champions, Chelsea FC, showed no mercy to new boys, Qarabag with a six nil pounding of the Azerbaijan outfit to mark their return to Europe after a year’s absence. Pedro Rodriguez opened the scoring in the fifth minute before new signing, Davide Zappacosta scored his first ever goal for the Blues with an outside shot that caught Qarabag goalkeeper, Ibrahim Sehic, napping. In the second half, goals from Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Mitchy Batshuayi and an own goal from Maksim Medvedev completed the routing.

Atletico Madrid held AS Roma to a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Atletico Madrid hit the host on the counter time and again but could not find a way past Alusson Becker in goal for As Roma despite having ten shots on target to As Roma’s one.

As it stands, Chelsea leads the group while As Roma and Atletico Madrid occupy the second and third stop respectively, Qarabag is last on the log with a goal difference of -6 and 0 points.

GROUP D

Barcelona revenge against Juventus

Italian giants, Juventus were paid back in their own coin as they were beaten by three goals to nil at the Camp Nou. It would be recalled that in last season’s encounter between both clubs, Juventus ran out three nil winners on aggregate. This time around, a brace from Lionel Messi either side of Ivan Rakitic’s goal downed the Gianluigi Buffon captained side.  Despite having seven shots on target, Juventus couldn’t find a way past Andre Ter Stegen in goal for Barcelona. Matteo De Scilgio’s injury appeared to hurt Juventus as they conceded four minutes after he was substituted.

In the other encounter of the group, Olympiacos lost by three goals to two against Sporting CP.

As it stands, Barcelona is top of the table, Sporting CP is second, Olympiacos is third while Juventus is fourth.

Toluwanimi Adeyefa tweets @Rcadetolu.




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