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UEFA Champions League: Grealish scores on his UCL debut as PSG fail to impress

Lionel Messi made his first start for Paris Saint Germain and could not inspire them to victory after they were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge.

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Current Premier League champions, Manchester City began their hunt for their first Champions League trophy with a thumping 6-3 win over RB Leipzig. The game was played yesterday at Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Newly signed, Jack Grealish was making his UCL debut for Manchester City and got the ball rolling after setting up Nathan Ake for the first goal and then grabbing a goal on the 56th minute. Goals by Riyad Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus, and an own goal from Nordi Mukiele rounded up the huge victory. However, Christopher Nkunku stole the show with a stunning hat-trick but was not enough to earn Leipzig a point.

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On the other part, Lionel Messi made his first start for Paris Saint Germain and could not inspire them to victory after they were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Club Brugge. Kylian Mbappe set up Ander Herrera to put PSG on the front foot before the home side equalized through a well-worked-out goal by Hans Vanaken, followed by an impressive performance both defensively and offensively.

Elsewhere, Jude Bellingham produced a fine goal for Borussia Dortmund and set up Erling Haaland for the second, to see off Besiktas, 2-1 in their group C opener while substitute Rodrygo struck an 89th-minute goal to give his side, Real Madrid victory away at Inter Milan propelling them to top of Group D.

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Other notable results of the night: Atletico Madrid vs FC Porto (0-0), Sporting Lisbon vs Ajax (1-5), Liverpool vs AC Milan (3-2), Sheriff Tiraspol vs Shakhtar Donetsk (2-0).

 

 

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Uefa Champions League: Round 2 results

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Champions League football was back in action from  Tuesday 28th to Wednesday 29th for the second round of matches in the group stages.

In group A, Paris Saint-Germain welcomed Manchester City to the Parc des Princes. In a thrilling display of both tactics and individual-player brilliance, it only took below 10 minutes before the first goal went in. Idrissa Gueye was on target for PSG as he guided the ball past Man City’s Ederson from an initial Neymar miss-kick.

Man City continued to control the game in a quest to equalise though the goals were just not coming. In the 74th minute, PSG pulled a counter attack with Messi and Mbappe involved. The combination proved too dangerous for City’s defence as Messi’s left-footed shot from a Mbappe back-flick went past Ederson, to seal their 3 points for the night. The goal was also Messi’s first goal in a PSG shirt.

Messi celebrates his goal against Man City

Still in group A, Club Brugge continued to showcase their on-form game as they beat RB Leipzig 2-1.

In group B, Liverpool were away at Porto where they scored 5 goals against Porto’s 1, with braces from Mo’ Salah and Firmino and a goal from Sadio Mane.

In Milan, Atletico Madrid picked up their first win against 10-man AC Milan with goals from Griezzmann and Suarez.

A shocker-match ensued in group D, as Real Madrid lost 2-1 to FC Sherrif Tiraspol, who are the lowest ranked side in the competition.

There was more drama in group E on Wednesday as SL Benfica triumphed against Barcelona in a match that saw them put 3 goals past Barca’s Ter Stegen, extending their winless run in the Champions league this season. Ronald Koeman’s men also had Garcia, their defender, sent off in dying minutes of the match.

Away in Germany, Bayern Munich dominated Dynamo Kyiv, in a match that ended 5-0. A brace from Robert Lewandowski and goals from Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Choupo Moting sent the Bavarians to the top of group E.

Manchester United were finally able to get their revenge against Villareal as they won 2-1 at the Old Trafford. Goals from Alex Telles and a late goal from Christiano Ronaldo sealed the win in their group F game.

Finally in group H, Chelsea suffered their first lost in the champions league this season, losing 1-0 to Juventus in Turin, Italy. Federico Chiesa’s goal at the beginning of the second half was enough for the Italian giant’s victory, as Chelsea struggled with bad lack in front of goal.

The 3rd round of Champions League football will return from 19th October.

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Victor Wanyama retires from international duty

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Kenyan Midfielder and former Harambee Stars’ captain has announced his retirement from international football. In a statement, the 30-year-old acknowledged that he has lived his dream by being able to represent his country.

Yesterday’s announcement via his social media pages comes just weeks after he was left out of the squad that went on to play the World Cup qualifier games.

The former Celtic, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs man made his Harambee Stars debut in May 2007 and has since scored 7 goals in 64 outings. Currently playing for Major League Soccer club CF Montreal, Wanyama hopes to return to help Kenyan football off the pitch, adding that he will continue cheering from the sidelines.

Victor Wanyama with his national team players

“The time has come to hand over the team to the next generation so that the too can make their mark and help our country reach even greater heights,” read part of the statement.

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Hamilton claims his 100th win in Formula One

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It was set to be a thrilling race day yesterday at Sochi, during the Russian F1 Grand Prix. McLaren and British driver Lando Norris began on pole ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Williams’ George Russel. Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton could only manage to qualify at P4, with Max Verstappen and Valterri Bottas beginning at the back of the grid.

The race began with eye-catching action as Lando lost his place to Carlos, while Hamilton lost 3 positions.

By lap 23, Lando had reclaimed his position with Hamilton at P2. Meanwhile, Verstappen and Bottas continued to gain positions; at 5th and 10th respectively, as the pit window opened.

At lap 47/53, rain signs began to show on track, as Hamilton battled Lando for P1. Two laps later, Hamilton pitted for intermediate tyres as the rain increased, while Lando decided to stay out on the slick tyres. This decision later cost him a grand prix win as he span off the track with just two laps to go, due to lack of grip on the wet track.

Lewis Hamilton picked up P1 and drove to the chequered flag to claim his 100th F1 career win, as the first ever driver to reach such a milestone. Max Verstappen finished P2 as Carlos Sainz rounded off the podium positions at P3.

“It is a magical moment. I could only have dreamed of still being here, to have this opportunity to win these races, and to drive with such phenomenal talents this late on in my career. I am so proud of everything we have done with Mercedes, on and off the track, and this is a special moment for everyone that has been part of it,” the ‘centurion’ said.

 

Mercedes F1 Team boss, also congratulated Hamilton saying,” I think we are witnesses of a career that is just amazing. The 100th race victory is just mind-blowing.”

Yesterday’s event means that Hamilton goes 2 points clear of Verstappen, with Bottas and Lando at positions 3 and 4 respectively, at the drivers’ championship standings.

The Turkish Grand Prix is up next!

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