Europe’s premier competition the UEFA Champions League raised its curtains with a goalfest of 28 goals across the 8 games played on Tuesday. Here are the 5 things we learnt from last night’s Champions League fixtures.
Davide Zappacosta stole the show at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea strolled to an emphatic 6-0 triumph over Champions League new boys Qarabag. The full back who was signed from Torino on deadline day netted a screamer from 30 yards, leaving the Stamford Bridge faithfuls in awe of their new signing.
PSG's devastating trident, Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani too destroyed Celtic. The big spending French outfit scored five goals with each of their frontmen finding the net. They may have spent 400 million Euros at the transfer window but it looks like it won't go to waste. PSG's front three look devastating.
Romelu Lukaku’s purple patch continues, the Belgian has now scored 6 goals in 6 appearances in his debut season for Manchester United as the Red Devils eased past Basel with a 3-0 win.
Youngster Marcus Rashford added to his remarkable record of scoring on debuts netting the 3rd goal against Basel in his first Champions League game. The 19-year-old has now scored on his Premier League, League Cup, Europa League and Champions League debuts for Manchester United, as well as his England under-21s and senior debut. The only negative for United on the night was Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury which forced him off 19 minutes into the game.
Lionel Messi finally conquered Gianluigi Buffon as Barcelona overcome Juventus 3-0. The little magician scored in the 95th and 96th minute of the competition, his first ever against 39-year-old Buffon, who had kept him without a goal in three previous meetings. Messi now has 8 goals in 6 games across all competitions this season. Juventus eliminated Barcelona from last year’s quarterfinals en route to losing the final to defending champion Real Madrid.Bayern Munich recovered from Bundesliga loss to overcome 10-man Anderlecht. Off-color Bavarians secured a 3-0 triumph with an extra player for 80 minutes but it was not a convincing display. The German champions need an improved performance at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain a fortnight later.