In the biggest clash of the day, Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-0 at the Camp Nou, gaining a measure of revenge from Juventus’ quarterfinal victory over Barcelona last season. Lionel Messi scored two goals, the first time he had ever scored a goal against Gianluigi Buffon. For Barcelona it was another part of their great start to the season, for Juventus, it was a disappointing result, but they were shorthanded with injuries on the night, and with Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon the other two teams in the group, Juventus will still surely fancy themselves to make the knockout round if not win the group.
Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory at home over FC Basel, but the win was bittersweet, as Paul Pogba had to leave the game early due to injury. Pogba injured his hamstring early in the first half, and he had tried to play through it but eventually had to be subbed off. Pogba would be a huge loss for the Red Devils if he was out for any long period of time, he is ultra-talented, and United don’t have anyone that can come in and replicate what Pogba does for them.
PSG continued their hot start, rolling to a 5-0 victory over Celtic in Glasgow. PSG’s Big 3 of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani each scored again, and the Paris side wasn’t troubled much by the hosts. PSG Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi called the result the “ideal scenario” to start the Champions League campaign. PSG will surely meet stronger competition if they go where they want to in the Champions League, but this was definitely the start they wanted in Europe.
Leroy Sane is one of the many young highly talented attackers who is skilled and fun to watch. While Sane’s on the field decision making is top notch, off the field it seems, questionable. Raheem Sterling posted a picture on Instagram of Sane’s new tattoo, which takes up Sane’s whole back, and its of, well, himself. It’s a giant picture of Sane celebrating his goal against Monaco last year. Sane is German not American, but something tells me this is the kinda thing Alexi Lalas was talking about when he railed against young tattooed millionaires.
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