PSG crush Bay­ern

Chelsea fight back to stun Atletico

Global Times - - Sports -

Ney­mar starred as Paris Saint-Ger­main (PSG) sent out a state­ment of in­tent with an im­pres­sive 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League vic­tory over Bay­ern Mu­nich on Wed­nes­day, while Michy Bat­shuayi grabbed an in­jury-time win­ner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.

It took PSG less than two min­utes to break the dead­lock in the Group B clash against Bay­ern, as world-record sign­ing Ney­mar teed up fel­low Brazil­ian Dani Alves to ham­mer home.

Bay­ern piled on the pres­sure but failed to take their chances, be­fore Edin­son Ca­vani fin­ished a sweeping coun­ter­at­tack with an ex­quis­ite strike into the top cor­ner.

Unai Emery’s men fin­ished off their visi­tors in the 63rd minute when Ney­mar pounced af­ter Kylian Mbappe had bam­boo­zled the Bay­ern de­fense.

PSG now lead the five-time cham­pi­ons by three points in the race to fin­ish top of Group B.

Atletico were handed the opener against English cham­pi­ons Chelsea when David Luiz need­lessly gave away a penalty and An­toine Griez­mann slot­ted past keeper Thibaut Cour­tois. But the Wanda Metropoli­tano was si­lenced as for­mer Real Madrid striker Al­varo Mo­rata headed in an ex­cel­lent Eden Haz­ard cross.

An­to­nio Conte’s men de­served all three points and snatched the win as Bel­gian sub­sti­tute Bat­shuayi struck a dra­matic win­ner with the last kick of the game.

Chelsea are now clear of Roma at the top of Group C by two points, af­ter the Ital­ians held on to beat Qarabag 2-1 in the early kick­off in Baku.

Three-time win­ners Manch­ester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to main­tain their un­beaten record in the Rus­sian cap­i­tal, with Romelu Lukaku con­tin­u­ing his ex­tra­or­di­nary start to life at the club with a brace.

The Bel­gian striker headed Jose Mour­inho’s visi­tors in front, be­fore An­thony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.

Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the sea­son be­fore half­time and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan scored the fourth be­fore a late con­so­la­tion from teenager Kon­stantin Kuchaev.

Last sea­son’s run­ners-up Ju­ven­tus strug­gled for long pe­ri­ods at home to Olympiakos, but even­tu­ally saw off their stub­born visi­tors 2-0 as Gon­zalo Higuain came off the bench to score. A brave ef­fort from Olympiakos was in vain as Mario Mandzu­kic bun­dled in a sec­ond.

Barcelona over­came a stut­ter­ing dis­play to edge out Sport­ing 1-0 in the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both wasted ex­cel­lent chances in the open­ing 45 min­utes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were for­tu­nate to score a 49th-minute win­ner through Se­bas­tian Coates’ own goal.

Barca lead Juve and Sport­ing by three points at the top of Group D.

Photo: VCG

Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Ney­mar (cen­ter) is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates Dani Alves (left) and Kylian Mbappe af­ter he scored against Bay­ern Mu­nich on Wed­nes­day in Paris.

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