Alexis Sanchez scored in the second half to help Arsenal salvage a 1-1 draw atParis Saint-Germain, who were left to rue multiple missed chances after scoring in the first minute of their Champions League opener.

It took only 42 seconds for Edinson Cavani to head the French champions in front, but the Uruguayan missed three more clear opportunities on the night before Sanchez’s 77th-minute equaliser.

There would be no more goals, but there was some late drama as Giroud and Marco Verratti came together in stoppage time and both received their second yellow cards — ruling them out of Matchday 2.


Barcelona opened their Champions League group stage campaign in fine fashion as Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Neymar assisted on four goals in a 7-0 thrashing of Celtic at the Camp Nou.

Messi opened the scoring for the hosts in the third minute, but Celtic then wasted a dream chance to equalise when Moussa Dembele saw a penalty saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen.

Minutes later, Messi toe-poked home for his second goal and it was 3-0 less than five minutes after the break, as Neymar curled a free kick over the Celtic wall and past De Vries from 20 yards out.

Next up for Barcelona was Andres Iniesta, who came on for Ivan Rakitic at half time, and the Spain international made no doubt when he smashed a volley home from 10 yards away following a cross by Neymar to make it 4-0.

Messi had his hat trick a minute later to make it 5-0, as he tapped home a pass from Suarez from close range before the Uruguayan added two late strikes to seal a memorable victory.

The other game in Group C, Manchester City‘s clash with Borussia Monchengladbach, will be played at a later date after it was postponed because of torrential rain.


Midfielder Joshua Kimmich continued his goal rush as he claimed a double inBayern Munich‘s 5-0 Champions League demolition of FC Rostov.

The 21-year-old took his tally for club and country to four goals in three games, having only scored his first for his club against Schalke on Friday, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men romped to a record 13th successive home victory in the competition.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Thomas Muller extended the lead in added-time at the end of the first half, but it was Kimmich who wrapped up the first three points of his side’s Group D campaign with a brace inside seven second-half minutes before substitute Juan Bernat added a fifth at the death.

Elsewhere in Group D, Atletico Madrid‘s bid to reach a third Champions League final in four years got off to a winning start with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven.

Saul Niguez’s acrobatic strike just before half-time settled an eventful encounter at the Philips Stadion as Atletico claimed a valuable away win.

PSV had the chance to net an immediate equaliser after winning a hugely controversial 45th-minute penalty, but Andres Guardado saw his spot-kick superbly saved by Jan Oblak.

Arkadiusz Milik scored twice as Napoli came from behind to beat 10-manDynamo Kiev in Group B.

Denys Garmash had put the Ukrainians ahead in 26th minute, who had Serhiy Sydorchuk sent off with just over 20 minutes to play.

Talisca’s 93rd-minute goal snatched a late point for Besiktas in a 1-1 draw against Benfica, in the other Group B game.

The Portuguese side had taken a 12th-minute lead through Franco Cervi.

The other game in Group A saw Renato Steffen rescue a point for Basel as they drew 1-1 with Ludogorets, who had led courtesy of Jonathan Cafu’s 45th-minute goal.

That leaves everything square following Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with PSG.

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Culled from ESPNFC