UEFA 2018/19: Liverpool and Inter win late, Messi scores hat-trick

UEFA 2018/19: Liverpool and Inter both won in added time, while Lionel Messi opened his campaign with a hat-trick.

GROUP A

Monaco 1-2 Atletico Madrid

Samuel Grandsir put Monaco in front, only for Diego Costa and Jose Maria Gimenez to give the visitors an advantage they would not surrender.

Club Brugge 0-1 Dortmund

This had seemed set to end in stalemate, but Christian Pulišić came off the bench and struck the winner with five minutes remaining – on his 20th birthday, too

GROUP B

Inter 2-1 Tottenham

Christian Eriksen’s deflected first-half effort looked like being enough until Mauro Icardi’s thumping volleyed equaliser late on. Matías Vecino then headed Inter’s winner two minutes into added time.

Barcelona 4-0 PSV

Messi’s superb hat-trick – his record-breaking eighth in the competition – helped the hosts to an emphatic victory. The gloss was only slightly taken off by the second-half dismissal of Samuel Umtiti. 

GROUP C

Liverpool 3-2 Paris

Last season’s runners-up glided into a 2-0 lead, only for Paris to level through Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappé. Liverpool were not to be deterred, though, Roberto Firmino’s fine low finish earning maximum points.

Crvena Zvezda 0-0 Napoli

The group stage debutants had a string of fine saves from Milan Borjan to thank for an opening-night point against Carlo Ancelotti’s men. 

GROUP D

Schalke 1-1 Porto

Breel Embolo’s strike midway through the second half put Schalke ahead, but Porto – who had spurned a first-half spot kick – pulled level through Otávio’s penalty 15 minutes from time.

Galatasaray 3-0 Lokomotiv Moskva

Garry Rodrigues, Eren Derdiyok and Selçuk İnan – the last with a penalty deep in added time – found the net as Galatasaray opened with a win despite a late red card for Badou Ndiaye.

Source:@UEFA

Also Read: UEFA Nations League: all you need to know

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