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UCL Rewind: PSG downs Juventus, Napoli shocks Liverpool, and more


Paris Saint-Germain remains one of the favorites to win the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League this season and Tuesday’s victory over Juventus was just the first of what should be several wins for the Ligue 1 giants.

Kylian Mbappe stole the show for PSG, scoring twice in a 2-1 Group H win over Juventus at the Parc Des Princes. The French international delivered a Man of the Match performance with two goals in a 17-minute span early in the first half to help pave the way for a PSG victory.

Mbappe needed only five minutes to kick off the scoring in Paris, rifling home a right-footed volley following Neymar’s over-the-top assist. Mattia Perin got two hands to Mbappe’s effort, but was unable to fully keep out the forward’s blistering shot.

Achraf Hakimi helped set up Mbappe’s second goal of the night, playing a one-two with the 23-year-old before Mbappe slotted home in the 22nd minute.

Juventus offered more offensively in the second half as U.S. men’s national team midfielder Weston McKennie rose highest to head home his first goal of the new season. Filip Kostic’s corner kick was finished by McKennie in the 53rd minute to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Gianluigi Donnarumma stood tall though for the remainder of the match, making three key saves to help preserve the win. Donnarumma denied Dusan Vlahovic’s header in the 55th minute before repelling international teammate Manuel Locatelli with a double-save in the 81st.

PSG hung on for its first three points of the new edition of the tournament while Juventus sits third in Group H.

Here is a closer look at the top results from Champions League action:

Napoli 4, Liverpool 1

(Piotr Zieliński 5′ pk’, 47′, Andre-Frank Anguissa 31′, Giovanni Simeone 44′) – (Luis Diaz 49′)

Liverpool suffered one of its largest recent defeats in Champions League play on Wednesday, losing 4-1 at Napoli at the Stadio Diego Maradona.

It was a rampant start for the Serie A hosts as Piotr Zielinski set the tone early for a Man of the Match performance. Zielinski’s penalty kick finish in the fifth minute helped give Napoli a 1-0 advantage and put Jurgen Klopp’s men under early pressure.

Despite Victor Osimhen missing a penalty kick in the 18th minute, Andre-Frank Anguissa doubled Napoli’s effort in the 31st minute. Anguissa played a one-two with Zielinski before beating Alisson to his near post for a 2-0 advantage.

Giovanni Simeone added Napoli’s third goal of the first half, arriving in the box to tap home Khvicka Kvaratskhelia’s cross in the 44th minute.

Zielinski added his second goal of the match in the 47th minute, truly icing the result for Luciano Spalletti’s squad. Luis Diaz added a consolation goal for Liverpool just two minutes after, but ultimately the Reds were embarrassed on Italian soil.

Napoli sits second in Group A while Liverpool is third.

Inter Milan 0, Bayern Munich 2

(Leroy Sane 25′, Danilo D’Ambrosio own goal 66′)

Bayern Munich claimed its first statement win of the new season with a 2-0 road win over Serie A side Inter Milan.

Leroy Sane played the hero for Bayern in the 29th minute, picking up a long ball pass from Joshua Kimmich before rounding Andre Onana and tapping into an empty net. It was Sane’s third goal of the season in all competitions.

Inter Milan forced Manuel Neuer into a strong save in the 50th minute as Edin Dzeko’s low drive was saved by the veteran goalkeeper. Bayern would make Inter Milan pay for missing that opportunity by doubling its advantage in the 66th minute.

Sane’s low drive deflected into the Inter Milan net off Danilo D’Ambrosio, giving the Germans a two-goal lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Bayern sits second in Group C while Inter is in third on goal differential.

Atletico Madrid 2, FC Porto 1

(Mario Hermoso 90+1′, Antoine Griezmann 90+11′) – (Mateus Uribe 90+6′)

Atletico Madrid thought it had wasted away a golden chance for three points at home on Wednesday, but a late winner from Antoine Griezmann helped Diego Simeone’s men avoid a poor result vs. 10-men FC Porto.

Griezmann’s header off a corner kick proved to be the difference as Atletico Madrid downed FC Porto 2-1 on home soil. It was a crazy ending to a frantic stoppage-time period, which included all three goals of the match.

Mario Hermoso’s deflected shot in the 91st minute looked to have been the deciding finish as Atletico snatched a late lead. Angel Correa’s pass allowed Hermoso to glide past an FC Porto defender before hitting a shot that deflected in past Diogo Costa.

Mateus Uribe equalized for Porto in the 96th minute after a corner kick hit Hermoso in the hand. VAR ruled in favor of the penalty kick and Uribe beat Jan Oblak to the bottom-right corner.

However, Griezmann played the hero for Atletico on the last play of the match, heading home at the far post after Axel Witsel flicked on a corner kick. It was Griezmann’s second-consecutive tournament scoring against FC Porto.

Here are all the remaining UCL results from Matchday 1:

Sevilla 0 – Manchester City 4

Dinamo Zagreb 1 – Chelsea 0

Red Bull Salzburg 1 – AC Milan 1

Celtic 0 – Real Madrid 3

RB Leipzig 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 4

Borussia Dortmund 3 – FC Copenhagen 0

Benfica 2 – Maccabi Haifa 0

Ajax 4 – Rangers 0

Club Brugge 1 – Bayer Leverkusen 0

Barcelona 5 – Viktoria Plzen 1

Eintracht Frankfurt 0 – Sporting Lisbon 3

Tottenham 2 – Marseille 0

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