Group A: PSG 3 v Leipzig 2; Brugge 1 v Man City 5
Group B: Atletico 2 V Liverpool 3; Porto 1 v AC Milan 0
Group C: Ajax 4 v Dortmund 0; Beskitas 1 v Sporting 4
Group D: Shaktar Donesk 0 v Real Madrid 5; Inter Milan 3 Sheriff 1.
Manchester City returned to winning ways in the Champions League with a resounding 5-1 victory at Club Brugge on Tuesday.
The Citizens were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain before the international break, but have at least ensured they’ve taken six points from a possible nine at the halfway stage in Group A, following a dominant display in Belgium.
Jack Grealish had the ball in the net after 10 minutes with a lovely dink over Simon Mignolet, but was adjudged to have pushed Clinton Mata and the goal was ruled out.
City had another strike disallowed soon after. Aymeric Laporte strayed offside from a free kick and his assist across goal for Rodri was chalked off.
Joao Cancelo did manage to legally give City the lead on the half-hour mark. Phil Foden dropped into midfield and played a superb pass over the top, and the Portugal full-back slotted the ball between Mignolet’s legs and into the net.
Pep Guardiola’s side were awarded a penalty in the dying embers of the first half when Stanley N’Soki clattered into Riyad Mahrez, and the Algerian made no mistake from the spot.
City continued carving Brugge open, and Kyle Walker put the win beyond doubt with a low strike just after the break.
Substitutes Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling compounded Brugge’s misery when they combined to add a fourth. Sterling broke clear down the left flank and picked out his 19-year-old teammate with ease, and he slotted it into the bottom corner for his first European goal.
Hans Vanaken pulled one back for the home side with ten minutes remaining following a decent spell of possession, poking a loose ball beyond Ederson’s reach.
In the other group A match, Messi scored a brace through a good drive in 69th minute and a penalty kick in 74th minute after Mbappe had opened scoring in 9th minute. Andre Silva scored for Leipzig in 28th minute while Nordi also scored 57th minute.
PSG tops the group with 7 points, City is 2nd with 6 points, 3rd is Brugge with 4 points while Leipzig is yet to get a point.
Mo Salah drove Liverpool to the top of Group B with a brace bagged in 8th minute a nd through a penalty and another goal from Keita in 13th minute to beat resilience Atletico at home in Madrid. It was a frenzy night for Antoine Griezmann who after scoring a brace in 20th and 34th minute saw red in 52nd minute.
In same group B, a lone strike from Luiz Diaz in 65th minute was all Porto needed to have home victory against AC Milan.
Thus Liverpool heads group B with maximum 9 points, Atletico and Porto have 4 points each while AC Milan has zero point.
Dutch team leads Group C with maximum 9 points after trouncing German club Dortmund 4-0. Rens started with own goal in 11th minute, Blind scored 25th minute; Antony made it 3 in 57th minute while Haller sealed it withth4th goal in 72nd minute.
Beskitas performed woefully at home losing to sporting 1-4 where Coates got a brace. So Dortmund places 2nd for now with 6 points after Ajax 9 points; Sporting is 3rd with 3 points and Beskitas has no point.
In group D, Shrif is surprisingly on top despite 1-3 loss to Inter Milan on Tuesday at San Siro. Sheriff has 6 points same with Real Madrid which defeated Shaktar in Moscow 5-0. Milan has 4 points.
On Wednesday (tomorrow)
Salzburg v Wolfburg 1745hrs; Barca v Dynamo 1745 hrs
Lille v Sevilla 2000 hrs; Man U v Atalanta 2000 hrs
Zenith v Juventus 2000 hrs; Benfica v Bayern 2000 hrs
Chelsea v Malmo 2000 hrs; Young Boys v Villareal 2000 hrs
Eniola Olatunji reporting.