Paris Saint-Germain has won the first game in the new season of the Champions League. After a flashy opening phase against Juventus, it became 2-1 for the Parisians. In the same pool, Benfica has an easy evening against Maccabi Haifa. In Group E, AC Milan is tied in Austria against Salzburg.
PSG started with the three superstars Lionel Messi, Kyllian Mbappe and Neymar as an attacking trio. Behind them there was room for Vitinha, the new purchase kept other acquisitions such as Fabián Ruiz and Carlos Soler on the bench. At Juventus, Leandro Paredes started in the base. The Argentinian midfielder is hired from PSG by the Italians. There was also a base place for Arkadiusz Milik at Juventus.
The Parisians were welcomed by a beautiful fireworks show from the public at the Parc des Princes and just as flashy as the fireworks, PSG also started the competition. After just six minutes of play, Neymar gave a beautiful hand ball from the midfield on the passing Mbappe. The French superstar shot 1-0 with a delightful volley. PSG continued to keep pressure on the game and also doubled the score in the twentieth minute. Through a nice two with Achraf Hakimi, it is again Mbappe who was allowed to finish and his team comfortably entered halftime.
After the break, PSG continued to play offensive football, but Juventus eventually took advantage and made the 2-1. After an error of judgment by Donnarumma, it was American Weston McKennie who headlined Filip Kostics cross. When the connection goal for Juventus was made, the odds went up and down afterwards. Dusan Vlahovic and Mbappe still got big chances, but both teams did not score anymore.
Donnarumma doesnt do this very conveniently 🤔 Weston McKennie takes advantage and makes it exciting again 😲 #ZiggoSport #UCL #PARJUV pic.twitter.com/erVtNZrO5P
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) September 6, 2022
Benfica – Maccabi Haifa: 2-0
Coach Roger Schmidts team competed against Israeli Maccabi Haifa in the first game of the billion-dollar ball. At Benfica, David Neres started in the base, he was switched after 64 minutes for other former honorary divisionist Fredrik Aursnes. In the first half, Benfica showed all the better of the game, but only in the fiftieth minute there was a score. Rafa Silva made the first one for the Portuguese at Grimaldos instructions. Four minutes later, the Spaniard was allowed to wonderfully double the score himself. Schmidts team was no longer in danger and won the match.
Red Bull Salzburg – AC Milan: 1-1
AC Milan visited Austria on Tuesday evening during the return at the highest European level. After 28 minutes, the Italians fell behind after a goal by Swiss striker Noa Okafor. In the fortieth minute, AC Milan does something back through Alexis Saelemakers who was allowed to start in the base alongside compatriot Charles de Ketelaere. The former was allowed to sign for the equaliser after an assist from Rafael Leão. After that, both teams were unable to score, so the points were dealt.