Kylian Mbappe struck twice Paris Saint Germain launched their latest quest for Champions League glory with victory over Juventus. The France international took just five minutes to put his side ahead after running on Neymar’s daring through ball and he doubled his score with just 22 minutes to go.
Juventus substitute Weston McKennie narrowed the deficit with a header in the 53rd minute after Mbappe squandered a great opportunity for the hosts and failed to cross the ball to the unmarked Neymar early in the second half.
“Mbappe played a great game and he is obsessed with goals,” said PSG manager Christophe Galtier. “Maybe he hasn’t seen Neymar, I don’t know.”
However, Juventus were unable to force the equalizer and slipped to a 2-1 defeat in Group H.
Both Mbappe and Galtier faced a backlash before the game for laughing off a question as to why the team took a private jet this weekend for a short trip to a game in Nantes.
“Are you serious to react like that???”, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted. “Wake up guys???”
Galtier and Mbappe, who were questioned during a press conference on PSG’s jet trip to Nantes on Monday, looked at each other and the World Cup winner burst out laughing when his coach responded with a joke.
“This morning we talked about it with the company that organizes our trips and we are investigating traveling on sand yachts,” Galtier said. When asked for his opinion on the matter, Mbappe said he had none.
A video of their comments immediately went viral, sparking angry reactions from social media users, environmentalists and ministers. Galtier later labeled his joke as “bad taste”.
PSG top their Champions League group by Benficawho won 2-0 at home against Maccabi Haifa thanks to goals from Rafa Silva and Alejandro Grimaldo, who scored the goal of the evening and curled a mind-boggling shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Marco Reus and Raphaël Guerreiro struck within seven minutes in the first half Borussia Dortmund en route to a 3-0 home win FC Copenhagen. England international Jude Bellingham scored the points with seven minutes to go and Copenhagen’s disappointment was complete when Rasmus Falk saw a late consolation play ruled out by the new semi-automatic VAR system.
Manchester City top Group G on goal difference after they beat Seville 4-0 away from home, with Erling Haaland scoring two more goals to continue his superb start to the season in front of goal.
RB Salzburg and Milan 1-1 draw in Austria after Alexis Saelemaekers undone Noah Okafor’s opener for the home side. Chelsea are bottom of Group E after their shocking 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.
Marian Shved scored twice like this Shakhtar Donetsk made their way to a 4-1 victory at RB Leipzig. Goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi handed Shved the opening goal when he stumbled over the ball outside his penalty area in the 16th minute and watched in horror as the attacker rolled the ball into the empty net.
Mohamed Simakan tied the score for Leipzig with 57 minutes to go, but Shved struck again within seconds before Mykhailo Mudryk and Lassina Traoré took the points. Shakhtar leads Group F with Real Madridwho overcame a nervous start to beat Celtic 3-0 in Glasgow.
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