Lazio’s Ciro Immobile scored against his former club Borussia Dortmund in a 3-1 home victory marking their return to the UEFA Champions League group phase after a 13-year absence on Tuesday.
Their second strike was credited as an own goal by goalkeeper Marwin Hitz.
Substitute Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro got the third as the Italians shrugged off poor form in the new Serie A season; to secure a winning start to their Group F campaign. Borussia Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Haaland kept up his prolific UEFA Champions League scoring form; with a second half goal to make it 2-1. But that was the German club’s only consolation.
Also, Juventus made a winning start in the Champions League on Tuesday as they defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0.
But it was all thanks to a pair of classic poacher’s goals from Alvaro Morata in their Group G opener. Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo enjoyed his first win as a manager in Europe’s elite club competition; which he won twice with AC Milan during his playing days as a midfielder.
Lionel Messi became the first player to score in 16 consecutive Champions League seasons; as he guided FC Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Hungarian side Ferencvaros.
Messi netted from the penalty kick spot in the first half for his 116th career goal in the competition. The lively Ansu Fati added a second, while Philippe Coutinho grabbed another goal early in the second half.
But defender Gerard Pique was dismissed for impeding Tokmac Nguen; leading to a penalty kick for the visitors that was converted by Igor Kharatin. Any thoughts of a dramatic comeback in the Group G opener were quashed, though; as 17-year-old Pedri netted his first Barcelona goal after arriving from second-tier Las Palmas at the start of the season.
Dembele added the fifth late on.
Also, Manchester United got their Champions League campaign underway in emphatic style. Marcus Rashford’s late goal earned them a 2-1 victory at Paris St-Germain (PSG).
The result handed the French champions their first group stage home defeat in 16 years. Rashford netted the winner three minutes from time.
His goal came 18 months after scoring the decisive goal in a 3-1 win at PSG which sent Manchester United into the quarter-finals after a 2-0 first leg home defeat. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side went ahead in the Group H encounter; with a twice-taken Bruno Fernandes first half penalty kick. Then, Anthony Martial’s own goal after the break gifted PSG the equalizer; before Rashford wrapped up the win with a precise low shot.
It was PSG’s first Champions League group stage defeat at the Parc des Princes in 25 games; having last lost 3-1 to CSKA Moscow in 2004.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s defence has come under intense scrutiny this season. But manager Frank Lampard was smiling after a goalless stalemate against Sevilla in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
Rennes 1 vs 1 Krasnodar
Lazio 3 vs 1 Borussia Dortmund
Barcelona 5 vs 1 Ferencváros
Chelsea 0 vs 0 Sevilla
RB Leipzig 2 vs 0 İstanbul Başakşehir
Dynamo Kyiv 0 vs 2 Juventus
Zenit 1 vs 2 Club Brugge