The Champions League resumed on Tuesday night with no shortage of action in an evening which saw 35 goals fly in across the eight matches.
The match of the night arguably came in the French capital, where Paris Saint-Germain played out an enthralling encounter against RB Leipzig with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi both finding the net in a comeback victory for the hosts.
Both sides were left chasing Manchester City in the group after Pep Guardiola’s side had recorded a convincing 5-1 victory earlier in the evening at Club Brugge.
Other English attention was in Liverpool ’s group as Porto saw off Milan, while there were also big wins for Real Madrid, Ajax and Inter in entertaining clashes.
Here are five things we learned from Tuesday night’s action.
Messi goals save unconvincing PSG
An early goal from Kylian Mbappe had looked to put a Neymar-less PSG on course for a routine victory over RB Leipzig, who had lost each of their opening two group games.
Yet Jesse Marsch’s Bundesliga outfit deservedly turned the game on its head with punch counter-attacks and cutting through an incohesive home side.
Andre Silva levelled before the break before Nordi Mukiele gave the visitors a deserved lead ten minutes after half-time.
Up step Messi.
The Argentine genius has yet to score in Ligue 1 for his new club but he got his second Champions League goal by finishing off a delivery from Mbappe and then coolly delivering a Panenka-style penalty past Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
It was a harsh decision to award the penalty for a collision between the Leipzig defender but Messi made Leipzig pay the full price.
These nights are why they signed him, and he is delivering.
He signed the night off by passing up the chance of a hat-trick by allowing Mbappe to take a late penalty, but the Frenchman was thwarted from the spot by Gulacsi.
Superb Vinicius grabs headlines for Madrid
Vinicius Junior scored twice in a virtuoso performance as Real Madrid breezed to a four-goal victory at Shakhtar Donestk.
An unfortunate own goal from Sergey Krivtsov had given the visitors the lead at the end of a forgettable first half but Madrid stormed clear in the second period.
A superb flowing team move saw Vinicius give Madrid the lead before he scored his second and Madrid’s third with an outstanding solo effort.
Vinicius then turned provider for his compatriot Rodrygo Goes to add a fourth in a Man of the Match performance, before Karim Benzema scored a late fifth.
It was hugely convincing from Madrid against a home side who did not show up.
Haller record continues as Ajax blow away Dortmund
Former West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller was on target again for Ajax to score his sixth goal in the Champions League group stage.
This was arguably the standout performance from any side on the night, with Borussia Dortmund – who reached last season’s quarter finals – torn apart.
An early own goal from Marco Reus set the tone for a game in which Ajax dominated as Daley Blind and Anthony both netted before Haller added a fourth.
It means Ajax have nine points from nine in the group, with Dortmund’s position a little more precarious – they are just three points clear of Sporting CP, who impressively won 4-1 at Besiktas earlier in the evening.
Inter chase Sheriff out of town
Moldovan champions FC Sheriff Tiraspol are the story of this season’s Champions League group stages, no matter what happens.
Having beaten Shakhtar Donestk and then stunningly won away to Real Madrid last time out, it was third time unlucky for them at Inter.
This was the Italian side’s first victory of the group stage with Edin Dzeko, Arturo Vidal and Stefan de Vrij all on target for Simone Inzaghi’s side.
Sebastien Thill – who scored the stunning last-minute winner in Madrid – was on target again for the visitors here with an expert long-range free-kick.
Milan on the brink
Liverpool are in total command of their group but, after just three matches of the group stage, Milan are staring down the barrel of elimination.
Back in the Champions League for the first time since 2014, they went down by one-goal margins against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid before their narrow loss in Portugal on Tuesday.
Luis Diaz’s strike midway through the second half was enough for Sergio Conceicao’s side, who are now breathing down the necks of Atleti for second place.Read More Read More