by on September 19, 2021
Lionel Messi failed to spark Paris Saint-Germain on his first start as the Ligue 1 side were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in their Champions League opener. Messi hit the woodwork but was otherwise far from his brilliant best alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, despite the feverish anticipation of 'MNM' taking to the pitch together for the first time. Ander Herrera put PSG ahead in the first half but Mauricio Pochettino's side lacked quality and defensive focus against a Brugge team who levelled before the break through Hans Vanaken and had the better chances in the game. PSG made a confident start, with Mbappe's cross met by Herrera in the 15th minute. Messi set up Mbappe, who went close in the 23rd minute with an angled shot that was deflected by Simon Mignolet, but PSG were lulled into a false sense of security. On a sharp attack, the visitors' defence was overwhelmed on the right side and after a late run into the box, Vanaken connected with Eduard Sobol's cutback to beat Keylor Navas after 27 minutes. Messi hit the woodwork with a fine curling shot from the edge of the box before Brugge threatened again as Vanaken forced Navas into a diving save with a low free-kick. The keeper was made to work again to tip Charles De Ketelaere's rising shot over the bar before half-time. Danilo replaced Leandro Paredes as PSG's holding midfielder while Julian Draxler took over from Georginio Wijnaldum in a roving role after the break. PSG suffered a blow six minutes into the second half when Mbappe limped off the pitch after taking a knock on his ankle and was replaced by Mauro Icardi. Messi had PSG's first chance of the second half 20 minutes from time with an angled shot before picking up a yellow card, but Brugge did more than enough to claim a point. Jude Bellingham produced an inspired individual performance as he scored one goal and set up the other to help Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 win at Besiktas in their Group C opener. The 18-year-old England ทีเด็ดบอลชุด midfielder fired the visitors ahead with a fine finish in the 20th minute and left his marker flat-footed to set up striker Erling Haaland for the second on the stroke of half-time. Centre-back Francisco Montero pulled one back for the home side deep into stoppage-time. Besiktas dominated the opening stages as Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel tipped over a Michy Batshuayi shot but his opposite number Ersin Destanoglu was the busier of the two for the rest of the contest. Destanoglu was powerless as Dortmund took the lead when Bellingham capped a classy move with a clinical first-time shot through the goalkeeper's legs after Thomas Meunier volleyed a long cross-field pass into the youngster's stride. Haaland missed a sitter as he blazed over from close range and Destanoglu twice denied Marco Reus before Bellingham produced another moment of fine individual skill on the left flank to give Haaland the simple task of tapping into an empty net. Bellingham was further denied by Destanoglu having beaten two markers with another mazy run and though Besiktas scored a consolation as Montero beat Kobel with a thumping header, Dortmund and Bellingham had done the necessary damage.
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