PARIS Saint-Germain’s new-look front three started their UEFA Champions League campaign in frightening fashion, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all on the board within 40 minutes at Celtic.
The Ligue 1 outfit won 5-0 at Celtic, joining Premier League champions Chelsea as big winners, with the Blues putting six past the Azerbaijan champions Qarabag at Stamford Bridge.
Lionel Messi broke a career hoodoo to finally score past Gianluigi Buffon - twice - in a 3-0 win over Juventus, while Bayern Munich and Manchester United also scored three times, at home to Anderlecht and Basel respectively.
However, United had to replace Paul Pogba inside 20 minutes, as he limped off with a hamstring niggle.
UCL Matchday 1 Scoreboard:
Chelsea 6 (Pedro 5, Zappacosta 30, Azpilicueta 55, Bakayoko 71, Batshuayi 76, Medvedev 82-og) v Qarabag 0
Roma 0 v Atletico Madrid 0
Olympiacos 2 (Pardo 90, 90+3) v Sporting Lisbon 3 (Doumbia 2, Martins 13, Fernandes 43)
Benfica 1 (Seferovic 50) v CSKA Moscow 2 (Vitinho 63-pen, Zhamaletdinov 71)
Manchester United 3 (Fellaini 35, Lukaku 53, Rashford 84) v FC Basel 0
Barcelona 3 (Messi 45, 69, Rakitic 56) v Juventus 0
Celtic 0 v Paris Saint-Germain 5 (Neymar 19, Mbappe 64, Cavani 40-pen, 85, Lustig 83-og)
Bayern Munich 3 3 (Lewandowski 12-pen, Alcantara 65, Kimmich 90) v Anderlecht 0
Cesar Azpilicueta, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Michy Batshuayi were all on the scoresheet in the second half to give Chelsea their joint biggest Champions League win.
Thiago Alcantara’s second-half strike helped an underwhelming Bayern Munich see off 10-man Anderlecht 3-0 in their opening Champions League group match on Tuesday.
After Robert Lewandowski converted an early penalty, Thiago turned the tie decisively Bayern’s way before Joshua Kimmich grabbed a late third at a sold-out Allianz Arena.
However, despite playing nearly 80 minutes with the numerical advantage following Sven Kums’s early dismissal, this was not a convincing display by Bayern against a limited Anderlecht side.
Neymar led Paris Saint-Germain to an emphatic 5-0 win at Celtic in the Champions League on Tuesday as the French side’s formidable attacking lineup tore the hosts’ defense to shreds.
The Group B match at Celtic Park was one-sided and PSG led 3-0 at halftime with goals from Neymar, France forward Kylian Mbappe and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani.
Defender Mikael Lustig scored an own goal with seven minutes left and Cavani completed the rout with a diving header.
Lionel Messi finally scored against goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-0 in their first match of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Messi grabbed his 95th and 96th goals in the Champions League, breaking the deadlock just before the end of the first half in the Group D game. After he had hit the post and played a part in Ivan Rakitic’s second goal, Messi beat Buffon again to round off the commanding win.
Messi’s goals were his first ever against the 39-year-old Buffon, who had kept him without a goal in three previous meetings.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he did not know how seriously Paul Pogba had injured himself after the France midfielder limped off during Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Basel.
Making his debut as United captain, Pogba lasted just 18 minutes of the Champions League group game before being forced off by an apparent left hamstring injury, with Marouane Fellaini taking his place.
Pogba abruptly pulled up in midfield, clutching the back of his left leg, and after being helped off the pitch by a United physio he showed his disgust by tossing his armband aside as he hobbled down the touchline.
“I don’t know obviously, but by experience, just by looking and feeling, it’s a hamstring,” Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford.
“Big, small, I don’t know.” Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and substitute Marcus Rashford scored as United marked their return to the competition with a straightforward win.
Atletico Madrid’s stated bid to finally break through and win the Champions League got off to a slow start with a scoreless draw at Roma on Tuesday.
Diego Simeone’s Spanish side had the majority of the chances - including one first-half effort that was cleared off the line by a defender - but was largely inaccurate in front of the goal.
Olympiakos conceded a goal after just 69 seconds of its Champions League campaign and went on to lose 3-2 to Sporting Lisbon at home in Group D on Tuesday.
Doumbia headed in Marcos Acuna’s free-kick, leaving the home side looking stunned for the rest of the game.
Olympiakos was outpaced by the Portuguese, with the home team’s recklessly forward-leaning defense again punished in the 13th minute when Gelson Martins burst through on goal and beat ‘keeper Stefano Kapino.
Sporting stayed on the attack and Bruno Fernandez made it 3-0 two minutes before the break.
Despite encouragement from the home fans, Olympiakos struggled to find a way back for most of the second half. Substitute Felipe Pardo rescued some pride for his team by scoring twice in the final minutes, but it was too little and too late to earn a point.