Tuesday, 21 September 2021 05:08 GMT

UEFA Champions League: Liverpool beat Milan City win nine-goal thriller


(MENAFN- NewsBytes) After an action-packed opening night in the UEFA Champions League matchday one, there was plenty of drama as Groups A to D were in action on Wednesday. Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-2 in the group of death. The other match in Group B saw Atletico and Porto draw their game (0-0). Meanwhile, Manchester City won a nine-goal thriller against 10-man RB Leipzig (Group A).

In this article
  • Liverpool prevail against Milan at Anfield
  • Salah equals Gerrard with this record for Liverpool
  • Salah misses rare penalty and other notable feats
  • Man City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 at home
  • Nkunku scores a hat-trick against City
  • Messi makes his 150th UCL appearance
  • What a night of football!
LIVMIL Liverpool prevail against Milan at Anfield

Liverpool started the game in frantic pace not giving Milan any room as the visitors were down 1-0. Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the opener. Liverpool dominated from there on before Milan stung them before half-time. Ante Rebic equalized with a brilliant first-time finish past Alisson. Milan scored another within minutes to stun Liverpool. After half-time, goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson helped the hosts.

Salah Salah equals Gerrard with this record for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah is now Liverpool's joint-highest scorer in UEFA Champions League games at Anfield. He netted his 14th UCL goal at Anfield which took him level with Steven Gerrard. Salah now has four goals in five appearances for Liverpool this season. He has raced to 129 goals for the Reds in 208 appearances.

LIV vs MIL Salah misses rare penalty and other notable feats

As per Opta, Salah has failed to convert a penalty for just the second time in 19 attempts for Liverpool. Prior to this, Salah had failed to score versus Huddersfield in October 2017. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have only lost one of their 13 group stage games in the UCL at Anfield (W10 D2). Meanwhile, there were just 110 seconds between Milan's goals.

Man City Man City beat RB Leipzig 6-3 at home

Last season's finalists Man City clinched the UCL opener 6-3 against German side RB Leipzig. It was a notable UCL debut for Jack Grealish. As per Opta, Grealish is the first Englishman to both score and assist on his UCL debut since Wayne Rooney versus Fenerbahçe in September 2004. City's Riyad Mahrez has scored five goals in his last five UCL appearances.

Nkunku Nkunku scores a hat-trick against City

Christopher Nkunku's hat-trick went in vain. However, Nkunku has become the first RB Leipzig player to score a UCL hat-trick. As per Opta, he is only the second player to score a hat-trick against City in the competition after Lionel Messi in October 2016. He is also the third player after Messi and Jamie Vardy (twice) to slam a hat-trick against Guardiola's City.

PSG Messi makes his 150th UCL appearance

In Group A, Paris Saint-Germain were held by Club Brugge (1-1), despite Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar starting for the French side. Messi made his 150th appearance in the Champions League, becoming only the third outfield player to reach this milestone in the competition after Cristiano Ronaldo (177) and Xavi (151). PSG mid-fielder Ander Herrera has now scored in four successive matches.

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