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Football | Champions League 23/24 | Matchday 2 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Newcastle put four past Paris Saint-Germain
  • Manchester City return to winning ways
  • Defeats for Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic
Europe – Matchweek 2 of the Champions League saw a remarkable result for Newcastle United who defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4-1.


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Outstanding result for Newcastle

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Champions League football returned to St James’ Park in dramatic style as Newcastle United defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 in a historic night.

Miguel Almiron gave the home side the lead after a mix-up at the back by PSG. The Magpies soon doubled their lead when Dan Burn headed in from Bruno Guimaraes‘ cross.

Kieran Trippier played in Sean Longstaff who fired through Gianluigi Donnarumma to make it three early in the second half. PSG got one back through a Lucas Hernandez header. However, the victory was secured when Fabian Schar fired into the top corner from outside the box.

It was a game that will live long in the memory of Newcastle supporters. Eddie Howe‘s side now top Group F and they face Borussia Dortmund next in the competition.


Zaha returns to haunt United

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Wilfried Zaha endured a difficult time as a Manchester United player where he made just four first-team appearances. However, on his return to Old Trafford in Galatasaray’s colours, he showed his former supporters what he can still do.

United took the lead when Marcus Rashford‘s cross was headed in by Rasmus Hojlund. Zaha then equalised with a shot into the ground that looped over Andre Onana.

Hojlund had a goal disallowed for offside before he put the Red Devils ahead again with an impressive solo effort. Galatasaray pegged back Eric ten Hag‘s side again with a goal from Kerem Akturkoglu.

Casemiro was then sent off for a second bookable offence in the box before the Turkish side missed a chance to go ahead when Mauro Icardi fired the resulting penalty wide. The Argentine did not take long to make amends as he claimed the 3-2 victory for his side with a chipped finish over Onana.


Manchester City back to winning ways

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Manchester City had gone into this game on the back of two successive defeats. However, Pep Guardiola was not going to allow his side’s bad form to continue for long as they defeated RB Leipzig 3-1 at Red Bull Arena.

Phil Foden gave City a first-half lead with a strike from Rico Lewis’ cutback. The home side equalised soon after the break as Lois Openda finished into the bottom corner.

Erling Haaland missed a number of chances for City but his strike partner Julian Alvarez was on hand to put them back in front with a curling effort into the top corner in the 84th minute. The three points were secured in added time when Alvarez played in Jeremy Doku who made it three.

Guardiola’s side are top of Group G with two wins from two games. They face the Swiss side BSC Young Boys next in the tournament.

Other British sides in action

Arsenal lost 2-1 to Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Gabriel Jesus had given the Gunners the lead but goals from Adrien Thomasson and Elye Wahi won it for the French side.

Celtic also suffered defeat as they lost 2-1 at home to Lazio. Pedro‘s winner in the 95th minute claimed all three points for the Italian side.

Predictions vs. actual results:

Rob’s prediction Actual result
Man United 1-1 Galatasaray Man United 2-3 Galatasaray
Lens 0-2 Arsenal Lens 2-1 Arsenal
Newcastle 2-1 PSG Newcastle 4-1 PSG
RB Leipzig 2-1 Manchester City RB Leipzig 1-3 Manchester City
Celtic 1-1 Lazio Celtic 1-2 Lazio