By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League kicked off last night across several cities in Europe to empty stadiums because of the COVID-19 pandemic, something we are now getting used to, call it the new normal.
In Paris, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) hosted Manchester United and fell to a loss, as the Red Devils held their nerve to keep PSG stars Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria at bay.
Manchester United opened the scoring through their most common ways of scoring these days, a penalty taken twice by Bruno Fernandez.
PSG came back strong in the second half and equalised through an Anthony Martial own goal, but Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford struck late to ensure the three-time winners get all the three points.
Elsewhere, 10-man Barcelona scored five times at home to open their campaign with an easy win over Hungarian side Ferencvárosi.
Barca’s star player Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot, and this was followed by goals from Ansu Fati, Phillipe Coutinho, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembele. Ihor Kharatin pulled one for the visitors.
Here are the other results:
RB Leipzig 2 – 0 Istambul Basaksehir
Rennes 1 – 1 Krasnodar
Lazio 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea 0 – 0 Sevilla
PSG 1 – Man United
Barcelona 5 – 1 Ferencvárosi
Zenit 1 – 2 Club Brugge
Dynamo Kyiv 0 – 2 Juventus
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