UCL review: Liverpool edge thriller against Atlético Madrid; Messi’s brace rescues PSG; Real Madrid run riot over Shakhtar Donetsk

(Football news) The UEFA Champions League never fails to entertain fans all around the world and yesterday was no different. It was a day of incredible individual feats as Mohamed Salah became the first Liverpool player to score in 9 consecutive matches. Karim Benzema became the joint 4th top goalscorer in the history of Real Madrid.

Manchester City pushed Club Brugge aside with a 5-1 victory. Joao Cancelo broke the deadlock in the 30th minute set up by Phill Foden. Riyad Mahrez doubled the lead right before half time after winning and scoring a penalty. Kyle Walker and 19-year-old academy graduate Cole Palmer scored to make it 4-0 to Manchester City. Brugge did get a goal back through Hans Vanaken. Riyad Mahrez completed his brace in the 84th minute as Manchester City won 5-1.

PSG won a 5-goal thriller against RB Leipzig at home. After just 9 minutes, Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a thunderous right footed strike. In the 28th minute Andre Silva equalised for Leipzig after being set up by Angelino. Nordi Mukiele gave his side the lead 12 minutes into the second half. Mbappe continued to cause Leipzig problems as he set up Lionel Messi's equaliser and also won a penalty which the Argentine converted. Mbappe later had an opportunity in injury time to put the game to bed but he blasted his spot kick over the bar. 

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Liverpool won a UCL classic at the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético Madrid. The Reds scored twice via James Milner and Naby Keita before 13 minutes. Atletico Madrid then took control of the game and started to attack more. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in 14 minutes to make it 2-2. The Frenchman's joy was halted in the 52nd minute when the referee showed him a straight red card for a high boot. Atletico Madrid came very close to going in front a few times, forcing Allison to make a couple of very good saves. Mario Hermoso gave away a clumsy penalty which Salah converted to put Liverpool back in front. Atletico were given a penalty in the dying minutes of the game but VAR overturned the decision and the game ended 3-2.

Real Madrid dismantled Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos’ front three of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo were all on the scoresheet. The trio combined for a total of 16 shots, 8 key passes, 4 goals, 2 assists in the game. After an initial dominance of possession, Shaktar completely lost their hold on the game as Real Madrid's iconic midfield of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric proved to be too good for them. Carlo Ancelotti before the game said that the time for experiments is done and it was a result that backed his comments.


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