The opening night of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage featured some exciting matches and standout performances.
Lazio drew 1-1 against Atlético de Madrid with goalkeeper, Ivan Provedel, scoring a dramatic last-minute header to secure a draw for his team. Despite dominating possession, Lazio initially fell behind when a shot deflected past Provedel. However, his late equalizer salvaged a point for the home side.
Feyenoord beat Glasgow Celtic 2-0 at home in a match filled with drama. Celtic received two red cards, saved a penalty, and conceded a second goal. Calvin Stengs’ free-kick put Feyenoord ahead before Alireza Jahanbakhsh sealed the win with a goal.
Paris St Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with a strong second-half display. Kylian Mbappé scored from the penalty spot, and Achraf Hakimi added another goal to secure the victory.
Newcastle United earned a hard-fought point in their first Champions League appearance since 2002/03 against AC Milan. Goalkeeper Nick Pope made crucial saves early in the match, and Marco Sportiello denied them a late winner.
The reigning champions, Manchester City, had to come from behind but secured a 3-1 win with a classy second-half performance against Crvena zvezda. Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez were among the goal-scorers for City.
RB Leipzig secured a win against Young Boys, with Xaver Schlager scoring the decisive goal. The match saw early goals from Mohamed Simakan and Meschack Elia before Schlager’s late strike secured the victory.
Barcelona dominated in their 5-0 win against group stage debutants Antwerp. João Félix and Robert Lewandowski were among the goal-scorers in a dominant display by Barcelona.
FC Porto got off to a strong start in their 3-1 against Shakhtar Donetsk, with Galeno scoring early in the match. Despite briefly being pegged back, Porto regained the lead and secured a comfortable win with goals from Mehdi Taremi and Galeno.hy
These matches provided an exciting start to the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stage, with several teams showcasing their quality and determination to perform on the big stage.