UCL Roundup: Messi inspires Barca to a fine start

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The opening night of the Champions League group stages went very much to script with 28 goals scored.

Barcelona showed no mercy with an inspirational two goals from Lionel Messi , putting Juventus to the sword. Rakitic also scored ten minutes in to the second bringing the feeling of deja vu from the 2014/15 UEFA final.

In Group B clash Celtic found a rampant PSG too hot to handle and went down 5-0 with a Cavani header sealing the deal for the French side late on. Neymar opened the scoring with Kylian Mbappe also netting on his debut European match for PSG.

The champions of England, Chelsea ran riot at Stamford Bridge when they handed Qarabag a heavy 6-0 defeat.

A Goal from Pedro gave the hosts an early lead before Zappacosta doubled the tally. Tiemoue Bakayoko added another on the 71st minute mark. Mitchy Batshuayi rounded up with a brace with 18 minutes left on the clock.

At Old Trafford, Manchester United returned to the champions league with a bang when they eased to a 3-0 victory over Swiss side FC Basel.

Fellaini went on target in the first half before Lukaku and Marcus Rashford completed the triumph in the second half.

UEFA Champions League Results

Group A

Benfica 1 – 2 CSKA Moscow

Manchester United 3 – 0 Basel

Group B

Bayern Munich 3 – 0 Anderlecht

Celtic 0 – 5 Paris Saint Germain

Group C

Chelsea 6 – 0 Qarabag FK

Roma 0 – 0 Atletico Madrid

Group D

Barcelona 3 – 0 Juventus

Olympiacos 2 – 3 Sporting CP