Closing of the Champions League: PSG held despite Messi’s record; Haaland again in song; Victories for Real, Chelsea, Juventus

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Haaland continues to score

That’s 19 goals in 12 games in all competitions for the former Borussia Dortmund star following his hat-trick in the recent derby win over Manchester United.

City have a 100% record in Group G after three games and need just two more points to seal their place in the last 16. To no one’s surprise, Haaland opened the scoring in seven minutes, slamming Joao Cancelo’s low cross with his right foot.

Real makes a clean sweep

Real makes a clean sweep

Elsewhere, Real Madrid have won three in as many games after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior netted in the first half as the defending champions maintained their perfect start in Group F.

Having converted just two of 35 shots on goal – mainly thanks to an inspired performance from Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin – Madrid hung on after Oleksandr Zubkov halved the deficit before the break.

Juventus win

Juventus win

Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot’s brace helped Juventus to a well-deserved 3-1 win over Maccabi Haifa, bolstering their hopes of progressing from Group H. The Bianconeri approached the game needing a win after European defeats successive against PSG and Benfica, and they hit the front thanks to Rabiot’s powerful first-half finish.

Angel Di Maria starred with a hat-trick of assists, including a sublime pass as Dusan Vlahovic doubled Juventus’ lead shortly after the break. Juventus were under pressure after Dean David raced to reduce the backlog, but Rabiot’s late header secured the points and eased the pressure on Massimiliano Allegri.

Chelsea opens an account

Chelsea opens an account

Earlier, Chelsea won their first game in Group E as goals from Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James sealed a resounding 3-0 victory over AC Milan. Graham Potter’s side had picked up just one point from their opening two games against Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb, but victory at Stamford Bridge against the Serie A champions reignited their bid to reach the knockout stages .

However, Celtic’s hopes of qualifying for the Round of 16 suffered another blow as they crumbled to a 1-2 loss to RB Leipzig following a howl from Joe Hart.

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