Goals 101, 102 and 103: Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a clear victory at the start of the Champions League season. Inter turned the game against Tottenham in injury time.
FC Barcelona started the new Champions League season with a sovereign victory. On the first matchday of Group B, the Spanish champions won 4:0 (1:0) against PSV Eindhoven. Lionel Messi scored three times (32nd minute/77th/88th), Ousmane Dembélé took the lead in the 75th minute after a nice single action. Barcelona takes the lead of the standings with their success.
Eindhoven, who had last won the domestic league 6-1 and 7-0, limited themselves to countering. Former Barça star Mark van Bommel’s team even had a chance in the early stages, but Gastón Pereiro was too imprecise (8th) after a failed attempt by Sergi Roberto to clarify the situation. Then the hosts increased the pressure in front of 70,000 spectators in Camp Nou. The logical consequence was a 1-0 win, with Messi taking a 20-metre free-kick into the upper right corner (32nd).
Ousmane Dembélé Honours
- DFB-Pokal: 2016–17
- La Liga: 2017–18
- Copa del Rey: 2017–18
- Supercopa de España: 2018
- FIFA World Cup: 2018
- UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year: 2015–16
- UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
- Bundesliga Rookie of the Season: 2016–17
- Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17
After the re-start, Barcelona initially handled his chances lightly. The 160 million transfer Philippe Coutinho shot the ball well over the goal from a promising position (52nd), only five minutes later the Brazilian international failed after a strong parade against PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet (57th). It was Dembélé who saved Barça with a precise long-range shot (75th). For the former Dortmund player, who was thrown back by injuries in his debut season, it is already the fifth compulsory goal of the current season.
Messi then scored 102 and 103 goals in the Champions League to ensure an even higher result. This puts the 31-year-old in second place in the eternal rankings behind his permanent rival Cristiano Ronaldo (120 goals).
Inter – Tottenham 2-1 (0-0)
Internazionale fans have been waiting six years for their team to return to the Champions League. And the Champions League was spectacular: Two late goals against the Spurs made the Milanese fans cheer. First, top striker Mauro Icardi scored with a wonderful equaliser when he took a cross from Kwadwo Asamoah volley and shot the ball from a good 20 metres into the goal (86). In injury time, Matías Vecino even scored the winning goal (90+2.). Sportingbet offer generous bonuses for their new players.
For a long time, Inter had looked like the deserved loser. After a disappointing first half, it was the Spurs who had their chances. At Christian Eriksen’s 0:1, there was still a lot of luck; Inter-Keeper Samir Handanovic fended off a Danish shot, Eriksen’s second attempt was then decisively deflected by defensive boss Miranda (53rd). But then the visitors missed good opportunities to score 2-0, among others Erik Lamela failed twice (56th, 62nd). For Inter, Matteo Politano (47th) and Antonio Candreva (82nd) had become dangerous, but there were no real urges. Then came Icardi and Vecino.
With the last-minute victory Inter has a good starting position for the next games. Behind top favourite Barcelona Tottenham is the big competitor in the fight for second place.