Champions League Round-Up: AC Milan stunned PSG to finally grab their first win in the competition, while Barca lost to Shakhtar Donetsk and let the chance to qualify for the knockout stage slip.
It was never a ‘home sweet home’ return for Gianluigi Donnarrumma as the prodigal son set his feet back in the San Siro. Donetsk shocked the away fans with a win over Barca at the Volksparkstadion. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s fans enjoyed a one-sided defeat for Newcastle when Borussia Dortmund claimed a comfortable win as Eddie Howie’s men looked nothing like the side that rocked the Premier League last weekend.
Champions League results
AC Milan beat PSG to leave Group of Death wide open.
AC Milan came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain in an entertaining night at San Siro.
PSG had an early goal and looked well set to cement their place at the top of the table when Milan Skriniar gave them the lead, but goals from Rafael Leao and Olivier Giroud turned the contest on its head.
Milan responded superbly after conceding early, with Leao acrobatically volleying home after Gianluigi Donnarumma – whom the fans of his former club had given a hot reception – had beaten away a shot from Giroud.
Kylian Mbappe came close to scoring for the away team, while Ousmane Dembele fired off the bar.
Milan snatched the win on 50 minutes when Giroud rose high to head home a superb cross from Theo Hernandez.
The win lifts Milan to five points, one behind PSG. Borussia Dortmund are the group leaders after beating Newcastle earlier in the day.
Shakhtar Donetsk shocked Barca
Group H was far from having the first team to qualify for the next stage. Catalan giants Barca needed only a draw to set their feet in the knockout stage with two games to spare, but Shakhtar rejected that idea.
The La Liga champions were highly disappointing in slipping to defeat at the Volksparkstadion.
Danylo Sikan’s header on 40 minutes was worthy of winning any game as Shakhtar opened up the group.
Shakhtar began brightly, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to stand tall to deny Mykola Matviyenko.
The Ukrainian side restricted Barca to shots from distance in the first half – Raphinha lashing over from 20 yards being the most notable effort – and it was no surprise when Shakhtar went ahead with a glorious goal.
Georgiy Sudakov played a raking cross-field pass to Giorgi Gocholeishvili, who whipped in a teasing cross from the right, and Sikan climbed high to head into the top corner.
Sikan had a huge chance to double Shakhtar’s lead when Oleksandr Zubkov slipped him in, but the legs of Ter Stegen kept out his effort.
Xavi’s feelings on Barca’s display was summed up when he threw on four substitutes – Pedri, Joao Felix, Lamine Yamal, and Alejandro Balde – shortly before the hour mark.
Barca improved following the changes but could not make the breakthrough, and Newerton thought he had sealed the win only to be flagged for offside.
It was a nervous finish, with seven minutes of added time, but Shakhtar held on for the win.
Pepe got on the scoresheet as Porto beat Royal Antwerp 2-0 to join Barca on nine points. Shakhtar have six points, while Antwerp remain pointless.
A one-sided game as Dortmund slumped Newcastle.
Newcastle United’s chances of qualification were dealt a crushing blow with a defeat at Borussia Dortmund.
After starting their Champions League campaign with a draw at AC Milan and a win over Paris Saint-Germain, The Magpies were beaten by Dortmund last month, and the German side did the double at Signal Iduna Park.
Niclas Fullkrug gave Dortmund the lead on 26 minutes, firing home from close range after Newcastle failed to make the clearance several times.
Newcastle could not find a response, and Julian Brandt sealed the win with a breakaway goal on 79 minutes.
The victory lifted Dortmund to seven points, while Newcastle are fourth in Group F on four points.
City booked the place in the knockout stage
Manchester City booked their place in the knockout stages with two games to spare following a 3-0 win over Young Boys.
Erling Haaland, the subject of debate on whether he should have won the Ballon d’Or, fired City in front from the spot on 31 minutes.
Phil Foden doubled the lead with a lovely, low finish on the stroke of half-time.
Haaland scored the game goal on 52 minutes, drilling a shot with his left foot into the top corner from 20 yards.
RB Leipzig won 2-1 at Crvena Zvezda to move onto nine points and join City in qualifying from Group G.
Atletico Madrid pulled a tennis-esque game against Celtic.
Celtic’s hopes of qualification were dealt a crushing blow with a 6-0 loss at Atletico Madrid.
Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata scored two goals apiece – Samuel Lino and Saul Niguez grabbed the other two – to leave The Bhoys on one point from four games.
The win lifted Atleti to the top of Group E with eight points.
Lazio beat Feyenoord thanks to a Ciro Immobile goal and are on seven points, one in front of the Dutch side.