UCL: Ruthless PSG Crush Celtic To Set New Record, Atletico Beat 10-Man Roma As Basel Shock United
French champions Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Celtic 7-1 at the Parc des Princes to set a new club record UEFA Champions League victory. Neymar and Edinson Cavani both scored twice in the rout.
Celtic went ahead after just 57 seconds when Mousa Dembele flicked in a near shot at the post, and shocked the home side with the first goal they conceded in the group stage.
A point would have guaranteed a spot in the Europa League for Celtic, but Neymar quickly equalized, sent the home side ahead, before Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe scored to make it four before half time.
In the second half, PSG were happy to control the game but added a fifth through Marco Verratti towards the end of the match, and Cavani and Dani Alves made it six, then seven. PSG will have to wait to confirm their place at the top of the table, but their goal difference lead looks insurmountable, while Celtic also face a wait over their third place finish.
Moments later, Dani Alves completed the scoring. The Brazilian hit a dipping shot that Gordon couldn’t get to and continued what has been a free-scoring group stage for the French side. For Celtic it was another heavy defeat but their hopes of reaching the Europa League remain high after Anderlecht lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in the other group game.
Michael Lang scored the only goal as FC Basel shocked Manchester United in Group A of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. The 1-0 defeat at St. Jakob-Park means United will have to wait to qualify for the last 16.
United failed to impress on a night when they lacked ingenuity in attacking areas, despite playmaker Paul Pogba and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic both featuring in the match. United boss Jose Mourinho swapped out Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata for Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini.
Meanwhile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was again left out of the squad altogether, after also missing the 4-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.
Atletico Madrid have kept their faint hopes of a Champions League knockout place alive thanks to a 2-0 win over Roma at the Wanda Metropolitano. Both sides were quick out of the starting blocks and traded half-chances from the off, with plenty of possession and quick football in an entertaining start to the contest.
On 24 minutes, Yannick Carrasco fired a low ball across the Roma goal, with both Koke and Antoine Griezmann stretching to divert it goalwards, but neither connected as the chance went amiss.
Atletico had the ball in the back of the net just before the break through a deflected shot, but the referee had already blown his whistle for a Roma free kick after the ball struck the arm of Augusto Fernandez in the build-up.
With Los Colchoneros desperate to break the deadlock and keep their slender Champions League hopes alive, they turned the screw and weighed in with numerous chances against the Giallorossi after the break.