Neymar treble sends PSG top

UEFA Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 Istanbul Basaksehir

Paris Saint-Germain registered an emphatic 5-1 victory Istanbul Basaksehir to claim top spot in Group H in a rescheduled fixture in Paris.

Initially set for Tuesday, the match was stopped in the 24th minute due to an alleged racist incident involving the fourth official and Basaksehir’s assistant coach Pierre Webo.

The match was replayed with a new set of match officials, PSG hit the ground running with a hat-trick from Neymar Junior and a brace from Kylian Mbappe.

Basaksehir’s sole reply came in the earlier phases of the second half through Mehmet Topal, which proved little as PSG ran riot in Paris.

FC Midtjylland 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool finished on top of Group D in the UEFA Champions League following a 1-1 draw against FC Midtjylland on Wednesday evening.

The Reds opted to rotate as only Caoimhin Kelleher, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota survived from the win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leighton Clarkson was handed his continental debut.

With top spot in the group up for grabs, Salah gave the visitors an ideal start just after kick-off and would see the sixth-time European champions carry the lead into halftime.

The tournament debutants Midtjylland were back level from the penalty spot through Alexander Scholz in the 62nd minute after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) overturned a foul in the area by Kelleher.

Amidst constant attacking from the two sides, it finished level-pegging with the Reds cementing top spot nonetheless as Midtjylland bid farewell to Europe’s elite.

Ajax Amsterdam 0-1 Atalanta

Ajax Amsterdam missed out on the knockout stages through a 1-0 loss against Atalanta in Group D’s other clash in Amsterdam.

Ajax needed a win to join Liverpool in the next phase and were eager to avoid last season’s heartbreak, thus pulled in Noussair Mazraoui, Antony and gave Brian Brobbey his debut.

As talks of a fallout between Alejandro Gomez and Gian Piero Gaspierini gathered steam pre-match, the former did start alongside Duvan Zapata.

Ajax were down to ten players after Ryan Gravenberch (79’) was sent packing for a second bookable offence, prompting Luis Muriel (85’) to go and bag the winner and second place for his side.

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