Paris Saint Germain (France), with Lionel Messi as the starter, lost today as a visitor to Manchester City (England) by 2 to 1, but anyway they went along with their winner to the round of 16 of the European Champions League, at the completion of the fifth and penultimate date of the group stage.
PSG, in which Leandro Paredes also started and joined the complement Ángel Di María, had taken the lead with a goal from Kylian Mbappé after a good play by Messi, Neymar and Ander Herrera at 5m into the second stage.
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Pep Guardiola’s team, which was notoriously superior in the first half but ended up winning it at the moment of greatest parity in the game, turned it around with goals from Raheem Sterling (18m ST) and Brazilian Gabriel Jesús (31m ST).
Manchester City secured first place in group A with 12 points and PSG, second with 8.
In the other meeting this Wednesday in this area, Leipzig (Germany) thrashed away Bruges (Belgium) by 5 to 0, they were tied in third place with four units and will define the qualification for the Europa League on the last day.
In group D, Inter (Italy), who with Lautaro Martínez as the starter and the entry of Joaquín Correa beat Shakhtar (Ukraine) 2-0; and Real Madrid, who won as a visitor over Sheriff (Moldova) by 3 to 0, kept the tickets to the next instance.
Bosnian Edin Dzeko scored both goals for the Interista victory, while Madrid’s goals came from Austrian David Alaba, German Tony Kroos and Frenchman Karim Benzemá.
Those from Moldova were third and will join the Europa League, and the Ukrainian team was eliminated.
In group C, Ajax (Netherlands), with Nicolás Tagliafico and Lisandro Martínez, secured first place by defeating Besiktas (Turkey) as a visitor 2-1.
Ajax’s two goals were from Ivorian Sebastien Heller after assists from the Argentines (Tagliafico the first and Martínez the remainder). Rachid Ghezzal scored a penalty for the Turks.
And in B, finally, Atlético de Madrid (Spain), led by “Cholo” Diego Simeone, with Rodrigo de Paul from the start and the entry of Ángel Correa in the final part, suffered a painful home defeat against Milan ( Italy), by 1 to 0, goal of Messias.
The “Colchonero” and the Italians were last with 4 points, both one below Porto (Portugal), which today lost 2-0 to the unstoppable Liverpool (ideal score with 15 of 15).