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UCL: Barcelona crush Antwerp, Manchester City, PSG win, Newcastle draw, other results

Barcelona win

Barcelona recorded a comfortable win in their opening Champions League game against Royal Antwerp on Tuesday night.

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Xavi’s side were three goals ahead after just 23 minutes thanks to Joao Felix and Robert Lewandowski, plus an own goal from Jelle Bataille.

Gavi added a fourth before Felix got his second after the break to give Barca’s campaign the perfect start.

The La Liga champions were eliminated in the group stage of their last two Champions League campaigns.

Other results

PSG vs Borussia Dortmund

Kylian Mbappe provided the breakthrough for Paris St-Germain as they opened their Champions League campaign with victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

The French forward scored from the penalty spot on 49 minutes after his shot was handled by Nicklas Sule.

PSG doubled their lead when Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi combined well with midfielder Vitinha and doubled the home side’s lead.

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The match ended 2-0.

AC Milan vs Newcastle

Newcastle marked their return to the competition following a 20-year absence with an impressive draw at AC Milan.

The Magpies are in a tough Group F with Paris St-Germain and German giants Borussia Dortmund.

Milan dominated the first half, with Nick Pope saving well from Olivier Giroud and Theo Hernandez, but they rode their luck while defending superbly to earn a point in the encounter.

Rafael Leao spurned a golden chance to score in the first half for the hosts as he fluffed his backheel after a fine solo run, and Newcastle were fortunate to go into the break level.

But the game was more even in the second half. Former Milan midfielder Sandro Tonali saw a shot blocked for the visitors, while Tijjani Reijnders forced a decent save out of Pope with a low drive.

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Leao really should have won it in the closing stages when he got between Newcastle defenders to meet a cross, but he headed just over.

Newcastle’s first shot on target arrived in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Sean Longstaff saw a fierce effort tipped over.

Manchester City vs Red Star Belgrade

Julian Alvarez scored two second-half goals to give Manchester City a 3-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade, who took the lead at the end of the first half.

Alvarez and Foden celebrate
Alvarez and Foden celebrate

European Cup winners themselves in 1991, Red Star threatened a famous win when Osman Bukari put them in front but City took less than 90 seconds to level after the restart as Alvarez raced onto Erling Haaland’s return pass, rounded Red Star keeper Omri Glazer with a superb piece of deception and squeezed the ball home from a tight angle while still running at full speed.

Rodri ensured City took a successful first step towards this season’s final at Wembley by scoring their third as he advanced unchecked into the Red Star box and guided a precise shot into the bottom corner.

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