Champions League First Game Play-Off Roundup

Champions League First Game Play-Off Roundup: Barcelona Succumb to Shock Defeat

Paris Saint-Germain welcomed Barcelona in Tuesday Night’s Champions League clash. Barcelona were expected to grab an away win, or at least a draw, but surely nobody foresaw PSG thumping the Catalan giants 4-0.

Luis Enrique’s side now face a seemingly impossible task in the second-leg, as they have to overturn a four-goal deficit.

Angel Di Maria was the star of the show as he capped off his brilliant performance (and birthday) with two stunning goals. The ex-Madrid man opened the scoring for PSG in the 18th-minute before netting again in the 55th-minute shortly after Julian Draxler’s strike as the first half drew to a close.

Edinson Cavani closed the scoring for PSG as the Parisians put out a statement of intent regarding their Champions League campaign.

Elsewhere, Dortmund were the 1-0 victims of complacency and wasted opportunities as they evidently underestimated Benfica and were made to pay for it by Konstantinos Mitroglou who scored the game’s lone goal in the 48th-minute.

Aubameyang missed a glorious opportunity to draw Dortmund level shortly after Mitroglou’s opener as he failed to convert a spot-kick which Thomas Tuchel will most certainly rue going into the second-leg at Signal Iduna Park.

Der BVB are without an away goal, hence, they will have to put up a strong attacking display at home in the return fixture. Their domestic form in the Bundesliga isn’t the best, but they should have enough about them to get the job done on home soil against Benfica.

Wednesday night was full of goals in both match centers as Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal 5-1 and Real Madrid secured a 3-1 win over Napoli, who kept Los Blancos on their toes throughout the tie.

Arsenal travelled to the Allianz Arena with hopes of avoiding a defeat, and maybe even pulling off an upset. Those aspirations were quickly dashed by Arjen Robben in the 11th-minute as he scored a sublime curler which flew past David Ospina with much power.

Robert Lewandowski gave away a penalty on the half-hour mark and while Alexis Sanchez failed to convert the spot-kick, he scored the rebound as Bayern’s defence was lull to the threat of the Chilean’s return ball.

Arsenal found a route into the game through Sanchez’s equaliser, but Bayern soon regained control of the proceedings and began to get past Arsenal’s defence with relative ease.

Robert Lewandowski doubled Bayern’s lead 53 minutes into the second-half before Thiago Alcantara bagged a brace within nine minutes.

Thomas Muller closed the scoring as he came off the bench to add to Arsenal’s woes.

Napoli played good football as they matched Real Madrid’s creativity on the pitch. Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring with a long-range curling effort with Keylor Navas being out of position in goal.

Karim Benzema, though, latched on to Dani Carvajal’s cross to draw Madrid level 11 minutes later. Toni Kroos got his name on the scoresheet with a 49th-minute strike, before Casemiro scored an outrageous volley to earn his side a victory at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The scoreline gives Real Madrid a relative advantage going into the second leg against the Serie A’s most prolific goalscorers.

Highlight of Champions League First Game Play-Off Roundup Games

PSG vs Barcelona

Real Madrid vs Napoli

Bayren Munich vs Arsenal

Benfica vs Dortmund

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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