Five takeaways from Champions League opening night

The UEFA Champions League came back with a bang on Tuesday, with the opening matches of the new campaign providing action and goals aplenty.

Big names and big scorelines on the first night gave fans much to ponder.


… but it does buy you a darn good soccer team. The lavishly assembled Paris St. Germain attacking line flexed its muscles, routing Celtic 5-0 on the road to make a swashbuckling start. Neymar, newly installed as the world’s most expensive player, looked close to unstoppable, as did Kylian Mbappe, the French teenager priced more than $200 million.

Celtic might be one of the weaker teams in the competition, but they are no pushovers at home, having beaten Barcelona and tied Manchester City in recent teams. This was a signal of intent from PSG — and a loud one.


Chelsea scored six goals in an unimpeded rout of Azerbaijan’s Qarabag, but there was one that got everyone talking. Davide Zappacosta either scored one of the most spectacular goals…

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