Vintage Di Maria helps PSG overwhelm Real Madrid

PARIS (Reuters) – Angel Di Maria scored twice in a vintage performance to help Paris St Germain outclass Real Madrid 3-0 in their opening Champions League Group A game on Wednesday. In the absence of the formidable attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani, Di Maria provided two first-half goals as PSG suffocated…

Celtic, Porto make shock Champions League exits

Former European Cup winners had mixed fortunes in Champions League qualifying as Ajax Amsterdam and Red Star Belgrade squeezed into the playoff round while Celtic and Porto were eliminated after a dramatic evening on Tuesday. Ajax, semifinalists last season, came from behind to beat PAOK 3-2 for a 5-4 aggregate win over the Greeks while Red Star knocked out FC Copenhagenon penalties…

Shaw own goal gives Barca advantage over tame United

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Barcelona overcame a punchless Manchester United to take the upper hand in their Champions League quarter-final after Luke Shaw’s own goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg victory at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Shaw deflected a Luis Suarez header into his own net after 12 minutes, handing the Catalans a vital away…

Spurs reach last 16 as Moura snatches draw at Barca

Tottenham achieved “mission impossible” by qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser earned a priceless point at Barcelona, as Spurs completed an unlikely turnaround in Group B having collected only one point from their first three games. They needed to match or better Inter…

No Messi, no problem as Barca sink Inter

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona came through their first test without the injured Lionel Messi, earning a convincing 2-0 win at home to Inter Milan to take control of Champions League Group B on Wednesday. Soccer Football – Champions League – Group Stage – Group B – FC Barcelona v Inter Milan – Camp Nou, Barcelona,…