Lewis Ambrose

The biggest Champions League moments of the week

The first round of group games is over and we've had shocks, predictable wins, and one big red card.

On top of the obvious headline-grabbing talking points, there was a special homecoming for Renato Sanches and Inter’s glorious return to Europe’s biggest stage.

Here’s everything you ought not to have missed.

San Siro erupts

It was seven long years without the Champions League for Serie A giants Inter Milan. Mauro Icardi had become the club’s ninth top goalscorer of all time without ever playing in the competition.

He changed that on Tuesday and his stunning volley set his side up for a brilliant comeback win against Tottenham. Worth the wait.

Lionel Messi makes history

The Barcelona captain is pretty good. So good, everything he does looks so easy. Including scoring his eight Champions League hat-trick; that’s more than any other player in history.

If Messi is in this mood, Barcelona must be considered this year’s favourites.

Liverpool prove Ligue 1 is weak …


Last year’s finalists had supposedly been put in a tough group, one they’d have to fight tooth and nail to get through. Instead, it looks like they’ll breeze through it.

Jürgen Klopp’s side were at their furious best against Paris Saint-Germain and refused to crumble when the game turned against them completely out of the blue.

PSG, well, on Tuesday everyone said they are so poor because nobody in Ligue 1 can challenge them.

… and Lyon prove it isn’t


Lyon may have something to say about that. A superb performance from Bruno Genesio’s men saw them complete a shock 2-1 win away at Manchester City.

Things had better improve fast if Pep Guardiola is to get his hands on Europe’s biggest prize for the first time since 2011.

Ronaldo sees red …

You already know about this. You’ve already seen it. But we couldn’t not mention it here, could we?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 11th career red card means he won’t play against Young Boys in the next game. Should UEFA extend his ban to three-matches, he also won’t face former club Manchester United in this season’s group stage.

… before Bale claims his crown


It’s now four goals in five appearances this season for Gareth Bale, who terrified Roma at the Bernabéu.

Who said Madrid had failed to replace Ronaldo?

Renato Sanches returns home to reignite his career

A stunning goal and a beautiful moment. Renato Sanches started his first Bayern game since May 2017 and scored a beautiful length-of-the-field goal against his former club.

The Estádio da Luz rose to its feet in appreciation.

It’s been a rough couple of years for Sanches, let’s hope this is a new beginning.

Even Mourinho praises Pogba!

[He was] solid, class and gave the team the pace we needed … he controlled the tempo

Paul Pogba was fantastic against Young Boys, scoring two goals – one an absolute beauty – before setting up Manchester United’s third.

Having just won the World Cup, you’d think the critics would lay off the Frenchman for a little while. A couple more performances like this and they won’t have a choice.