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PARIS---Paris Saint-Germain over-
came goals from Lionel Messi and
Neymar to inflict Barcelona's first
loss of the season yesterday.
PSG, which has endured a subdued
start to its French title defense, took
control of Group F with the 3-2 vic-
tory over the Spanish league leaders
in the Champions League.
"You are made to pay for errors at
this level and we made a few mistakes
at the beginning," Barcelona coach
Luis Enrique said. "Later we saw some
strategic moves which they execute
with great strength and they hurt us."
It meant there was nothing for Xavi
Hernandez to celebrate as the Barca
midfielder overtook Raul Gonzalez by
making a record 143rd Champions
It was also a record-breaking night
for 38-year-old Francesco Totti, who
became the oldest scorer in the com-
petition's 22-year history to give Roma
a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Bayern
Munich leads Group E after winning 1-0 at CSKA Moscow, whose stadium was empty
as a punishment for racist abuse.
Chelsea also beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to lead
Group G, with Schalke held to a 1-1 draw by Mari-
FC Porto leads Group H after a 2-2 draw against
Shakhtar Donetsk that was played in the western
Ukrainian city of Lviv due to the conflict in the
east. BATE climbed to second place by beating
Athletic Bilbao 2-1.
It was a star-studded occasion in the French
capital---even in the stands, with celebrity couple
Jay-Z and Beyonce watching with former PSG mid-
fielder David Beckham.
And it was the perfect start for the hosts, with
David Luiz becoming the first player to score against
Barcelona this season in the 10th minute after con-
necting with Javier Pastore's free kick.
But Messi leveled inside two minutes, slotting
into the bottom corner of the net for his 402nd
career goal and 68th Champions League goal---
putting him three behind all-time leading scorer
Slack defending by Barcelona allowed Verratti---
one of the smallest players on the pitch---to drift
in unmarked and head in his first PSG goal on his
62nd appearance in the 26th minute. PSG's lead
was extended at the start of the second half when
Van der Wiel's firmly struck cross was met by
Blaise Matuidi at the back post.
Although PSG's defensive vulnerability was
exposed by Neymar knocking the ball into the net
off the post, the hosts held on to collect three
In the other game in Group F, Lucas Andersen
put Ajax in front but Gustavo Manduca scored
from the penalty spot to give APOEL Nicosia a 1-
That was the same outcome in Manchester where
Sergio Aguero put English champion City in front
from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after
being dragged down by Maicon.
But after a quick Roma break, Radja Nainggolan
slipped a pass through a hole in City's defense and
Totti raced onto the ball, clipping a delicate shot
over goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the corner. By
scoring at 38, Totti broke the record held by Man-
chester United great Ryan Giggs, who was 37 years
and 9 months when he scored in 2011.
City has just one point after being beaten in the
last round by Bayern, which earned another 1-0
win at CSKA. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal
from the penalty spot in the first half after Mario
Goetze was fouled by Mario Fernandes.
In Lisbon, the victory margin belied Chelsea's
dominance but reflected its profligacy, with the
only goal coming when Nemanja Matic sent a loop-
ing header into the net from Cesc Fabregas' free
Both Schalke and Maribor drew their opening
Group G matches at Chelsea and Sporting respec-
tively, and had to settle for a point again. Damjan
Bohar put the Slovenian visitors in front in the
first half before Klaas Jan Huntelaar leveled for
Schalke after the break.
In Group H, Shakhtar Donetsk threw away a 2-
0 lead after goals from Brazilian duo Alex Teixeira
and Luiz Adriano. Porto's Jackson Martinez netted
twice late on---the first from the penalty spot in
the 89th and the second in the fourth minute of
BATE's win over Athletic Bilbao was secured by
goals from Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski.
PSG inflicts Barcelona's first loss of season
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus
Malmo FF vs Olympiakos
Basel vs Liverpool
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad vs
Zenit St Petersburg vs
Bayer Leverkusen vs Benfica
Anderlecht vs Borussia
Arsenal vs Galatasaray
Francesco Totti captain and scorer of Roma applauds
his fans during a Champions League group E football
match against Manchester City at the Etihad
Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. The match
ended 1-1. AP PHOTO
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