Marcus Rashford celebrates his winner for Manchester United against PSG
Marcus Rashford’s late goal secured a deserved 2-1 win for Manchester United away at 2019/20 Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG were a shadow of the team who lost to Bayern Munich in last season’s final and were lucky to only trail 1-0 at half-time, although United’s goal had a fair amount of fortune too.
After Anthony Martial was fouled in the box, Bruno Fernandes’ first penalty attempt was saved by Keylor Navas only for the goalkeeper to be penalised for encroaching; Fernandes made no mistake second time around.
With the visitors looking comfortable Martial inexplicably headed into his own net after the break, but as the match appeared to be heading for a draw Rashford found room on the edge of the box to rifle in an 87th-minute winner.
After a season away from European football’s top table, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men returned to action at the Parc des Princes, where just 19 months ago they secured one of their greatest ever comebacks in this competition – Rashford fired home the late winner that night too.
Perhaps unlike that previous last-gasp triumph in the French capital, this time PSG were deservedly overcome to give United the perfect start in Group H.
Many predicted a home win given the side’s contrasting fortunes of late, with David de Gea making two important early stops before Martial was brought down in the box by Abdou Diallo midway through the first half.
Stand-in skipper Fernandes saw his penalty saved for the second successive match, but held his nerve to find the net after the Video Assistant Referee ordered a retake for Navas straying off his line.
United looked convincing in a 3-5-2 formation and could have gone further ahead, only for Martial to glance a Neymar corner into his own net and spark a helter-skelter conclusion.
Both sides had chances to win but United looked more impressive and, just as Solskjaer’s side looked set for a morale-boosting draw, Rashford lashed home a superb late winner to stun PSG once more.
Barcelona started off their Champions League campaign in the best possible fashion with a 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros.
Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele were all on the scoresheet but the visitors struck from the penalty spot after Gerard Pique was shown a straight red in the 68th minute.
Chelsea were held 0-0 by Sevilla in Group E, while Rennes and Krasnodar also shared a point in a 1-1 draw.
There were mixed fortunes for the Bundesliga sides as Borussia Dortmund were beaten 3-1 away at Lazio while RB Leipzig secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
In the early kick-offs, Juventus beat Dynamo Kiev 2-0 while Club Brugge edged past Zenit in a thrilling second-half encounter which finished 2-1 to the Belgian outfit.