Lionel Messi made his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain , although it was a different Argentine who made the decisive contribution. Elsewhere, Juventus still seek their first Serie A win, while Borussia Dortmund impressed and a legendary figure was mourned in England.
Here are Mark Ogden, Tom Hamilton and Sam Marsden to discuss the big stuff you need to know from the soccer weekend around Europe.
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Argentine forward saves PSG… as Messi watches on
Paris Saint-Germain lined up with Neymar , Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe in attack for the second time in a week, but it was Mauro Icardi who saved their 100 percent winning record in Ligue 1 against Lyon , heading a 93rd-minute winner to make it six from six for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The win will disguise another disappointing night for PSG’s front three, following on from their debut in a 1-1 Champions League draw against Club Brugge . Messi was the pick in the first half, twice drawing saves from Lyon’s Anthony Lopes and hitting the woodwork with a free kick. Mbappe, perhaps rushed back from a knock picked up in Belgium , was more subdued, while Neymar won and converted a penalty.
Pochettino then dared to take off Messi, who did not look pleased. But the coach’s changes proved effective, with substitute Icardi finding space in the box to connect with Mbappe’s cross and maintain PSG’s perfect start. — Sam Marsden Lionel Messi did not complete 90 minutes, but PSG found a way to win. Getty Mixed fortunes for Bundesliga bosses
Bayern Munich , RB Leipzig , Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt , Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach are all under new management and some of the new coaches have settled quicker than others.
Marco Rose and Borussia Dortmund made it four wins from five in the league with a 4-2 victory over Union Berlin. Erling Haaland grabbed two goals — the first a brilliant header and the second an audacious lob — but more ominous for their rivals is how quickly BVB’s new signings have slotted in. Jadon Sancho ‘s replacement Donyell Malen has started well, while €15m signing Gregor Kobel is proving a bargain. Thomas Meunier is revitalised at right back and with incredible youngsters like Jude Bellingham and Gio Reyna, you have potential title challengers.
Prior to the season, it looked as if three teams would content and that is how things are playing out, albeit with Wolfsburg — rather than Leipzig — leading the charge alongside Bayern and Dortmund.
Jesse Marsch has had a tough start at Leipzig, with one win from five Bundesliga matches and a 6-3 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League representing a slow start. Unlike Dortmund, Leipzig’s new signings have not gelled; Andre Silva is yet to find the scoring boots he had at Eintracht Frankfurt, while the defence is dealing with the exits of Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate . […]