Kylian Mbappe on Wednesday helped Paris Saint-Germain move to the top of Group F in the UEFA Champions League with a 3-0 victory over AC Milan, while Newcastle United slumped to their first defeat, 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund.
Erling Haaland was back on the scoresheet as Manchester City won 3-1 away against BSC Young Boys, while Celtic drew 2-2 in Glasgow against Atletico Madrid.
Goals from Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani and Lee Kang-in in Paris against Milan sent PSG top of their closely disputed group with six points.
The deadlock was broken just after the half-hour mark when Mbappe received the ball from Warren Zaire-Emery, unbalanced Fikayo Tomori and then wrong-footed compatriot Mike Maignan with a smart, low finish.
Ousmane Dembele thought he had doubled the hosts’ advantage on 50 minutes only for a video check to disallow it for a foul in the buildup.
Kolo Muani, the third member of PSG’s French front three, did double the lead three minutes later with a close-range tap-in before Lee struck.
Nmecha gave Borussia a deserved lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-controlled finish following excellent defensive and then creative work by Nico Schlotterbeck.
Newcastle nearly mentioned a point in the closing stages of the match when Callum Wilson’s header struck the crossbar, before an Anthony Gordon chance was deflected on to the woodwork.
“With the first half, we deserved to win, and the second half we protected the win,” Dortmund coach Edin Terzic told TNT Sports.
Manchester City made it three from three to top Group G, with Manuel Akanji’s goal and a Haaland brace seeing off Young Boys in Switzerland.
Man City endured a surprising first period on a plastic pitch in Bern, with Young Boys goalkeeper Anthony Racioppi producing several fine saves.
Immediately after halftime a stunning save from the Swiss goalkeeper saw the ball rebound off the crossbar and fall straight to Akanji.
The hosts stunned the Champions League holders on 52 minutes when Meschack Elia broke clear of the defense and lobbed a finish over the advancing Ederson.
However, hopes of an upset were extinguished when Haaland broke his five-game goal drought in the competition with a penalty in the 67th minute.
After a Julian Alvarez goal was disallowed, the Norwegian striker produced a fine finish to round off a 3-1 win.
“I am sorry, but this guy will score goals all his life, with the chances he is an incredible threat,” City coach Pep Guardiola said of Haaland.
In Germany, RB Leipzig created a five-point buffer for themselves in Group G’s second position with a 3-1 win against Red Star Belgrade, thanks to David Raum, a second-half stunner from starlet Xavi Simons and Dani Olmo.
The points were shared between Celtic and Atletico in a lively draw, which saw the hosts pick up their first points of the campaign.
Celtic took the lead early when Kyogo Furuhashi lifted the ball beyond Jan Oblak in the fourth minute, completing a fine team move.
On 23 minutes, Joe Hart tipped an Antoine Griezmann penalty onto the post only for it to rebound perfectly to the Frenchman, who made no mistake second time round.
The hosts sprang back immediately when a 27th-minute cross fell at the back stick to Luis Palma, who hammered the ball back across the unsighted Oblak.
Alvaro Morata got Atletico back into the tie on 53 minutes when he sent a perfectly judged header back across Hart and into the net.
Rodrigo de Paul picked up a late second yellow card, but the hosts were unable to turn their numerical advantage into a winner.
Feyenoord moved into top spot in Group E after a 3-1 victory against SS Lazio in the pool’s early game.
A Santiago Gimenez brace and first goal for summer signing Ramiz Zerrouki saw the Dutch side home, despite a late penalty converted by Pedro for Lazio, who dropped into third.
Barcelona saw out a win at home 2-1 against Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to first-half strikes from Ferran Torres and Fermin Lopez, making it three from three for the Group H leaders.
Porto came from behind in Belgium to beat Royal Antwerp 4-1, with all their goals coming in the second half courtesy of an Evanilson hat-trick and Stephen Eustaquio.