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UCL: Atletico fight back against Juve as PSG thrash Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo

Atletico Madrid put up a brilliant performance in their Champions League opener as the fought back to pick a point in a 2-2 draw against Juventus on Wednesday night.

After a goalless first half, Italian champions, Juve, ran into a two-goal lead following strikes from Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi in the 48th and 65th minutes respectively.

But Stefan Savic sparked Atletico’s fightback with a header 20 minutes from time, before substitute Hector Herrera struck from a late corner on the stroke of regulation time.

Juve pushed for a winner in injury time, but star forward, Cristiano Ronaldo fired wide after a beautiful run with the ball.

Russian side, Lokomotiv Moscow top the group D with 3 points after beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in Germany, while Atletico and Juve are with one point each.

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French champions, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Spanish giants, Real Madrid, 3-0 in a pulsating Champions League encounter at the Parc des prince.

In the absence of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria scored twice against his former club, with Thomas Meunier’s stoppage-time goal sealing the rout against a Real side that had Eden Hazard from the start.

The French champions sit comfortably at the top of group A, as Club Brugge and Galatasaray earlier played a goalless draw to have one point each.

Elsewhere, English Premier League champions, Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk to start off their campaign on a bright note.

It was a bounce back from their shock defeat at Norwich City in the Premier League last weekend, as Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus fired City to second in group C, behind Dinamo Zagreb, who thrashed Atalanta 4-0.

German champions defeated Red Star Belgrade 3-0, with the other game of the group ending 2-2 between Tottenham Hotspur and Olympiakos.

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