Berlin, 5 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – RB Leipzig beat nine-man Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the Champions League to earn a measure of revenge for last season’s semi-final defeat while Istanbul Basaksehir earned their first-ever group stage victory 2-1 over Manchester United.
Angel Di Maria put PSG ahead, but missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out for offside soon after as the guests initially dominated in Leipzig on Wednesday.
But Christopher Nkunku levelled against his former club and Emil Forsberg won it from the spot to take Leipzig level on six points with United at the top of Group H. PSG are third, three behind.
The Ligue 1 champions had Idrissa Gueye and Presnel Kimpembe sent off for second bookable offences.
United were shock losers in Istanbul where Demba Ba opened the scoring before Edin Visca made it 2-0. Basaksehir held on despite Anthony Martial cutting the deficit.
Barcelona beat Dynamo Kiev 2-1 and Juventus hammered Ferencvaros 4-1 as the giants control Group G. Sevilla came from behind to beat Krasnodar 3-2 with 10 men and Chelsea prevailed 3-0 over Rennes with the Spanish and English sides leading Group E on seven points.
Borussia Dortmund top Group F after strolling 3-0 at Club Brugge after Lazio were held 1-1 at Zenit St Petersburg.
Di Maria’s cool finish was as good as it got for PSG in Leipzig. Peter Gulacsi then saved his spot-kick following Dayot Upamecano’s handball, and the forward was just offside when he netted from Moise Kean’s pass.
Nkunku’s drilled effort levelled things up, and Leipzig completed the comeback when Forsberg converted after Kimpembe handled.
The latter received his marching orders for fouling Yussuf Poulsen after Gueye met the same fate.
“We were a bit lucky that they didn’t score their penalty – or rather that we have a good goalkeeper,” Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told streaming portal DAZN.
“I wanted us to have more confidence on the ball in the second half and once we had that, we were the better team.”
Leipzig lost 3-0 to PSG in the last four in August but coped better with their opponents missing injured stars Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have three points and are in danger of missing the knock-out phase.
“It’s difficult and we have to deal with it,” said PSG captain Marquinhos. “We have another three matches and we have to stay positive.
United lost their first match of the tournament with a terrible performance in Turkey. Ba was in acres of space to slot past Dean Henderson, and Visca then hammered home.
“It was a tough game, a game that we won. It was important to win for us but also for our confidence and for the rest of the competition,” said Ba.
United controlled possession after Martial’s goal ended the first and nearly snatched a point when Alexandru Epureanu cleared off the line at the death.
Basaksehir held on for a famous victory but stay bottom while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are first on goal difference.
“You don’t just turn up and get three points in the Champions League,” said Solskjaer. “We weren’t good enough, that’s it.”
Barcelona’s performance will do little to alleviate the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi netted from the spot and Gerard Pique headed before Kiev, missing players through coronavirus infections, notched a deserved goal through Viktor Tsygankov.
The Spanish giants top the group with three wins from three despite the lacklustre display.
Juve made easy work of their Hungarian opponents to move second. Alvaro Morata scored his second European brace of the term before Paulo Dybala and a Lasha Dvali own-goal on Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the competition after a positive coronavirus test.
Franck Boli’s last-minute consolation was the only blemish.
Chelsea remain unbeaten after two Timo Werner penalties, the second resulting in a red card for Dalbert, put the Blues in control at half-time. Tammy Abraham netted after the interval.
Frank Lampard’s team are top on goal difference ahead of Sevilla after their stunning comeback against Krasnodar. The Russians led through Magomed Suleymanov and Marcus Berg before Ivan Rakitic netted.
Jesus Navas’ straight red before the break appeared to galvanise Julen Lotepegui’s side and Youssef En-Nesyri’s double completed the turnaround.
Borussia Dortmund moved top as they crushed Brugge in Belgium on Erling Haaland’s brace after Thorgan Hazard’s opener.
Lazio’s Felipe Caicedo equalized Aleksandr Erokhin’s opener for Zenit in Russia. Lazio now trail Dortmund by one point in second place with Zenit bottom.
Matchday 4, with reverse fixures from this round, takes place November 24-25.