Back from international break, UEFA Champions League action, as it is always didn’t take much time to become the talk of the town. From the 13-time-winners finally winning their first match of the season, to a Pole breaking records along with a young Frenchman, to finally, a five-star showing for a flailing club.
Real Madrid managed to get their first win of this season’s Champions League with a 1-0 victory against Galatasaray on Tuesday, courtesy of a goal from German midfielder Toni Kroos.
Eden Hazard cut the ball back to Kroos in the 18th minute, whose side-footed effort found its way into the roof of the net via a deflection. The win means Madrid climb up to second in Group A, but five points behind leaders Paris Saint Germain.
Although the home side tested their illustrious visitors, with Florian Andone forcing under-fire Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into action twice early in the first half, a Gareth Bale and Luka Modric-less Real Madrid got the job done. Kroos marked his 100th Champions League appearance with his second goal of the season to give Madrid the lead.
Galatasaray pressed for an equaliser but could not find a way past the Spanish side, who held on to claim their first clean sheet in the competition in 11 months.
The Turkish champions are bottom of the group with one point from three games and look all but out ahead of their trip to Madrid on November 6. Meanwhile, Madrid have four points and a break of one week until they face Leganes in La Liga due to their Clasico against Barcelona being postponed from this weekend due to protests in Catalonia.
Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to grab a second-half hat-trick and inspired Paris Saint Germain (PSG) to a runaway 5-0 victory at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The win kept up their 100% record in Group A with the French team on nine points at the halfway mark and on the cusp of qualification for the next phase, a comfortable five points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid.
After Mauro Icardi put PSG into a seventh-minute lead from a Angel di Maria pass, the French champions shifted gears with the substitution of the 20-year-old Mbappe. In the 61st minute, nine minutes after his arrival, he doubled the lead with a smart header to beat goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
After setting up Icardi two minutes later, the World Cup-winner completed his hattrick by the 83rd minute.
Club Brugge have two points from their three group games and go to Paris for their next Champions League match on November 6.