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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid take slender leads from the first meetings with PSG and Borussia Dortmund

Barcelona stunned Paris Saint-Germain, leaving Parc des Princes with a one-goal lead after winning 2:3 in the French capital on Wednesday night. The Catalan giants were the dominant side for most of the time. It was Brazilian winger Raphinha who opened the score in the 37th minute with his first ever Champions League goal and that is how both teams went into the half-time break. PSG’s manager, Luis Enrique, decided to tweak his squad and introduced Bradley Barcola in place of Marco Asensio for the 2nd period. It began more than well for the Parisians, as former Barca player Ousmane Dembele equalized just 3 minutes into the 2nd half, and after another 3 minutes, Vitinha put PSG 2:1 in front. Xavi then responded by replacing Lamine Yamal and Sergi Roberto with Joao Felix and Pedri, with the latter needing no time to influence the match, providing an assist to Raphinha for Barcelona’s second goal just a minute after his introduction. Another substitute, Andreas Christensen, scored the winning goal on 77 minutes after Gundogan’s corner kick.

In the other Champions League game last night, Atletico Madrid defeated Borussia Dortmund 2:1. The Spaniards started actively, and Rodrigo de Paul scored as early as the 4th minute. The first half at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid saw Atleti score one more goal, courtesy of Samuel Lino. It all changed after the break, with the German side taking control of the match. Sebastian Haller, who replaced Niclas Fullkrug at the hour mark, brought BVB back into the game with a goal in the 81st minute, and then Borussia missed a few glorious chances to earn at least a 2:2 draw, hitting the crossbars two times in the dying stages of the match.