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PSG inflict Barca’s 1st loss of season

By AP - Oct 01,2014 - Last updated at Oct 01,2014

LONDON — Paris Saint-Germain overcame goals from Lionel Messi and Neymar to inflict Barcelona’s first loss of the season on Tuesday.

PSG, who have endured a subdued start to their French title defence, took control of Group F with the 3-2 victory over the Spanish league leaders in the Champions League.

It meant there was nothing for Xavi Hernandez to celebrate as the Barca midfielder overtook Raul Gonzalez by making a record 143rd Champions League appearance.

It was also a record-breaking night for 38-year-old Francesco Totti, who became the oldest scorer in the competition’s 22-year history to give Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Bayern Munich lead Group E after winning 1-0 at CSKA Moscow, whose stadium was empty as a punishment for racist abuse.

Chelsea also beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 to lead Group G, with Schalke held to a 1-1 draw by Maribor.

FC Porto lead Group H after a 2-2 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk that was played in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv due to the conflict in the east. BATE climbed to second place by beating Athletic Bilbao 2-1.

It was a star-studded occasion in the French capital — even in the stands, with celebrity couple Jay-Z and Beyonce watching with former PSG midfielder David Beckham.

And it was the perfect start for the host, with David Luiz becoming the first player to score against Barcelona this season in the 10th minute after connecting with Javier Pastore’s free kick.

But Messi levelled inside two minutes, slotting into the bottom corner of the net for his 402nd career goal and 68th Champions League goal — putting him three behind all-time leading scorer Raul.

Slack defending by Barcelona allowed Verratti — one of the smallest players on the pitch — to drift in unmarked and head in his first PSG goal on his 62nd appearance in the 26th minute. PSG’s lead was extended at the start of the second half when Van der Wiel’s firmly struck cross was met by Blaise Matuidi at the back post.

Although PSG’s defensive vulnerability was exposed by Neymar knocking the ball into the net off the post, the host held on to collect three points.

In the other game in Group F, Lucas Andersen put Ajax in front but Gustavo Manduca scored from the penalty spot to give APOEL Nicosia a 1-1 draw.

That was the same outcome in Manchester where Sergio Aguero put English champion City in front from the penalty spot in the fifth minute after being dragged down by Maicon.

But after a quick Roma break, Radja Nainggolan slipped a pass through a hole in City’s defence and Totti raced onto the ball, clipping a delicate shot over goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the corner. By scoring at 38, Totti broke the record held by Manchester United great Ryan Giggs, who was 37 years and 9 months when he scored in 2011.

City have just one point after being beaten in the last round by Bayern, who earned another 1-0 win at CSKA. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the first half after Mario Goetze was fouled by Mario Fernandes.

In Lisbon, the victory margin belied Chelsea’s dominance but reflected its profligacy, with the only goal coming when Nemanja Matic sent a looping header into the net from Cesc Fabregas’ free kick.

Both Schalke and Maribor drew their opening Group G matches at Chelsea and Sporting respectively, and had to settle for a point again. Damjan Bohar put the Slovenian visitors in front in the first half before Klaas Jan Huntelaar levelled for Schalke after the break.

In Group H, Shakhtar Donetsk threw away a 2-0 lead after goals from Brazilian duo Alex Teixeira and Luiz Adriano. Porto’s Jackson Martinez netted twice late on — the first from the penalty spot in the 89th minute and the second in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

BATE’s win over Athletic Bilbao was secured by goals from Denis Polyakov and Aleksandr Karnitski.

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