Good morning, Fear the Wall.
Sometimes, I have trouble finding stories to cover in the Daily Bee. Other times, like with today, the narratives practically write themselves. The Champions League was a fountain of drama yesterday, so let’s get right into it:
Lionel Messi Scores for PSG
After a few surprising scoreless matches in Ligue 1, Lionel Messi finally opened his account for Paris Saint-Germain, against his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, no less. It was a typical Messi goal: he slashed by four or five Man City defenders, bounced a pass off Kylian Mbappé, and sniped a shot into the top corner of the net.
How’s that for a momentous goal? The best player of the previous generation, assisted by the best player of the next generation, against the best coach of both generations.
RB Leipzig’s Struggles Continue
RB Leipzig, who have struggled in the start of the Bundesliga campaign and lost their first UCL game to Manchester City, now dropped a second Champions League game. This time, they fell at home to Club Brugge, who were supposed to be the easy opponent of their group.
It’s hard to see Leipzig climbing their way out of this hole, with PSG still to play twice. So far, the Leipzig board has demonstrated trust in new manager Jesse Marsch. Hopefully, for the American’s sake, Leipzig are able to turn their season around quickly, or his job may come under intense scrutiny.
Real Madrid Lose to Sheriff Tiraspol
Sheriff Tiraspol, the underdogs owned by a quasi-state-monopoly founded by alleged arms traffickers as a money laundering operation in the unrecognized breakaway state of Transnistria in the country of Moldova, the poorest recognized country per capita in Europe (second if you count Kosovo), are now two for two in the Champions League and have just beaten the most successful club in the history of the competition. What a world we live in.
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Which of these three moments was the craziest?