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Champions League: Five things you might have missed, including Messi in transfer to AC Milan

On a Champions League night that saw Junior Messias perform for Milan, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain together in the last 16, let’s take a look at some stories you might have missed.

1. Former serveer saves Milan

Milan’s Champions League hopes were still alive thanks to Junior Messias’ late goal in a dramatic 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

Incredibly, the 30-year-old Brazilian not only made his UCL debut but also played in his first European match. Back in 2015, he was delivering refrigerators and washing machines while playing for Casale in Serie D.

Messias, who was at Crotone last season, patiently worked his way up the Italian football pyramid. And his late header, from a Franck Kessie cross, means Milan now go into the final game of the week in third place, just one point behind Porto. They host Group B winners Liverpool in their final match on Supreme +.

Messias scored on his UCL debut to keep Milan’s hopes up.

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2. Brace your own for another Liverpool record

Liverpool couldn’t stop scoring and maintained their 100% UCL record with a comfortable 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield.

A stunning strike from Thiago Alcantara – which Jurgen Klopp calls “a thunderbolt” – and a strike from Mo Salah mean Liverpool have scored two or more goals in their 16th consecutive game. It was the best league run by an English team since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939.

Porto’s fate remained in their hands. They will host Atletico Madrid next, knowing that a win will guarantee progress.

Jurgen Klopp called Thiago’s strike “a ball of thunder”.

3. Mbappe scores in 50th UCL appearance

Kylian Mbappe marked his 50th Champions League debut with a goal in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City.

22 years 339 days, he is the second youngest player out of the field to reach 50 UCL appearances, behind only Cesc Fabregas (22 years, 331 days). Mbappe’s goal was his 20th in the Champions League, a number he achieved in just 23 games.

Mbappe has scored nine goals in all competitions this season.

Mbappe has had nine goals in all competitions this season, but after the game CBS Sports pundit Jamie Carragher still questions his defensive qualities. The former Liverpool defender thinks that PSG has “no chance” of winning the Champions League when Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi are all paired.

Despite the loss, PSG joined Group A winners Manchester City into the knockout stages after RB Leipzig beat Club Brugge 5-0, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to take second place, meaning that can meet Liverpool or Bayern Munich in the round of 16.

4. Ajax’s ‘Three Little Birds’ outfit debut

Ajax completely won Group C literally Style. Erik ten Hag’s side debuted their Bob Marley-inspired “Three Little Birds” third kit as they came from behind to beat Besiktas 2-1 in Istanbul.

Sebastian Haller scored twice from the bench. The 27-year-old now has nine goals in five games in the group stage and is UCL’s top scorer with Robert Lewandowski.

Haller has also scored more goals in his first five Champions League appearances than any other player.

5. Dzeko hit 50 goals in Europe

Inter reached the round of 16 for the first time in a decade thanks to a brace from Edin Dzeko.

The Bosnian striker won 2-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk and hit 50 goals in the UEFA club competition. He is the 20th player to achieve this feat.

Both goals came in the second half as the Nerazzurri improved greatly as Real Madrid reached the knockout stages. But Dzeko also made headlines in the first half for the wrong reasons after a spectacular long shot that went over the crossbar…

Inter travel to Real Madrid in their final game on December 7 and know that a win will guarantee the top of Group D in the Premier League. Supreme +.

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