Lionel Messi opens a Champions League account for the 18th consecutive year

Lionel Messi made Champions League history by scoring for the 18th consecutive season in the competition.

Messi was on target as Paris St Germain secured a 3-1 win from behind at Maccabi Haifa, earning two wins from two games.

Tjaronn Chery hinted at surprise as he put the hosts ahead after 24 minutes.

But Messi equalized before the break, scoring against a 39th other opponent in the competition – another record.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored in the second half as PSG punished their Israeli hosts with a clean finish.

Benfica also have two wins in Group H after a 2-1 win at Juventus.

Arkadiusz Milik gave Juventus the lead after four minutes but Joao Mario equalized with a penalty and David Neres scored Benfica’s winner.

Reigning champions Real Madrid left late to beat RB Leipzig 2-0 at the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos had to wait until the 80th minute to break the deadlock when Federico Valverde fired in from the left.

Substitute Marco Asensio sealed the points in added time with a flawless finish from Toni Kroos’ cutback.

The other Group F game saw Celtic draw 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.

The Ukrainian team, evicted from their home stadium since 2014, drew nearly 30,000 spectators to Legia Warsaw’s stadium.

Celtic went ahead in the 10th minute when Rio Hatate’s shot was deflected by a sliding Artem Bondarenko, but Mykhaylo Mudryk equalized against the run of the game towards the half-hour mark.

AC Milan top Group E after beating Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 at the San Siro.

Olivier Giroud from the penalty spot, Alexis Saelemaekers and Tommaso Pobega scored for Milan while Mislav Orsic answered for Dinamo.

In the same period, Graham Potter’s first game as Chelsea manager ended in a 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling’s superb curler just after the break was blocked by Noah Okafor with 15 minutes to go.

Erling Haaland came back to haunt former club Borussia Dortmund as Manchester City served a late Champions League show to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham headed Dortmund ahead after 56 minutes but John Stones and Haaland scored in the last 10 minutes.

Copenhagen and Sevilla fought their way to a goalless draw in Group G’s other game, giving City a three-point lead in the group after two games.

The ten-man Rangers suffered a 3-0 defeat by Napoli in Ibrox, where penalties were the turning point of the game.

Allan McGregor saved another penalty from Piotr Zielinksi in the hour after Gers defender James Sands was sent off for conceding it.

But McGregor was hit by Matteo Politano from 12 yards in the 67th minute.

Substitutes Giacomo Raspadori and Tanguy Ndombele sealed Napoli’s victory.

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