Champions League – Real Madrid looks for revenge in opposition to PSG …

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The halftime whistle has sounded in Moscow with Bayer Leverkusen leading courtesy of that rather unfortunate own-goal by Rifat Zhemaletdinov.

Both teams have had chances and we’re not quite sure how there has only been one goal so far. Not sure this one is over yet.

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Champions League: Real Madrid looks for revenge against PSG …

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Galatasaray may already be out of this season’s Champions League … but look what that goal still meant to Adem Buyuk.

His smart turn and volley is all that separates the two sides in what has been a high-tempo, feisty encounter.

Champions League: Real Madrid looks for revenge against PSG …

Club Brugge know only a win will keep it in the hunt for a knockout place, while Galatasaray need a victory to keep alive any hope of a place in the Europa League.

Bring on the second half!

Adem Buyuk celebrates his opening goal against Club Brugge.
Adem Buyuk celebrates his opening goal against Club Brugge. OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Well … that’s … er … different?

With just one point and zero goals from its previous four Champions League games this season, Galatasaray fans have had very little cheer about.

The Turkish side’s poor form meant any hope of qualification for the knockout stages was extinguished long before tonight’s match kicked off.

Despite the doom and gloom, Adem Buyuk’s early goal against Brugge has lifted the roof off the Türk Telekom Stadium.

The forward brilliantly held off his marker in the box and unleashed a stunning volley into the bottom corner.

The winner of tonight’s game will be in pole position to secure a spot in the Europa League round of 32.

Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen has taken an early lead against Lokomotiv Moscow thanks to Rifat Zhemaletdinov’s own goal.

Go on, click the tweet, turn up the volume and let yourself go.

We’re underway in Istanbul and Moscow.

Galatasaray has failed to win any of its four group games so far this season.

The Turkish side, which hosts Club Brugge, has won just a single point so far and has no chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Galatasaray has managed just one win in its past 19 European fixtures, drawing six and losing the other 12.

It has won just two of its past 15 European fixtures in Istanbul, drawing six and losing seven.

Galatasaray has also failed to defeat a Belgian club in each of its previous seven attempts, drawing three and losing four.

Zinedine Zidane launched a charm offensive on the eve of Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain after declaring his admiration for French striker Kylian Mbappe.

The Real boss left little doubt as to his desire to lure Mbappe to Real in the future with the club still struggling to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mbappe, 20, had a trial at Real as a teenager but signed for AS Monaco before joining PSG where he has since established himself as one of Europe’s most talented forwards.

PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. Bertrand Guay/Getty Images

“I have known him for a long time as he came here for a trial and I have been in love with him since then, first of all as a person,” Zidane told a press conference Monday.
“He comes here tomorrow (Tuesday) as our opponent, we know what type of player he is and we must be prepared.”

Mbappe has scored eight goals in six starts for PSG in a season that has so far been punctuated by injury.

His boss, Thomas Tuchel, responded to Zidane’s comments by insisting Mbappe remains very much a PSG player.

“Sometimes the players you love the most are the ones you cannot have, but unfortunately for Zidane he is our player, although I’m sure he has a lot of players who he loves in his team,” Tuchel told reporters.

“I don’t know how much Zidane loves Mbappe but he is our most important player and we are very happy that he belongs to us.”

Did someone say early treat? Yes, yes we did.

In fact, we’ve got two early treats for you with Galatasaray hosting Club Brugge in Group A and Lokomotiv Moscow going up against Bayer Leverkusen in the Russian capital.

It’s a particularly big game in Group D with victory for either Lokomotiv or Leverkusen set to heap the pressure on second place Atletico Madrid.

A win for either team in Moscow and defeat for Atletico would lead to just a point separating second and third.

Here’s how the two teams are shaping up in Moscow