Newcastle beats PSG 4-1 after Saudi project gets 2034 World Cup boost; Man City, Barcelona also win

Wed, Oct 4, 2023
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Newcastle beats PSG 4-1 after Saudi project gets 2034 World Cup boost; Man City, Barcelona also win

GENEVA (AP) - Newcastle capped a stellar day for Saudi Arabia's soccer project with a 4-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday that left Kylian Mbappe a picture of despair.

Hours before kickoff at Newcastle, which was struggling when bought by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund just two years ago, the kingdom became the strong favorite to host the 2034 World Cup in a fast-track bidding contest opened by FIFA.

On the field, a Newcastle team fueled by the fervor of its passionate fans, swept aside Mbappe and a PSG team bought by Saudi neighbor Qatar 12 years ago after it was picked as 2022 World Cup host.

Newcastle has raced to the top of the tough Group F where seven-time European champion AC Milan drew 0-0 at Borussia Dortmund, the 1997 title winner.

Other news Pedro scores stoppage-time winner as Lazio beats Celtic 2-1 in Champions League Osman Bukari shines again in Champions League for Red Star Belgrade in 2-2 draw with Young Boys Man City substitutes Alvarez, Doku combine for late goals in 3-1 win at Leipzig in Champions League

Manchester City further restored Premier League pride one day after Arsenal and Manchester United both lost their games in the second round of the group stage.

City won 3-1 at Leipzig and the Abu Dhabi-backed defending champion already looks comfortable atop the Group G standings with lower-ranked Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys drawing 2-2.

Barcelona also earned a second straight win, 1-0 at Porto where the Spanish team's starlet Lamine Yamal became the youngest player to start a European Cup game in the 68-year history of the competition at 16 years, 83 days.

Lazio scored a stoppage-time winning goal at Celtic in a 2-1 victory to join Atletico Madrid on four points in Group E. Atletico trailed twice before outlasting Feyenoord in a 3-2 win.

Shakhtar Donetsk also won 3-2 after trailing at Royal Antwerp, which wasted a 2-0 lead at halftime and missed a penalty in stoppage time.

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