The brilliance of Erling Haaland led Manchester City to secure their place in the last-16 of the Champions League. The Norwegian striker was in sublime form, bagging two goals, both from the penalty spot, in the 23rd and 47th minutes. 

However, it was Phil Foden who left spectators spellbound with a stunning goal just before the halftime whistle. A swift counter-attack and an intricate dance through the Young Boys' defense saw Foden finding the net from a tight angle. 

Adding to the Swiss side's woes, Sandro Lauper was sent off in the 53rd minute. Manchester City continues their trophy defense, marching forward with 12 points.

Giroud's Heroics for Milan

AC Milan 2 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain

AC Milan secured their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, upsetting Paris Saint-Germain. The French giants struck first with Milan Škriniar nodding in a corner delivery by Marquinhos. 

However, Milan responded swiftly as Olivier Giroud orchestrated a counter-attack, leading to Rafael Leão's fantastic overhead kick. The match was a whirlwind of action with Ousmane Dembélé hitting the bar for PSG, while Giroud missed a chance for Milan. 

The hero of the night, Giroud, sealed the deal with a header in the 50th minute, throwing Group F into chaos.

Atlético Madrid's Dominance

Atlético Madrid 6 - 0 Celtic

Atlético Madrid put on a dominant performance against a 10-man Celtic, scoring six goals. Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring with a powerful strike from outside the box in the 6th minute, setting the tone for the match. 

Daizen Maeda's red card in the 23rd minute further tilted the scales in favor of the Spanish side. Griezmann continued to shine, assisting Álvaro Morata's goal and later scoring his second. 

Samuel Lino and Saúl Niguez added to the humiliation with spectacular goals, completing the rout for Atlético.

Immobile Fires Lazio Past Feyenoord

Lazio 1 - 0 Feyenoord

Ciro Immobile reached a milestone as he netted his 200th goal for Lazio, helping his team to victory over Feyenoord. The Italian striker rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the empty net after a well-placed pass from Felipe Anderson. 

The win pushed Lazio ahead of Feyenoord, placing them in second position in Group E.

Porto Triumph Over Antwerp

FC Porto 2 - 0 Antwerp

FC Porto moved level on points with Barcelona at the top of Group H with a hard-fought win against Antwerp. Evanilson converted a penalty to open the scoring in the 32nd minute. 

The match saw a turning point with Jurgen Ekkelenkamp's sending-off in the 52nd minute after a VAR review. Pepe headed home late in the game, securing Porto's place in the last-16, setting the stage for a crucial clash against Barcelona.

Leipzig Advances Despite Late Scare

Red Star Belgrade 1 - 2 RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig secured their spot in the knockout rounds despite a late comeback attempt by Red Star Belgrade. Xavi Simons and Loïs Openda found the net for Leipzig, but a late own goal by Benjamin Heinrichs gave the Serbian side a glimmer of hope. Ultimately, Leipzig held on to advance alongside Manchester City.

Dortmund Dominates Depleted Newcastle

Borussia Dortmund 2 - 0 Newcastle United

A depleted Newcastle United faced a formidable Borussia Dortmund side. Niclas Füllkrug opened the scoring for Dortmund in the 26th minute. Joelinton missed a golden opportunity for Newcastle, and Julian Brandt sealed the win with a powerful left-footed strike in the 79th minute. 

Dortmund temporarily tops the group, while Newcastle's hopes of advancing took a significant hit.

Shakhtar Stuns Barcelona

Shakhtar Donetsk 1 - 0 Barcelona

In a shocking upset, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Barcelona, preventing the Spanish side from securing qualification to the next round. Danylo Sikan's 40th-minute header proved to be the match-winner. 

Barcelona struggled to break down Shakhtar's resolve and left Hamburg empty-handed. While Barcelona remains at the top of the group, Shakhtar is closing the gap.

As the Champions League group stage unfolds, every match brings its share of drama and surprises, showcasing the beauty and unpredictability of Europe's premier club competition. The battles for knockout round berths intensify, promising more thrilling moments to come.

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