Late Goals Save Liverpool and Sink Tottenham in Champions League

Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday but rallied for a 3-2 victory against visiting Paris St.-Germain through an injury-time winner from the substitute Roberto Firmino in the night’s marquee Champions League showdown.

Firmino, who was not in the starting lineup after scratching his eye in Saturday’s Premier League victory at Tottenham, found enough space to weave through the P.S.G. defense and strike a low shot into the far corner to claim the victory only minutes after Kylian Mbappé had appeared to steal a tie for the visitors.

Mbappé’s 83rd-minute equalizer was negated by his carelessness at the other end in stoppage time, when he was dispossessed by James Milner, giving Liverpool a final chance to attack the P.S.G. goal. Firmino made it count, cutting left and then right before firing his winning shot.

For his celebration, the Brazilian forward covered his left eye as teammates surrounded him.

Liverpool, back in the Champions League four months after falling in the final, showed it might be capable of challenging for the title once again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappé for much of the game.

An emphatic start saw Daniel Sturridge score the opener in the 30th minute, and Milner doubled the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later. But Thomas Meunier sliced a shot into the net just before halftime, and then Mbappé took advantage of a Mohamed Salah turnover to score the equalizer.

The match was not the only one involving late drama for a Premier League club; in Milan, Tottenham looked to be on its way to victory before surrendering two goals to Internazionale in the final six minutes, including Matias Vecino’s headed winner in stoppage time.

Vecino’s goal, a few minutes after the Inter captain Mauro Icardi had sent the crowd of 64,123 at the San Siro into a frenzy with a stunning equalizer, gave the Italian club a 2-1 victory in its first Champions League match in six years.

“Maybe it was destiny that the ball fell to me, but I think the team showed a lot of character to believe right until the end and turn the match around against such a good team as Tottenham,” Vecino said.

BARCELONA 4, PSV 0 Lionel Messi tallied a record eighth Champions League hat trick as Barcelona thrashed visiting PSV Eindhoven at Camp Nou. Three days after a rare poor performance in a Spanish league match against Real Sociedad, Messi returned to normal service with three goals. That took him past his longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who has seven Champions League hat tricks. Ousmane Dembélé also scored for Barcelona, which was already ahead by 3-0 when it was reduced to 10 men as defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off with a second yellow card. The victory extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run at home to 27 matches (25-0-2) in the Champions League.

DORTMUND 1, CLUB BRUGGE 0 Christian Pulisic celebrated his birthday and his return from injury by scoring on a deflection to give Borussia Dortmund a late 1-0 win at Belgium’s Club Brugge. The 20-year-old Pulisic, who had not played since Aug. 26 because of a muscular injury, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic’s attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.

RED STAR 0, NAPOLI 0 Red Star used a bit of luck to come away with a point against Napoli in its long-awaited return to the Champions League. Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne hit the crossbar early, Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan did well to stop an effort from Arkadiusz Milik, and defender Milan Rodic cleared an attempt from Napoli’s Jose Callejon off the line midway through the second half. Red Star was making its first appearance in the competition since 1991, the year it won the European Cup, the precursor to the modern Champions League. The Serbian champion, Red Star advanced through four qualifying rounds to reach the group stage.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page B14 of the New York edition with the headline: Late Goal Saves Liverpool in Champions League Opener. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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