Champions League: Atletico beats defending champion Liverpool, Erling Braut Haaland stuns PSG

By Matias Grez and John Sinnott, CNN

Updated 2302 GMT (0702 HKT) February 18, 2020
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5:53 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

That's all, folks

Matias Grez

Who else but Haaland.

The teenager was the star of the show once again on a Champions League night -- but this time in the yellow of Borussia Dortmund.

In his first game in Europe for his new club since moving from Red Bull Salzburg in January, the Norwegian wonderkid scored two goals as Dortmund beat PSG 2-1.

In truth, the margin of victory should have been bigger and the tie is by no means over yet.

The German side will have its work cut out when the two sides meet for the second leg in Paris in three weeks' time.

You can read all about Haaland's match-winning performance here.

Borussia Dortmund players celebrate at full time.
Borussia Dortmund players celebrate at full time. Photo by SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP via Getty Images

Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid put on a masterclass of defending as it edged out reigning champion Liverpool 1-0.

Jurgen Klopp's side couldn't even muster a single shot on target in 90 minutes and it sets up an enthralling second leg.

But you would never bet against Liverpool at Anfield.

We'll be back again tomorrow for Tottenham vs. RB Leipzig and Atalanta vs. Valencia.

5:39 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

Remember the name

John Sinnott

Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland just can't stop scoring.

He's now joint top -- with Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski -- of the Champions League goalscoring charts with 10 goals after netting twice in Dortmund's 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Erling Braut Haaland performs his trademark meditation celebration.
Erling Braut Haaland performs his trademark meditation celebration. Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

Haaland has also rewritten the history books tonight, becoming the fastest player to reach 10 goals in the Champions League -- it took him just seven games.

5:25 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

Klopp philosophical

John Sinnott

There's a sense of frustration from Jurgen Klopp as the Liverpool manager reflects on his team's 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid.

"It was the fight and atmosphere we expected. We lacked a bit in the final third, though they defended with all they had," Klopp told BT Sport.

"They only wanted to have this kind of result. I'm looking forward to the second leg. It's only half-time in this tie.

"Wow that's energy," added Klopp, referring to Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone's passionate urging on of his team on the touchline.

Klopp's final observation was this:

"Welcome to Anfield, it's not over yet."

4:53 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

Champions League surprises

John Sinnott

Wins for both home teams in the Champions League on Tuesday, with both games delivering surprises.

Erling Braut Håland, 19, scores twice as Borussia Dortmund stun Paris Saint-Germain.

Meanwhile in the Spanish capital Atletico Madrid grind out a 1-0 win over Champions League holder Liverpool thanks to an early goal from Saul Niguez.

4:48 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020


John Sinnott

Erling Braut Håland's keeps rewriting the Champions League script ...

4:43 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

Enter Diego Costa ... stage right

John Sinnott

Diego Costa has come on for Atleti and we don't have to wait long before there's some drama.

He's tackled by Fabinho -- fairly -- but Costa takes a dramatic fall. The good news is the Atleti striker is fine.

4:38 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

Volcanic ash memories

John Sinnott

Just under 10 years ago Liverpool came to Madrid to play Atleti ... and lost 1-0.

That was for a Europa League semifinal first leg and came after a 1200-mile journey by train, coach and plane.

Liverpool had been forced to travel for over 24 hours after volcanic ash cloud from Iceland caused travel chaos across northern Europe.

Liverpool won the second-leg 2-1 but Atleti proceeded to the final on the away goal rule.

4:37 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

GOAL! Dortmund 2-1 PSG

Matias Grez

What. A. GOAL!

Just two minutes after PSG had stunned Signal Iduna Park, the roof almost lifts off the stadium as Erling Braut Haaland rifles the ball into the back of the next.

It's an assist for the 17-year-old substitute Giovanni Reyna, who spins on the ball and finds Haaland -- but what about that finish.

From outside the area, that strike is a rocket and keeper Keylor Navas doesn't even bother reaching his arms out to try and save it. That one is unstoppable.

4:34 p.m. ET, February 18, 2020

GOAL! Dortmund 1-1 PSG

Matias Grez

Seemingly from nothing, PSG draws level against Borussia Dortmund!

It's a goal all of Kylian Mbappe's making as the French forward's searing pace sees him break free of several Dortmund defenders and square the ball for Neymar to tap in.