The first day of the Champions League has seen the offensive participation of African players. But, the most striking fact is the achievement of Franck Kessié who struggled until now to make a place in the workforce of FC Barcelona.
Perhaps he was waiting for the magical evening of the Champions League to finally come out of hibernation. Frank Kessié, who is not a starter at Barcelona, may well change the game after his performance against Plzen. The Ivorian international has signaled in the most beautiful way by scoring his first goal for the Blaugrana. The rest of the game will be a formality for the Spaniards who exploded the Czechs (5-1). Kessié could not have dreamed of a better start.
Other Africans have also distinguished themselves in this first day of the Champions League. It was notably the case of Kudus author of a goal and an assist during the large victory of Ajax on its ground in front of the Scottish Rangers (4-0). On the Italian side, it was the Cameroonian Zambo Aguissa who brought his whip in the spanking inflicted on Liverpool (4-1). The Indomitable Lion scored in the 31st minute on a pass from Zielinski who scored twice.
FC Brugge can thank Ivorian defender Abakar Sylla. The latter scored the only goal that gave the Belgians the victory in their first Champions League match against Leverkusen in group B.