Junior Messias jumped from the bench and nodded in a Kessie cross for the 1-0 win in Madrid.
“This is special, because we won our first Champions League game, as we fought to the bitter end to have a place in this competition and dreamed of this night," Kessie told Sky Italia.
“We fought hard, believed all the way and got the deserved victory. Naturally, this win will be a huge boost for everyone.
“It is never easy to play here, we battled for every ball with a series of duels and we are very happy."
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