The European Champions League took centre stage across Europe last night with eight matches played throughout the continent. A total of 30 goals were scored on Matchday 1 as the well-paid Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick against Didier Drogba’s Turkish club Galatasaray.
Galatasray 1 vs. Real Madrid 6.
Ronaldo moved into the number four slot of the European Cup all-time goalscorer after netting a hat-trick against Galatasaray in Istanbul. Gareth Bale had his European debut for the Los Blancos, coming in for Real’s opening goal scorer Isco, in a game which saw coach Carlo Ancelotti become the only manager to have took charge of 6 clubs in Europe. Karim Benzema scored twice as the La Liga giants cruised to the top of the Group B table.
FC Copenhagen 1 vs. Juventus 1.
In Denmark, Juventus came from behind to draw 11 against FC Copenhagen in the other group B encounter. Nicolai Jorgensen gave Copenhagen the lead in the 14th minute before forward Fabio Quagliarella leveled for the ‘Old Lady of Turin’ in the second-half with a left-footed finish.
Bayern Munich 3 vs. CSKA Moscow 0.
Defending champions Bayern got off well against Russian champions CSKA at the Allianz Arena. David Alaba’s stunning free-kick in the opening five minutes heralded the return of the champions for their title defence in style as Mario Mandzukic and Dutch winger Arjen Robben also scored for the Bavarian giants.
Victoria Plzen 0 vs. Manchester City 3.
It was a good night in Europe for Manchester City which recorded a comfortable victory over Czech side Viktoria Plzen to keep pace with Bayern in Group D. Goals from Eden Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero earned Manuel Pellegrini’s side clean sheet in the opening round of Europe’s elite competition.
Manchester United 4 vs. Bayern Leverkusen 2.
Wayne Rooney scored a brace for the Premier League champions in their victory over German side Bayern Leverkusen at Old Trafford. Robin van Persie and Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia both hit one each past Sami Hypia’s team. Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes and Toprak scored for the visitors.
Real Sociedad 0 vs. Shakter Donetsk 2.
In the other Group A match, Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira scored both goals for Shakter as they recorded a 2-0 win over Sociedad in San Sebastian.
Benfica 2 vs. Anderletch 0
Olympiakos 1 vs. Paris St-Germain 4