MADRID, Sporting Alert – Champions League scores and results from the first round group matches that were played on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
Among the teams picking up wins in their group openers were Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and debutants Leicester City.
Defending champions Real Madrid started with a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon, but were made to work hard for the win in the Group F matchup at the Bernebeu.
In fact, it took two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata to help the home side dodged making a less than ideal start to the defense of their European title.
The Spanish giants fell behind in the 47th minute when Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Cesar fired a shot out of the reach of a with full-stretched Kiko Casilla and the score stayed a 1-0 in favour of the visitors until the final moments of the contest.
But Ronaldo scored from a free-kick against his former club to make it 1-1 in the 89th minute before Morata struck the winner four-minutes into injury-time to seal a stunning comeback.
Also on Wednesday, Sergio Aguero bagged his second hat-trick of the season to pilot Manchester City to a commanding 4-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their rescheduled Champions League Group C opener.
Talented striker Kelechi Iheanacho continued his rich form this season, after scoring the other goal for the home side at the Etihad Stadium as a second half substitute.
In Group G, a brace from Riyad Mahrez lifted Leicester City to a 3-0 hammering of Club Brugge 3-0 in the English Premier League champs’ Champions League debut.
Marc Albrighton opened the scoring for the Foxes in the 5th minute before Mahrez added two more, including scoring a penalty shortly after the hour mark.
German side Borusssia Dortmund blasted six unanswered goals past Legia Warsaw’s goalkeeper in a 6-0 victory in Group F at the Pepsi Arena.
On Tuesday night, Lionel Messi collected a hat-trick and Neymar finished with a host of assists, and Barcelona punished Celtics 7-0 in their Champions League Group C match at the Nou Camp.
German giants Bayern Munich were also in good scoring touch on Tuesday evening – beating Rostok 5-0 in Group D at the Allianz Arena.
Champions League Scores
Group Match First Round
Basel 1-1 Ludogorets
Group A at St Jakob-Park.
PSG 1-1 Arsenal
Group A at the Parc des Princes.
Benfica 1-1 Besiktas
Group B at Estadio da Luz.
Dynamo Kiev 1-2 Napoli
Group B at the Olympic Stadium.
Manchester City 4-0 B M’gladbach
Group C at the Etihad Stadium.
Barcelona 7-0 Celtic
Group C at the Nou Camp.
Bayern Munich 5-0 Rostok
Group D at the Allianz Arena.
PSV 0-1 Atletico Madrid
Group D at the Philips Stadion.
Tottenham 1-2 Monaco
Group E at Wembley.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 CSKA Moscow
Group E at the BayArena.
Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Lisbon
Group F at the Bernebeu.
Legia Warsaw 0-6 Borusssia Dortmund
Group F at the Pepsi Arena.
Porto 1-1 Copenhagen
Group G at the Estadio do Dragao.
Club Brugge 0-3 Leicester
Group G at Jan Breydel.
Lyon 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Group H at the Stade des Lumieres.
Juventus 0-0 Sevilla
Group H at Juventus Stadium.