UEFA Champions League: Rooney reaches 200, Ronaldo hits hat-trick on opening day
Defending European champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as fellow European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid went goal crazy.
Defending European champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as fellow European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid went goal crazy. (All AFP images and text)
Bayern Munich carried on from where they left off last season in the May final at Wembley as Austria left-back David Alaba got Pep Guardiola's side off to a flying start in their Group D clash with a stunning fourth-minute free-kick. <br> Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic then knocked home an Arjen Robben free-kick, despite television replays suggesting three Munich players were offside, four minutes before half-time. <br> Robben wrapped up the scoring midway through the second half from the excellent Alaba's lofted pass.
Despite a dominant second-half display, Juventus had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Champions League Group B opener away to FC Copenhagen on Tuesday. <br> Nicolai Jorgensen gave the hosts a 15th-minute lead but, after riding their luck in the first half, the Danes fell to a 54th-minute equaliser from Fabio Quagliarella.
Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira struck twice in the final 25 minutes to hand Shakhtar Donetsk the perfect start to their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad.
An utterly commanding second-half performance helped Paris Saint-Germain begin their Champions League campaign with a 4-1 win against Olympiakos in Greece on Tuesday. <br> Edinson Cavani had put the French champions ahead at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium with 19 minutes on the clock, but Olympiakos deservedly drew level six minutes later courtesy of a fine individual effort by Vladimir Weiss. <br> However, PSG upped their game after the restart and were rewarded for their efforts when Thiago Motta twice headed home from corners.
Three goals within ten second-half minutes handed Manchester City an easy 3-0 Champions League win over Czech title-holders Viktoria Pilsen in their opening Group D fixture here on Tuesday. <br> Edin Dzeko opened the scoring before Yaya Toure's scintillating curler doubled the lead while Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 with his smart finish.
Wayne Rooney reached 200 Manchester United goals with a brace to give David Moyes a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in his first Champions League group game on Tuesday. <br> The striker scored a brace while Robin van Persie netted a brilliant volley and Antonio Valencia got the fourth one. Simon Rolfes and Omer Toprak scored for Bayer Leverkusen.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated the signing of his new contract with Real Madrid in stunning fashion with his 23rd career hat-trick as the Spanish giants hammered Galatasaray 6-1 at the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday.<br> Umut Bulut's late strike was the only consolation for the hosts while Karim Benzema's brace and Isco's opener in the 12th minute were the other goals for Real Madrid.