Champions League Round up – All the Goals

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A stroll for Real Madrid, a last minute penalty for Liverpool on their Champions League return, losses for Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, and wins for the rest. It was an action-packed evening in Europe’s premier club competition, and all the goals from all the matches are embedded below. Goal of the night honours resulted in a three way tie, with Bale’s against Basel, Immobile’s solo effort against Arsenal and Carlos Tevez’s sublime free kick against Malmo.

Dortmund 2 – 0 Arsenal

Arsenal’s injury crisis in defence proved too serious a blow, and Dortmund won easily at home, with the final score being a modest reflection of the German side’s dominance.

 

Zenit 2 – 0 Benfica

Brazilian international Hulk and former Benfica darling Axel Witsel put the Portuguese side to the sword with two first half goals, Hulk’s being the pick of the two.

 

Galatasaray 1 -1 Anderlecht

Anderlecht were denied what would have been their first Champions League away win in over a decade by a last gasp equaliser from Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz. After falling behind through Praet’s lovely opening goal, it took the Turkish giants until the first minute of added time to stifle the Belgian celebrations.

 

Juventus 2 – 0 Malmo

The Italian champions were far too strong for the Swedish minnows, and it was Carlos Tevez, who hadn’t scored a Champions League goal since his time at Manchester United, who proved the most incisive individual. Scoring twice in the second half, his first was facilitated by a sublime backheel, and his second was a crisply struck free kick that swooped inside the far post. Tasty.

 

Liverpool 2 – 1 Ludogorets

Liverpool’s return to Champions League football after their extended absence almost ended embarrassingly for them at Anfield. It took until the final ten minutes for Mario Balotelli to open his Liverpool account, but Ludogorets, the heavy underdogs, hit back in the final minute of regulation time. A penalty awarded in the third added minute saved Liverpool’s blushes and the captain Steven Gerrard slotted it home calmly in front of the Kop.

 

Monaco 1 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen

Joao Moutinho made sure that Monaco edged this match, scoring in the 61st minute. After starting the French domestic season poorly, and still reeling from the twin losses of Falcao and James Rodriguez, Monaco will have been relieved to open their Champions League campaign with a win.

 

Olympiacos 3 – 2 Atletico Madrid

In what was the shock result of the round, Greek champions Olympiacos shocked last season’s Champions League runners up, Atleti, earning a runaway victory at home. After racing to 2-0, then 3-1, an Antoine Greizmann goal set up a nervy finish, but Olympiacos held firm and finished the evening elated, buoyed by an unexpected, but wholly deserved three points.

 

 

Real Madrid 5 – 1 Basel

The super squad that Madrid have assembled at no little expense proved far too strong for the Swiss upstarts, and Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema and James all scored in the breezy 5-1 thrashing. Bale’s lifted lob and cushioned finished was a goal of some poise, and after losing to their bitter rivals Atleti in their last La Liga match, Real were soothed by the familiar tonic of a dominant victory.

 

 

 

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