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Champions League: Holders Real Madrid get title defence off to winning start


Champions League: Holders Real Madrid get title defence off to winning start


Holders Real Madrid got their Champions League title defence off to the perfect start with a 5-1 home win over Basel.

Gareth bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema were all on target to help complete the rout.

Marek Suchy scored an own goal for Real’s first while Derlis Gonzalez put the Swiss on the scoreboard on 38 minutes for their only goal of the night.

Elsewhere in a mad final ten minutes at Anfield that saw three goals Steven Gerrard rescued Liverpool from the penalty spot nearing full time to hand his side a 2-1 win over competition new comers Ludogorets.

Mario Balotelli scored his first goal in a Liverpool shirt on 82 minutes only for it to be cancelled out by Dani Abalo.

Moments later Gerrard converted from the spot for the win after another goalkeeping error from Milan Borjan led to him felling Javi Manquillo.

It was the Liverpool skipper’s 40th goal in Europe.

In Group A Carlos Tevez scored twice to hand Italian champions Juventus an opening 2-0 victory against the Swede’s of Malmo.

Contrasting matchday one fortunes for Spanish champions Atletico Madrid who suffered a 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos.

The Russians of Zenit St Petersburg kicked off with a 2-0 away win at Benfica in Group C.

The other group game saw principality club Monaco edge past Bayer Leverkusen one nil – Joao Moutinho with the winner on the hour mark.

And finally Borussia Dortmund got the better of Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

The Germans comfortably beat Arsenal 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Elswhere in Group D Burak Yilmaz scored in the final moments of the game to cancel out Dennis Praet’s opener and hand Galatasaray a one all draw with Anderlecht.

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