UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 had its surprises and thrills on Wednesday, with Bayern Munich and Atalanta opening their account with big wins. Real Madrid were off to a shocking start while Inter and Monchengladbach fought off a nail baiting draw in Group B fixture. Here we will run a summary of Matchday 1 results on Wednesday.
Group B: (Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Borussia Monchengladbach, Shakhtar Donetsk)
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk ( 2-3): Zidane’s men suffer shock defeat against Ukrainian Champions
Real Madrid could not have asked for a poor start after getting humbled by Shakhtar Donetsk at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. The Ukrainians scored three goals in the first half, thereby exposing Madrid’s Sergio Ramos-less defence. Young Brazilian Tete was also over the Los Blancos’ defence scoring the first goal while setting up the second one for Manor Solomon. Raphael nearly replicated horrendous performance he had against Manchester City months ago, scoring an own goal to make it 3-0 for Shakhtar before first-half. Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Vincius Jr were brought from the bench in the second half to inspire a comeback, but it looked too late for Los Blancos as they managed to score only two goals.
Inter Milan vs Borussia Monchengladbach ( 2-2): Romelu Lukaku heroics helps Inter a breathtaking draw
The Group D also had another exciting match to cherish as Inter Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach fought off 2-2 draw at San Siro. Romelu Lukaku opened the account at the start of the second half before it was cancelled by Ramey Bensebaini’s penalty goal, resulted from a sloppy foul committed by Arturo Vidal. The visitors looked nearly put the game to bed after taking the lead through Hoffman’s striker but Lukaku’s goal in the eleventh hour helped Inter evade a defeat on their opening day.
Group D (Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland)
Ajax vs Liverpool (0-1): Tagliafico’s own goal hands Liverpool three points
Liverpool have commenced their new Champions League season with a narrow win over Ajax. Nicolas Tagliafico’s own goal in the first half was enough for the Reds to collect three points. The hosts were close to scoring an equalizer at the start of the second half as Davy Klassen rattled the post.
Midtjylland vs Atalanta (0-4): Atalanta trounce Danish newcomers with an excellent attacking display
Atalanta thrashed Danish outfit with a thumping 4-0 win, with the attacking trio of Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata and Papu Gomez doing the damage. Debutant Alexsei Miranchuk also found the scoresheet, coming off the bench in the second half. Atalanta gave the perfect response for their defeat against Napoli in Serie A last week.
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Bayern Munich vs Atletico Madrid (4-0): Defending Champions leave Atletico in tatters.
Atletico Madrid have become the latest victims of Bayern Munich following the 4-0 crumbling defeat. Bayern have announced their title defence with an emphatic win after goals from Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso, with the later one scoring a belter in the second half. Hansi Flick’s Bayern looks limitless at the moment and they are already a favourite for this season as well.
RB Salzburg vs Lokomotiv Moscow (2-2): Super Sub Lisakovich helps Lokomotiv Moscow to a draw
Salzburg have been held to a 2-2 draw by Lokomotiv Moscow in another Group A fixture. The Russian outfit took an early lead through Eder’s goal but Salzburg responded with back to back goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Zlatko Junuzovic. Lokomotiv Moscow somehow found he equalizer with the help of substitute Vitaly Lisakovich.
Group C: Manchester City, Marseille, Olympiacos, Porto
Manchester City vs Porto (3-1): Ferran scores on his debut as Man City off to winning start
Manchester City had their early troubles in the game which led to Porto scoring their first goal. However, City gained back the momentum after the Portuguese conceded a penalty, which was successfully converted by Sergio Aguero. Ilkay Gundogan scored the second through a fantastic free right-kick right before the half time. Ferran Torres scored the winner in his UCL debut for the Citizens while it also marked his first goal for the club.
Olympiacos vs Marseille (1-0): Ahmed Hassan with the stoppage-time winner
Olympiacos have edged out Marseille in their opening game as Ahmad Hassan scored the winning goal in the injury time. Mathieu Valbuena provided the cross before it found the header of the Egyptian striker.