The first set of Champions League games have wrapped up with 16 goals across the eight games. In the night’s most prestigious matchup Bayern Munich emerged comfortable victors from the Camp Nou where goals from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, twice, did not adequately reflect the comfortable nature of their 3-0 win over Barcelona. Reigning champions Chelsea were made to work hard for their 1-0 win over Zenit Saint Petersburg but Romelu Lukaku delivered when they needed him most.
Perhaps the most dramatic games came earlier in the day with Sevilla and Red Bull Salzburg sharing four penalties in a 1-1 draw. The Austrian champions missed two of their trio of shots from 12 yards out and failed to kill off a game where their hosts spent much of the second half a man down when Youssef En-Nesyri dived in an attempt to win a fifth spot kick.
Meanwhile Manchester United suffered what may well be the biggest shock of matchday one, losing 2-1 to Young Boys in Bern. Cristiano Ronaldo had given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the lead in the first half but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card changed the course of a game where second half goals from Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu and US international Jordan Pefok, pouncing on an error from Jesse Lingard, earned the Swiss champions a famous win.
There was plenty of entertainment to be found at the Madrigal too as Villarreal and Atalanta split the points in an excellent 2-2 draw, Robin Gosens earning the Italian visitors a crucial point to start their Champions League campaign.
Meanwhile In Sweden Juventus had their game against Malmo won by half time as they cruised to a 3-0 victory whilst Lille vs. Wolfsburg and Dynamo Kyiv vs. Benfica both ended goalless, Mykola Shaparenko seeing his goal ruled out for offside in the last minute.