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UCL ; Real Madrid leave it till late, Leicester and Manchester City win

Champions League holders Real Madrid earned a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in their opening Group F match at the Bernabeu thanks to late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.

Bruno Cesar’s goal in the 47th minute gave the visitors the lead over the defending champions, but an 89th minute free kick from Ronaldo and a stoppage time header from Morata secured the late win.

Leicester City marked their Champions League debut in stunning style as they thrashed Club Brugge 3-0 away from home.

Leicester scored twice inside the first half an hour with Marc Albrighton netting the Foxes’ first-ever Champions League goal, before Riyad Mahrez crashed in a brilliant free-kick. Mahrez made it 3-0 with a second-half penalty with Leicester, who dominated at the Jan Breydel Stadium, top of Group G after Porto and Copenhagen drew 1-1.

Manchester City kept up their perfect start to the season and began their Champions League campaign with a win, at the second attempt, by beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium courtesy of a Sergio Aguero hat trick. Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to add a late fourth. That result puts City second in Group C, behind Barcelona on goal difference.

Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on their Champions League return, didn’t go too well, as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against AS Monaco. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring for Monaco in the 15th minute before Thomas Lemar doubled the Ligue 1 side’s lead in the 31st minute. Toby Alderweireld rose to head home an Erik Lamela corner kick at the near post to give them hope at the break but Spurs were unable to complete the turnaround.

Juventus were frustrated by a stubborn Sevilla side in Turin as the 2015 Champions League finalists started this year’s campaign with a 0-0 draw. Record signing Gonzalo Higuain came closest when he hit the crossbar, while Sami Khedira was wasteful with two clear openings in the first period.Borussia Dortmund annihilated Legia Warsaw in Poland as 6 different players found the net in a 6-0 Champions League rout.

Three goals in the opening 17 minutes from Mario Gotze, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Marc Bartra saw Thomas Tuchel’s side make the most of some shambolic defending to take charge.

Raphael Guerreiro then fired in a fourth, substitute Gonzalo Castro added a fifth with his first touch and then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got in on the act to round off a comfortable night for the Germans.


CSKA Moscow grabbed a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League Group E opener in Germany.


10-man FC Copenhagen fought hard to earn a 1-1 draw at Porto in Champions League Group G.


Lyon who were without talisman Alexandre Lacazette eased the pressure on coach Bruno Genesio with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb to open their Champions League campaign.


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