The UEFA Champions League kicked off on Tuesday night as the group stages began as the best teams from across the continuent took to the field to battle it out for the moniker of best team in Europe.
Former Liverpool boss Brendon Rodgers had a horrific start to the Champions League as the new Celtic manager. The Bhoys slumped to a 7-0 demolition dealt by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. The Blaugrana showed no signs that they had been beaten at home to newly promoted side Alavés.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi stole the limelight scoring a hat-trick for his side. The four-time ballon d’or winner put on a show at the Nou Camp, something the Barcelona faithful are used to seeing on a regular basis.
The MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar) were the forefront of this skirmish scoring 6 of the seven goals. Brazilian striker Neymar had chipped in with a voluptuous free-kick just outside the box and the Uruguayan goal machine Luiz Suarez contributed with a brace. Andres Iniesta also found himself on the scoresheet after thumping home an incredible volley from a cross that Neymar provided.
Arsenal fans flooded the Parc des Princes as the Gunners readied themselves to take on the Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. Disaster struck for Arsenal when striker Edinson Cavani headed home a cross from Ivory Coast International Serge Aurier after forty-two seconds. Cavani had a couple of more chances but failed to take advantage. Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina replaced the formidable Petr Cech in goal and was a vital part for not conceding further. Alexis Sanchez scored a seventy-eighth minute equalizer rescuing a point for his side.
Bayern Munich were their usual destructive self as they annihilated FC Rostov 5-0. Newly appointed manager and former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti made four changes to the side that defeated Schalke. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski put the Bavarians in front from twelve yards, and Thomas Müller scored just before half-time. Young boy Joshua Kimmich scored a brace and substitute Juan Bernat scored the fifth late on in the second half.
Unfortunately for Manchester City fans, their match against Borussia Monchengladbach had to be postponed to the next day due to heavy thunderstorms and rain. It was deemed unsafe by officials and the match was called off.SHOW MORE