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The Champions League returned on Wednesday morning (AEST) as holders Chelsea began their defence of the trophy they beat Manchester City for at the end of last season.

Manchester United also gave Cristiano Ronaldo his second European debut for the club, while Juventus were in European action for the first time without the competition’s all-time top scorer.

Barcelona, too, were adjusting to life without their megastar after Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain as they went up against German champions Bayern Munich.

Here’s how the teams fared during the first round of fixtures of matchday one.

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CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

Romelu Lukaku enlivened an otherwise flat Chelsea performance with the only goal to beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 and get the Blues’ Champions League defence off to a winning start.

Lukaku never made a Champions League appearance during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but is quickly making up for lost time since returning to Chelsea for a club record £97 million ($134 million) last month.

The Belgian striker now has four goals in as many games and his predatory instincts 21 minutes from time papered over the cracks of a disappointing display from Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Tuchel urged his players not to rest on their laurels after their surprise run to become European champions last season.

However, the glory of their victory over Manchester City in Porto was hard to shrug off as the German, Edouard Mendy and Jorginho were presented with awards on the pitch before kick-off as UEFA coach, goalkeeper and player of the year respectively.

(Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
(Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)Source: AFP

YOUNG BOYS 2-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

Substitute Jordan Siebatcheu struck with the last kick of the game as Swiss side Young Boys claimed a sensational 2-1 Champions League win over 10-man Manchester United on Tuesday after Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier opened the scoring.

USA striker Siebatcheu pounced on Jesse Lingard’s short back-pass to tuck the ball past David de Gea for a 95th-minute winner in front of a delirious crowd at the Wankdorf Stadium.

Ronaldo had earlier put United ahead with his third goal in two games since returning to Old Trafford.

However, the match hinged on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s sending-off late in the first half for a dangerous tackle on Young Boys midfielder Christopher Martins which gave Young Boys hope.

The hosts hit back to equalise in the second half through Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu and Ronaldo was substituted before Siebatcheu got the winner.

It is a terrible start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in Group F, especially with tougher tests likely to come against Atalanta and Villarreal.

(Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)Source: AFP

BARCELONA 0-3 BAYERN MUNICH

Life after Lionel Messi is looking increasingly bleak for Barcelona as the Catalans were thumped at the Nou Camp by German giants Bayern Munich.

Thomas Muller opened the scoring for Bayern after 34 minutes with a well-executed finish before it became the Robert Lewandowski show.

The Polish striker, who wanted to leave the club for a new challenge during the recent transfer window, scored twice in the second half to condemn Barcelona to a heavy defeat.

Lewandowski’s recent form in this competition is unrivalled, as he now averages a goal every 68 minutes over the last three Champions League campaigns.

Barcelona, on the other hand, managed zero shots on target and with just 47 per cent possession and counter-attacking football, looked a million miles away from the team that Messi played such a big part in.

It’s the first time in five years Barcelona failed to register a shot on target; a “horrid” night for the Catalans giant.

(Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)Source: AFP

MALMO 0-3 JUVENTUS

Juventus got off to a winning start in the Champions League with a 3-0 cruise past Malmo on Tuesday which the Italians will hope kick-starts their season.

Juventus came into their opening Group H fixture with just a point from their first three Serie A matches but Malmo were no match for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, who swept to victory in Sweden thanks to goals from Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata.

The thumping win puts Juve on top of the group, level on three points with European champions Chelsea who they face next in Turin in two weeks’ time.

(Photo by Andreas HILLERGREN / various sources / AFP)Source: AFP

SEVILLA 1-1 RB SALZBURG

It was a game of two penalties in Spain as 10-man Sevilla held on to a draw against Group G rivals RB Salzburg.

Luka Sucic put the German side ahead after 21 minutes from the spot before former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic levelled the scoring from the penalty spot for the hosts just before half time.

However, a red card for Youssef En-Nesyri meant Sevilla needed to hold on for what could turn out to be a crucial point in a group that also contains Lille and Wolfsburg.

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Eighteen years ago, during Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Champions League campaign, Manchester United registered an all-time low two shots on target during a game.

A shooting display like that had not been put on by the club since then, until Ronaldo’s second European debut for the club this morning (AEST), during the shock 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys.

It makes it all the more peculiar when you consider the embarrassment of attacking riches United have at their disposal with Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard all involved in the game.

Of course, that stat comes with the astrix that United were playing nearly an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for a reckless and clumsy challenge in the first half.

Ronaldo did have a penalty shout in the second half, with a potential red card to go with it to even up the sides, but it was turned down, much to the frustration of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the game.

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“He shoves him with his arm and he’s one-on-one with the keeper. But he probably didn’t do it as he would have had to send him off and that’s sometimes what you get with young refs,” he said after the game.

Amid the carnival atmosphere and fanfare that has greeted the three summer signings of Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, perhaps the most important signing was the one that was made at the start of the transfer window, before any of the trio had even arrived.

Manchester United had tied Solskjaer down to a new three-year deal to extend his stay at Old Trafford until at least 2024, with the option of an extra year, on the back on a second-placed Premier League finish and a Europa League final appearance.

Barring the absence of a top-class defensive midfielder, he now boasts one of the best squads in the world, and the pressure is on him to prove it.

Defeat to Young Boys means Solskjaer’s Champions League record now reads seven defeats from 11 games following the dour group-stage exit last season and the Old Trafford higher-ups will be sweating over a repeat of that now.

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(Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)Source: AFP

United were hardly dominant before the red card, but after it Solskjaer allowed his side to sit back and try to hold on for the 1-0 win, something very difficult to do with an hour left of a game. After conceding, he then decided that a draw would suffice, took off his two most attacking threats in Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes and replaced them with Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard, while also playing five at the back.

Those tactics failed him in the final seconds of added time, when Lingard’s careless back-pass was intercepted and United boarded the plane home with nothing to show from their trip to Switzerland.

Comparisons were quickly drawn with Thomas Tuchel, who managed to expertly shift his Chelsea tactics against a far more dangerous opposition in Liverpool when in the same situation after a red card. The Blues came away with a well-earned point.

It posed more questions of Solskjaer’s ability to manage his team of superstars and how again he fell short tactically to a team considered the weakest in their group.

“Of all the managers in the top-four fight, Ole hasn’t proved he can win at this level yet,” ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He’s done what he’s been asked to do up until this point. Now it’s D-Day.

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“It’s his squad, shaped by him, a wonderful transfer window just gone, bringing in winners, people that can change the culture of this club.

“Now he’ll be judged properly. Now you’ve got to convert that to trophies and if he doesn’t his head will be on the chopping block like any other manager.”

Another of Solskjaer’s former teammates, Paul Scholes, agreed and insisted that he must win a trophy at Manchester United this season, hinting that he is the weak link when compared to title rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

“It’s been a really quiet time for United over the last few years and Ole has built a squad that should be capable of winning the top prizes,” Scholes said. “There’s not a lot of difference in the top four squads, the only difference is probably in the managers. Ole has to win something this season.”

While still lacking tactically, what Solskjaer does have on his side is man-management skills which are second to none and why so many of United’s newest stars were so keen to play for him.

That will be key in managing the growing number of egos in the dressing room, with the happiness of Ronaldo and Paul Pogba key in whether this will be a successful season or not.

From now, there are no more excuses for Solskjaer and he will need to find the right answers quickly.

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The second day of matchday one of the Champions League is done and dusted and it came with a plethora of goals, including two hat-tricks.

Liverpool and AC Milan rekindled their European rivalry from the 2005 and 2007 finals, while Jack Grealish finally got his first taste of Champions League football with Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Lionel Messi was playing for a club other than Barcelona in Europe for the first time in his career and Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were both in action.

Here’s what happened…

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LIVERPOOL 3-2 AC MILAN

Jordan Henderson’s stunning strike ensured Liverpool came from behind to beat AC Milan once more with a pulsating 3-2 victory at Anfield to get their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

The Reds famously came from 3-0 down to beat the Italian giants on penalties in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, but should have made far easier work of disposing of Stefano Pioli’s men on their return to top level European football.

Seven-time winners, Milan were playing their first Champions League match for seven years and were given a rude awakening to the step up in class but for a two-minute spell before half-time that threatened to take the game away from Liverpool.

Fikayo Tomori’s early only goal was scant reward for the home side’s early dominance as Mike Maignan saved Mohamed Salah’s penalty.

But goals from Ante Rebic and Brahim Diaz turned the game on its head completely against the run of play.

Salah levelled the scores once more before Henderson’s thunderous finish proved a deserving winner 21 minutes from time.

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MANCHESTER CITY 6-3 RB LEIPZIG

Jack Grealish scored a superb first Champions League goal as Manchester City survived Christopher Nkunku’s hat-trick to beat RB Leipzig 6-3 in a pulsating Group A opener on Wednesday.

Grealish admits the lure of playing on the Champions League stage convinced him to leave his boyhood club Aston Villa to join City in a club record £100 million ($185 million) move in the close-season.

The England winger made the most of his first taste of the tournament’s bright lights with a brilliant solo effort in the second half at the Etihad Stadium.

Grealish also set up City’s first goal for Nathan Ake with a pin-point corner. While City were snubbed by Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portugal superstar opted to join Manchester United, Pep Guardiola believes the younger Grealish is more than ample compensation and this influential display underlined why.

Nordi Mukiele’s own goal had doubled City’s lead before Nkunku got one back on a memorable personal evening for the French winger.

Riyad Mahrez’s penalty made it 3-1 and Nkunku netted again before Grealish’s moment of magic.

Nkunku’s third was followed by Joao Cancelo’s rocket and a red card for Leipzig’s former City defender Angelino.

Gabriel Jesus rounded off the goal-spree as City celebrated Guardiola’s 300th game in charge in fitting style.

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CLUB BRUGGE 1-1 PSG

Lionel Messi finally made his first start for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday but the French giants had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in Belgium to start their Champions League campaign.

Ander Herrera gave PSG an early lead at the Jan Breydel Stadium only for Hans Vanaken to equalise for the home side, who were excellent and thoroughly deserved their point.

Messi – who had played just 24 minutes as a substitute prior to this game – is still looking for his first goal for his new club although he hit the bar in the first half and tested Brugge goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after the break before picking up a yellow card for a foul on Mats Rits.

However it was not a convincing performance from the Parisians as coach Mauricio Pochettino lined up his star attacking trio of Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe together for the first time.

Mbappe came off hurt in the second half and PSG, despite building a team with the aim of winning the Champions League for the first time, have already complicated their chances just of making it out of a difficult Group A.

(Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)
(Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)Source: AFP

INTERNAZIONALE 0-1 REAL MADRID

Rodrygo sank wasteful Inter Milan with the last-gasp winner in a 1-0 triumph at the San Siro which gives Real Madrid the perfect start to their Champions League campaign.

The Italian champions are trying to make the competition’s knockout rounds for the first time since 2011/12 but they were punished for letting a series of opportunities slip by before Brazilian Rodrygo’s beautifully struck goal in the final minute.

It was a harsh result for Inter against Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid, who up to that point had shown little of the attacking verve which has brought them 13 goals in four La Liga games so far this season.

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BESIKTAS 1-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND

England midfielder Jude Bellingham shone with a goal and an assist for Erling Braut Haaland as Borussia Dortmund kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win at Besiktas.

Bellingham silenced the boisterous crowd in Istanbul with the opening goal and then unpicked the home defence to serve up a simple tap-in for Haaland to claim his 21st Champions League goal just before half-time.

Javi Montero headed in a consolation goal for Besiktas deep in added time. Haaland underlined his reputation as a prolific scorer, taking his tally to 14 goals in 10 games this season for Dortmund and Norway.

(Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

SHERIFF 2-0 SHAKHTAR DONETSK

Sheriff Tiraspol enjoyed a fairytale start to life in the Champions League on Wednesday as the club from a tiny separatist region of Moldova dished out a 2-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.

Adama Traore and Momo Yansane scored the historic first ever goals of a club from the ex-Soviet country at the high table of the European game.

Having dispatched the 13-time Ukrainian champions, Sheriff’s adventure continues against continental giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

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