Goals galore in UCL Matchday 1

Posted by Antonio Rusinol

Thirty Goals were scored in eight games on the opening day of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Here are some notes from today’s games…

* Real Madrid opened the Champions League on the right foot with a 6-1 blowout win over Galatasaray in Istanbul. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his recent contract extension with a hat-trick that took him to 53 career Champions League goals, passing Thierry Henry for fourth-most all-time. This was Ronaldo’s second career UCL hat-trick and 21st overall with Real Madrid.

* Karim Benzema also scored a brace to put him into the top ten all-time UCL scorers list, tied with Fernando Morientes with 33. Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti became the first manager to coach six different teams in the Champions League, all of which he won in his debut. Elsewhere in Group B action, FC Copenhagen pulled off a home 1-1 draw against Juventus. The Italian side managed 31 more touches in the box (37-8) than its rival and had three times as many shots (27-9), but couldn’t break through with a second half winner.

* With his two goals in Manchester United's 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen, Wayne Rooney became the fourth player to score 200 goals for Manchester United, joining Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley. Rooney now has 29 career Champions League goals, passing teammate Ryan Giggs for most ever by a British player.

* Bayern Munich’s David Alaba scored the first goal of the UCL Group Stage in the fourth minute of Bayern’s 3-0 win against CSKA Moscow. Both of Alaba’s goals this season have come from set-pieces.

The Allianz Arena has become a fortress for Bayern in European play. The Bavarians have won 13 of their last 15 Champions League matches at home. Bayern controlled the game and spent most of it in CSKA’s half. The defending champs had over three times as many touches in the attacking third as their opponents (318-92)


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