Report: UEFA Champions League Matchday 1 – (Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015)

By Prince Dulzy

In matchday one of the UEFA Champions League, Portuguese champions Benfica surged to a routine 2-0 home victory against Champions League group stage newcomers Astana.

Nicolas Gaitan opened the scoring in the 51st minute following a neat move involving Konstantinos Mitroglou, with Astana substitute Aleksey Shchetkin having hit the post moments earlier.

In Turkey, visitors Atletico Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Galatasaray in Istanbul thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann.

Diego Simeone’s side dominated the opening stages, and took the lead courtesy of an exquisite 18th-minute strike from the France international.

Griezmann then moved the visitors further ahead shortly after, prodding in from close range having been teed up by captain Diego Godin.

Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata’s brilliant late goal gave Juventus a 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have stormed to five victories from as many matches in the Premier League to establish themselves as the early domestic pace-setters but were largely unable to find the fluency with which they have illuminated the opening weeks of the season.

At the Parc des Princes Angel Di Maria scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain as the French champions beat Malmo 2-0 in their opening Champions League game.

The former Manchester United man opened his account just four minutes into the Group A clash in the French capital, while the in-form Edinson Cavani headed home his fifth of the season just after an hour.

Meanwhile, Manchester United endured a nightmare return to the Champions League as they lost 2-1 at PSV in a match marred by Luke Shaw sustaining a suspected broken leg.

Memphis Depay gave Louis van Gaal’s side an early lead against his former side but Luciano Narsingh’s second-half header secured three points for the Eredivisie champions, compounding Louis van Gaal’s misery sparked by Shaw’s early exit.

Shakhtar Donetsk were unable to hold off Cristiano Ronaldo as he struck a hat-trick to help Real Madrid to a comfortable 4-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday although it came at a cost with injuries to Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos.

Elsewhere, Sevilla stepped up to the Champions League stage with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening.

K. Gameiro 47′, É. Banega 66′ and Y. Konoplyanka 84′ were the players on the score sheet.

At the Volkswagen Arena, Julian Draxler’s first goal for Wolfsburg gave the German side a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in their Champions League group stage opener on Tuesday.

Tuesday 15/09/15

Fulltime scores:

Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Malmo FF

Wolfsburg 1-0 CSKA Moscow

PSV 2-1 Manchester united

Galatasaray 0-2 Atletico Madrid

Benfica 2-0 Astana

Manchester City 1-2 Juventus

Sevilla 3-0 Borussia M’gladbach