Bayern Munich and Real Madrid opened their Champions League group stage campaigns with away victories, but 2010 winners Inter MIlan suffered a shock home defeat by Trabzonspor AŞ in the second set of matchday one games.
Undoubtedly the most eye-catching of Wednesday’s results came at San Siro. Trabzonspor enjoyed a night to remember on their Champions League debut as Ondřej Čelůstka struck with 14 minutes remaining to give them a famous win against Inter.
Goals in either half from Toni Kroos and Rafinha gave Bayern a solid opening win at Villarreal in Group A. However, it was less of a straightforward night for nine-time European champions Madrid, who squeezed past Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 and had to hold on after Marcelo’s second-half red card.
Runners-up last year, Manchester United came from behind to earn a point at Benfica, Ryan Giggs cancelling out Óscar Cardozo’s effort. FC Basel have the early lead in Group C after they defeated Oţelul Galaţi 2-1 in a game which finished with both teams down to ten men.
Champions League new boys Manchester City learnt that the Champions League is a little tougher than the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli. Napoli took the lead through Edinson Cavani midway through the second half. Their lead lasted just five minutes, however, as Aleksandar Kolarov’s sweetly struck free-kick earned Roberto Mancini’s team a point.