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UEFA Champions League Match Day 1 Review

Champions League action continues today with Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, AS Roma, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all playing. After a surprising opening night yesterday, these giants will be looking to avoid defeat at all costs.

One result that was thoroughly not expected was Tottenham’s 2 all draw away to Weder Bremen. Making their debut in this tournament, the English were until yesterday considered rank outsiders.

Harry Redknap has however changed that perception by not only earning his side a point, but more importantly bagging the 2 away goals that puts the Toffees in a good position for the return leg at the White Hart Lane in two weeks time.

Group A sees all four teams square on 1 point as Inter and FC Twenete played out a similar draw in Holland. Of course the teams that came out better were the away sides however, that does not give them any advantage.

In Spain, Barcelona bounced back to winning ways with a convincing 5-1 demolition of Greek Side Panathinaikos. Club icon Messi grabbed a brace for the Catalans with Villa, Pedro and Alves also getting their names on the score sheet. Sidney Govou’s early opener was the only goal the Greek’s were to score as Barca dominated for most of the game.

In the night’s other big clash, Manchester United settled for a barren draw with Scottish side Rangers. The bad news for Sir Alex and his fans is that Antonio Valencia is out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle. And so Man United’s horrendous start to the season continues.

This is Manchester United at its worst and to be honest, they will be lucky if they win any trophies this season. With striker Wayne Rooney shooting blanks, and key players Carrick and Valencia out for lengthy periods, it remains to be seen how the Red Devils will rebuild from this setback. Match day 1 also provided wins for Lyon, Valencia and FC Copenhagen.

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