Real Madrid hit 5, Dortmund down Arsenal

2014-09-16 22:59

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Real Madrid began their title defence with a 5-1 thrashing of Basel, while city rivals Atletico slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos in the first group matches of the Uefa Champions League tonight.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Gareth Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

A minute later, Bale found space on the right of the penalty area and sent over a low cross for Cristiano Ronaldo, last season's Champions League top scorer with 17 goals, to tap in at the far post.

New Real signing James Rodriguez made it 4-0 in the 37th minute when he started and finished a sweeping counter attack before Derlis Gonzalez almost immediately pulled a goal back for the visitors when he sped clear and beat Iker Casillas with a low strike.

Karim Benzema completed the scoring in the 79th minute when he lashed a left-foot shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar as Real became the first club to score 1000 goals in European competition.

Meanwhile, strikers Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of the break for Borussia Dortmund in a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal.

The Germans, missing several players through injury, avenged last season's home loss to the English side.

The win puts Dortmund in the driving seat in Group D on three points with Galatasaray and Anderlecht drawing 1-1 in Turkey in the other game in the section.

Mario Balotelli struck his first goal for Liverpool and Steven Garrard converted a last-gasp penalty in a 2-1 victory over newcomers Ludogorets as the Reds returned to the Champions League after a five year absence.

Elsewhere, Carlos Tevez hit both goals for Juventus in a 2-0 defeat of Malmo, while Monaco and Zenit St Petersburg also began their campaigns with victories.

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