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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Juventus unleash, Dortmund hold Real Madrid, wins for Spurs and Leicester

The first lot of fixtures for Matchday 2 of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League took place around Europe on Tuesday night.

Groups E, F, G and H were in action in Europe's premier club competition which, as per usual, threw up a number of intriguing results.

In Group F, German club Borussia Dortmund twice fought back to eventually hold reigning champions Real Madrid to a 2-2 at the Westfalenstadion.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 95th Champions League when firing home in the 17th minute before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his seventh of the season in all competitions with an easy finish just before half-time.

Raphael Varane had the ball fall kindly for him and duly reacted by rifling Real into the lead on 68 minutes before a fierce Andre Schurrle strike three minutes prior to regular time gave Dortmund a share of the points.

The other group fixture saw Sporting Lisbon comfortably account for Polish side Legia Warsaw 2-0.

First-half goals from Bryan Ruiz and Bas Dost, his fifth in five matches, had the Portuguese giants on the way to a vital lot of three points which has them within striking distance of group leaders Real and Dortmund.

In Group E,Tottenham Hotspur opened their winning account for the European season by edging CSKA Moscow 1-0 in Russia courtesy of Son Heung-min's fifth goal in his past five outings.

Spurs are now just a point behind the side that beat them on Matchday 1, AS Monaco, who needed an injury-time leveller from Kamil Glik to force a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen who hit the front in the 73rd minute when Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez helped himself to his 100th goal since arriving in Europe from Mexico.

Group G saw Leicester City make it two from two with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Porto.

'The Dragon Slayer' Islam Slimani, who joined the Foxes from Sporting in the summer, made it six goals against the Dragoes in 2016 with a 25th-minute header from a lovely Riyad Mahrez cross to give Claudio Ranieri's side a perfect start to life in Europe.

In Denmark, FC Copenhagen kicked into gear in the second half to beat Belgian side Club Brugge 4-0 thanks to goals from Thomas Delaney, Federico Santander and Mathias Jorgensen, after an own-goal from Stefano Denswil, to see the Danes go second on the group table.

And in Group H, Italian champions Juventus flexed their muscle in the form of a 4-0 away win at Dinamo Zagreb.

Miralem Pjanic kicked things off and Gonzalo Higuain score this 5th goal in just his third Juventus start in the first half before Paulo Dybala and Dani Alves (first Euro goal for the club) added to the scoreline in the second lot of 45 minutes.

The Bianconeri are equal on points with Europa League winners Sevilla who edged Olympique Lyon 1-0 courtesy of Wissam Ben Yedder's first Champions League goal for the Spanish club.

Wednesday night sees the European action continue with Groups A through to D, highlighted by last season's finalist Atletico Madrid's hosting of German powerhouse Bayern Munich and Manchester City's trip to Celtic.


2016/17 UEFA Champions League - group stage scores

Group E

AS Monaco (FRA): 1 (Kamil Glick 90+4')
Bayer Leverkusen (GER): 1 (Javier Hernandez 73')
Stade Louis II, Monaco, France - 8,100


CSKA Moscow (RUS): 0
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG): 1 (Son Heung-min 71')
Arena CSKA, Moscow, Russia - 26,153


Group F

Borussia Dortmund (GER): 2 (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 43', Andre Schurrle 87')
Real Madrid (SPN): 2 (Cristiano Ronaldo 17', Raphael Varane 68')
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany - 65,849


Sporting CP (POR): 2 (Bryan Ruiz 28', Bas Dost 37')
Legia Warsaw (POL): 0
Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - 40,094


Group G

FC Copenhagen (DEN): 4 (Stefano Denswil (OG) 53', Thomas Delaney 64', Federico Santander 69', Mathias Jorgensen 90+2')
Club Brugge (BEL): 0
Parken Stadium Copenhagen, Denmark - 25,605


Leicester City (ENG): 1 (Islam Slimani 25')
FC Porto (POR): 0
King Power Stadium, Leicester, England - 31,805


Group H

Sevilla (SPN): 1 (Wissam Ben Yedder 53')
Olympique Lyon (FRA): 0
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla, Spain - 36,741


Dinamo Zagreb (CRO): 0
Juventus (ITA): 4 (Miralem Pjanic 24', Gonzalo Higuain 31', Paulo Dybala 57', Dani Alves 85')
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia - 23,875

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