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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Man City and Man Utd humbled as record-breaker Ronaldo nets Real Madrid hat-trick

The 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage kicked off on Tuesday night with Groups A to D in action.


In France, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain commenced their campaign with a 2-0 win over Swedish side Malmo courtesy of summer signing Angel Di Maria's first European goal for the Parisian giants who were also served by a second-half Edison Cavani header.

In Spain, Real Madrid were convincing in their 4-0 triumph over Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk. Karim Benzema struck first, pouncing on a howler from visiting keeper Andriy Pyatov on the half-hour, before Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to a second-half hat-trick.

The first two came from the penalty spot before the Portuguese ace completed the treble with a close-range header, to take his Champions League tally to a record 80 goals - three clear of Lionel Messi.

In Germany, Wolfsburg opened their Group B account with a 1-0 result over CSKA Moscow thanks to Julian Draxler's first goal for the club after joining from Schalke in the summer.

Just across the border in Holland, Eredivisie champs PSV Eindhoven were busy forcing a memorable comeback against Manchester United at the Philips Stadion.

Former PSV hero Memphis Depay had given the visiting Red Devils a 41st-minute lead before Hector Moreno responded on the stroke of half-time and then Luciano Narsingh won it for the home side just before the hour-mark, however, the night was dampened by the double leg fracture sustained by United left-back Luke Shaw.

Atletico Madrid kickstarted their Group C campaign with a 2-0 win over Galatasaray in Istanbul. A quality first-half double from French forward Antoine Griezmann did the damage for the Spaniards.

In Portugal, Benfica needed second-half strikes from Nicolas Gatian and recent arrival Kostas Mitroglou to see off FC Astana 2-0 - Kazakhstan's first side in the group stage of Europe's premier club competition.

Full of hope, Premier League leaders Manchester City went down to Serie A heavyweights Juventus despite drawing first blood. Giorgio Chiellini's own-goal in the 57th minute was cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic's glancing effort from Paul Pogba's delightful ball before Alvaro Morata scored a stunning left-footer in the 81st minute to down the Sky Blues.

And back in Spain, back-to-back Europa League winners Sevilla saluted 3-0 over struggling German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Tricky winger Vitolo won two penalties early in the second half, with Kevin Gameiro converting the first but rocketing the second into the woodwork, before Ever Banega slotted home comfortably form 12 yards after Gladbach conceded a remarkable third spot-kick in less than 20 minutes.

Summer arrival Yevhen Konoplyanka then wrapped up it with a stunner in the 84th minute, after only coming on at the corner, beating Yann Sommer from the ensign set-piece with a speculative effort from a ridiculous angle.

Wednesday nights fixtures include Arsenal's trip to Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv, reigning champions Barcelona away at AS Roma and Bayern Munich paying a visit to Olympiakos.


2015/16 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GROUP STAGE SCORES


Group A

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 2 (Angel Di Maria 4', Edinson Cavani 61')
Malmo (SWE): 0
Parc des Princes, Paris, France - 46,612


Real Madrid (SPN): 4 (Karim Benzema 30', Cristiano Ronaldo (PEN) 55'/(PEN) 63'/81')
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 0
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 66,389


Group B

Wolfsburg (GER): 1 (Julian Draxler 40')
CSKA Moscow (RUS): 0
Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany - 20,126


PSV Eindhoven (NED): 2
(Hector Moreno 45+2', Luciano Narsingh 57')
Manchester United (ENG): 1 (Memphis Depay 41')
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Holland - 35,292


Group C

Galatasaray (TUR): 0
Atletico Madrid (SPN): 2 (Antoine Griezmann 18'/25')
Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - 33,469


Benfica (POR): 2
(Nicolas Gaitan 51', Kostas Mitroglou 62')
FC Astana (KAZ): 0
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - 32,799


Group D

Manchester City (ENG): 1 (Giorgio Chiellini (OG) 57')
Juventus (ITA): 2 (Mario Mandzukic 70', Alvaro Morata 81')
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England - 50,363


Sevilla (SPN): 3
(Kevin Gameiro (PEN) 47', Ever Banega (PEN) 66', Yevhen Konoplyanka 84')
Borussia Monchengladbach (GER): 0
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - 36,959

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