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Champions League: 5 winners and losers from matchday one

Thursday 15th September 2016
A record 50 goals were scored in matchday one of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League - with just one match failing to produce a goal. Five teams were able to snatch victories on the road with Borussia Dortmund recording the biggest of them all.

It was an unforgettable night for clubs who emerged victorious while the defeated were left to rue missed chances. Here are the five biggest winners and losers from these games.


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi was in blistering form on Tuesday when Barcelona walloped Celtic 7-0 by scoring three beautiful goals. The Argentine thus becomes the first player in European Cup history to notch six hat-tricks which amounts to 40 career trebles.

Bayern Munich

German champions, Bayern Munich, continued their impressive run under new boss, Carlo Ancelotti by crushing newcomers FC Rostov 5-0 on Tuesday. The Bavarians have now won all five games under the Italian, scoring 20 and conceding none. They are the first team to win 13 consecutive European home matches.

Sergio Aguero

As if scoring thrice in the playoff wasn't enough, Sergio Aguero grabbed another treble as Manchester City demolished Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0 on Wednesday. The forward has now struck eight times in just five games thus far this season.

Leicester City

Everyone eagerly anticipated the day when Leicester City will lock horns with Europe's elite teams and it was definitely an unforgettable one for the Foxes. Three goals and three points on the road against Club Brugge was something special for the modest English side who hasn't really impressed thus far in their Premier League defence.


Winning away from home in the Champions League doesn't happen every day and scoring six is something even more priceless. However, Dortmund was able to achieve this against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday highlighting the strength and quality of the Germans.



Scottish champions, Celtic, endured their worst ever defeat in Europe no thanks to a rampaging Messi and his Barca teammates who struck seven times at Nou Camp.

Tottenham Hotspur

For Spurs, it was a mediocre return to Champions League football after about six years which ended in a 2-1 home defeat to Monaco. The Lilywhites played at the famous Wembley Stadium where they failed to win their last four previous games.

PSV Eindhoven

Another team that slipped to a disappointing home loss on Tuesday was Dutch giants, PSV, who fell to a lone goal against Atletico Madrid. It was a replay of last season's round of 32 clash which saw the Spanish side come out tops again.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud was shown his matching orders less than 20 minutes after coming in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 1-1 draw away to Paris-Saint Germain. It was the second time the Frenchman was sent off in matchday one in the last two seasons.

Legia Warsaw

Just when Dortmund were having a feast in Poland, Warsaw, on the other hand, were mourning one of their heaviest defeats in Europe. The Germans emerged 6-0 winners on the night which turned out to be a nightmare for the host.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 

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