Champions League wrap: Holders come within two minutes of losing opener

Holders Real Madrid were two minutes from losing at home to Sporting Lisbon in their opening group game before staging a late comeback to win 2-1.

Bruno Cesar's second-half goal looked to have given the Portuguese side a memorable triumph at The Bernabeu, yet ex-Sporting forward Cristiano Ronaldo popped up with a late leveller before Alvaro Morata snatched a winner four minutes into stoppage time.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale reacts on the ground after being injured at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. AP Photo/Paul White
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale reacts on the ground after being injured at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. AP Photo/Paul White

Borussia Dortmund had no troubles elsewhere in Group C as they recorded a 6-0 demolition of Dundalk’s conquerors Legia Warsaw.

Mario Gotze, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Marc Bartra all scored in the opening 18 minutes and Raphael Guerreiro, Gonzalo Castro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added more goals after half-time.

Leicester's Marc Albrighton celebrates with teammates after scoring at the Jan Breydel stadium. AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
Leicester's Marc Albrighton celebrates with teammates after scoring at the Jan Breydel stadium. AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Leicester made a dream start in their first ever Champions League game by defeating Club Brugge 3-0 in Belgium, but Tottenham suffered a dose of Wembley woe against Monaco.

Claudio Ranieri's Foxes, last season's unlikely Premier League title winners, had lost both of their opening away games domestically but had no such trouble on the continent.

Marc Albrighton broke the deadlock for Leicester before two set-pieces from Riyad Mahrez either side of half-time, one free-kick and the other a penalty, ensured the club's historic night will be remembered fondly.

AS Monaco's Thomas Lemar scores his side's second goal at Wembley. Photo: Yui Mok/PA
AS Monaco's Thomas Lemar scores his side's second goal at Wembley. Photo: Yui Mok/PA

It was a landmark night for Spurs too as they broke an English club home attendance with 85,011 watching at Wembley, yet the majority were left disappointed as Monaco emerged with a 2-1 win.

Bernardo Silva and substitute Thomas Lemar had put the French side two goals up in a venue which provided mixed results for Arsenal when they, like Tottenham, used it as their temporary home in the late 1990s.

Toby Alderweireld headed in an Erik Lamela corner prior to the break but Mauricio Pochettino's side were unable to muster a leveller.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his hat-trick at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring his hat-trick at the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Sergio Aguero put his domestic suspension to one side to grab a hat-trick as Manchester City defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in their rearranged clash.

Having seen the contest postponed on Tuesday night due to heavy rain in the north-west, Aguero opened the scoring with a near-post finish before converting a penalty to make it 2-0 prior to half-time.

And, though he will sit out the next two domestic fixtures due to a ban triggered after his elbow on West Ham's Winston Reid, the Argentinian showed his value to City in this competition by completing his hat-trick. He was then substituted and his replacement Kelechi Iheanacho added a stoppage-time fourth.

Juventus were held to a 0-0 draw by three-time Europa League winners Sevilla in Italy, while Porto and Copenhagen also shared the spoils having drawn 1-1, with ex-Cardiff striker Andreas Cornelius scoring for the visitors.

Bayer Leverkusen, who led 2-0 after 15 minutes, could only draw 2-2 at home with CSKA Moscow in Tottenham's group but Lyon had no such issues at home, recording a comfortable 3-0 success over Dinamo Zagreb.

More in this Section

Smalling and Lukaku criticise ‘Black Friday’ headline in Italian newspaperSmalling and Lukaku criticise ‘Black Friday’ headline in Italian newspaper

Cardiff’s appeal against paying €6m to Nantes to be heard by CASCardiff’s appeal against paying €6m to Nantes to be heard by CAS

Munster's Rowntree warns off-field woes will spur Saracens onMunster's Rowntree warns off-field woes will spur Saracens on

Fame has not affected my focus, insists Ruiz ahead of Joshua rematchFame has not affected my focus, insists Ruiz ahead of Joshua rematch


Lifestyle

Kya deLongchamps wonders if we should surrender to the pagan prompting of mistletoe.Mistletoe is returning to its hemiparasitic life back in the woodland

Playing games will sneak in physical activity without them even realising.9 fun ways to get your kids to do more exercise

It all began with a Christmas special 30 years ago this month. Chris Wasser pays tribute to The Simpsons.The Simpsons is 30 years old - and it all began with a Christmas special

The bug causes vomiting and diarrhoea and can leave people feeling weak.Tips to help stop the spread of the dreaded norovirus

More From The Irish Examiner