REAL MADRID looked fabulous in attack but frail at the back as they began their Champions League Group C campaign last night with a 5-2 win over Swiss champions FC Zurich.
Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead with a trademark free-kick and they were three goals to the good by half-time thanks to further strikes from Raul and Gonzalo Higuain.
However, they were vulnerable in defence and their lead was reduced to one by Xavier Margairaz’s penalty and Silvan Aegerter’s header.
Ronaldo scored Real’s fourth with another free-kick which somehow found the net after a comical attempt to punch clear by Zurich goalkeeper Johnny Leoni and Guti chipped in a fifth right at the end.
AC Milan beat Marseille 2-1 at the Stade Velodrome in the same group.
Filippo Inzaghi proved a thorn in the side of Didier Deschamps’ side, scoring a goal in either half. Marseille scored early in the second half through Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze but Leonardo’s visitors held on.
In Manchester United’s Group B, Grafite bagged a hat-trick as Wolfsburg marked their Champions League debut with an assured victory over Juande Ramos’ CSKA Moscow at the Volkswagen Arena.
Grafite netted twice in the first half to put the German side in the driving seat and completed his hat-trick three minutes from time after Alan Dzagoev’s effort for the Russians had threatened to spark a CSKA fightback.
Chelsea top their group after Atletico Madrid were disappointingly held 0-0 at home to Apoel Nicosia.
French champions Bordeaux earned a deserved Group A point in a 1-1 draw at Italian giants Juventus in Turin last night. Vincenzo Iaquinta gave the hosts the lead soon after the hour mark but Jaroslav Plasil equalised a quarter of an hour from the end for Laurent Blanc’s team.
Bayern Munich endured a difficult night in Israel before claiming a 3-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa in their Group A opener. Daniel van Buyten forced a breakthrough and Thomas Muller snatched a late double.
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