wpid-Cristiano-Ronaldonew.jpgSpanish giant and reigning Champions Real Madrid washed aside fc Basel by 5-1 on day one of the 2014/2015 UEFA Champions League campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

The galatico’s unleashed an undue pressure on the visitors right from the blast of the whistle. Basel went down in the 14th minute through Marek Suchy’s own goal when he attempted to clear off Nacho’s cross across the face of goal.

Welshman Gareth Bale made it two up in the 30th minute whiles Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing the third in the 31st minute. Colombian soccer dazzler James Rodriguez swept in the fourth in the 37th minute only to see Derlis Gonzalez pulling one back for the visitors in the 38th minute.

But French forward Karim Benzema signed off the night for Real in a grand style when he smashed the inside post in the 79th minute.

In Germany, Arsene Wenger’s boneless Arsenal defence were exposed and overwhelmed by the resilient Borussia Dortmund as they went down by 2-0 at the Signal Iduna Park.

Arsenal lost three defenders (Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal) through various injuries whiles Kieran Gibbs was forced to start due to lack of defenders.

Former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck failed to hit the back of the net in a similar fashion in less than a week when he messed up a one-on-one chance in the first half.

Mesut Ozil once again failed to oil the Arsenal midfield as the German pass master turned ‘soccer dumb’ in most part of the game.

Italian striker Ciro Immobile who was on the Gunners ladder during the window gave Dortmund the lead in the 45th minute whiles Gabonese forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang adding the second in the 48th minute.

In Instabul, Turkey, Galatasaray came late to deny Anderlecht an way win as the two sides shared the points at stake. The visitors took the lead early in the second half through Dennis Praet but the host leveled late in the game through Yilmaz.

In Italy, Carlos Tevez broke his Europe goal jinx with a brace against Malmo in Italy. The Argentine striker last scored in Europe way back in 2009 but scored in each half last night to give Juve 2-0 win over Malmo in Italy.

Last year’s runners up Atletico Madrid went down 2-3 to Olympiakos at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

Olympiakos struck first in the 13th minute through Arthur Musuaku. Ibrahim Afellay extended the lead in the 31st minute. Mario Mandzukic got Atletico Madrid back in the game in the 38th minute with a perfect touch.

Fulham loanee Kostas Mitroglou extended the lead for Olympiakos in the 77th minute whiles Antoine Griezmann pulled one back for the visitors in the 87th minute.

At Anfield, Mario Balotelli scored his first goal since joining the Reds from AC Milan in the 82nd minute only to see the Bulgarian side coming back to pull parity in the 90th minute through substitute Dani Abalo.

Liverpool were blessed with a penalty in time added on when Javier Manquillo was brought down in the box by goalie Milan Borjan.

In Russia, Zenith St. Petersburg beat Benfica 2-0 courtesy Hulk and Axel Witsel’s goals whiles Joao Moutinho’s second half goal gave AS Monaco a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen at the Stade Louis II.

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