Ronaldo treble guides Madrid to Galatasaray rout; revitalised Rooney gives Moyes winning start
Defending European champions Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday as fellow European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid went goal crazy.
The Bavarians carried on from where they left off last season in the May final at Wembley as Austria left-back David Alaba got Pep Guardiola’s side off to a flying start in their Group D clash with a stunning fourth-minute free-kick.
Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic (centre in picture) then knocked home an Arjen Robben free-kick, despite television replays suggesting three Munich players were offside, four minutes before half-time.
Robben wrapped up the scoring midway through the second half from the excellent Alaba’s lofted pass.
Wayne Rooney chalked up 200 goals for United with a brace as the English champions cantered to victory at Old Trafford in manager David Moyes’s Champions League group-stage debut against Bayer Leverkusen.
Beaten 4-2, it could have been worse for the visitors as both United’s star forwards Rooney and Robin van Persie incredibly missed open goals, although the Germans also hit the woodwork in a thrilling Group A encounter.
Madrid went two better than United as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a crushing 6-1 win at Galatasaray in Group B.
Isco opened the scoring for the Spaniards, for whom Gareth Bale made his Champions League debut in the famous white shirt as a second-half substitute, while Karim Benzema netted a brace.
Umut Bulut pulled back a late consolation with the score at 5-0.AFP
We played well, we controlled the game with our pressing and I am proud of the players