Wayne Rooney scored a brace including his 200th goal for Manchester United, as they beat Sami Hyypia’s Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford to secure David Moyes’ first UEFA Champions League victory at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie and Antonio Valencia were also on target as United went top of Group A after the opening round of matches, ahead of Shaktar Donetsk who beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Anoeta thanks to an Alex Teixeira double.
Manchester City were also victorious against Czech champions Viktoria Plzen, as goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero sealed an impressive 3-0 win at the Dossan Arena. The same scoreline in Group D ensured that defending champions Bayern Munich picked up from where they left, as CSKA Moscow were put to the sword at the Allianz Arena.
Arsenal wrapped up a good away win in Group F, as Marseille were beaten 2-1 at Stade Velodrome thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. One of Arsene Wenger’s summer targets Gonzalo Higuain scored for new side Napoli, as they overcame last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund by the same score at the San Paolo.
Chelsea were the only English side to fall short on match day one as Basel came from behind to win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, while Schalke raced to the top of Group E with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest.
There was no joy either for Celtic who held their own and created chances at the San Siro, before eventually succumbing 2-0 to AC Milan. In the other Group H match Lionel Messi bagged his fourth hat-trick in the history of the competition, as Barcelona breezed past Ajax 4-0 at the Nou Camp.
Elsewhere Cristiano Ronaldo scored a treble in Real Madrid’s 6-1 rout of Galatasaray at the Ataturk Stadium, taking his goal tally to 206 in just 204 games. Group B’s other encounter saw FC Copenhagen and Juventus play out a 1-1 draw at the Parken Stadium.
In Group C, Thiago Motta was the unlikely two-goal hero for Paris Saint Germain who beat Olympiacos 4-1 at the Karaiskakis Stadium, while Benfica overcame Anderlecht 2-0 at the Estadio Da Luz.
Group G saw Atletico Madrid get off to a solid start with a 3-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg at Vicente Calderon, while FC Porto edged out Austria Wien 1-0 at the Franz Horr Stadium.