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Real Madrid thrash FC Basel in Champions League opener

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La Liga’s representatives endured a fairly mixed beginning to their European campaigns this week with three wins, two draws a defeat between them.

Here is a comprehensive look back at how their fortunes differed during midweek on the continent.

Real Madrid 5-1 FC Basel

The defending UEFA Champions League winners got back to winning ways after a torrid start to their domestic campaign.

Marek Suchy’s own-goal got the ball rolling for Carlo Ancelotti’s under-pressure side, before quick-fire goals from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo as good as made the game safe.

James Rodriguez added another but Derlis Gonzalez pulled one back for the Swiss champions before the break.

Karim Benzema then completed the scoring 11 minutes from time, with what was Real’s 1000th goal in European competitions – they are the first side to reach this landmark.

They will be hoping this result can settle them down now and get them back on track in the league.

Olympiacos 3-2 Atletico Madrid

Last year’s finalists suffered a shock defeat in Greece, as Michel’s side added Atletico to their ever-growing list of scalps on home turf.

Arthur Masuaku drilled the hosts into the lead, before Barcelona loanee Ibrahim Afellay made it two just after the half-hour mark.

A bloody-nosed Mario Mandzukic pulled one back before the break, but Kostas Mitroglou restored the two-goal advantage with 17 minutes remaining.

Substitute Antoine Griezmann grabbed a consolation four minutes from time, but it was just one of those nights for Diego Simeone’s men. The result makes the matches against Juventus must-wins.

Barcelona 1-0 APOEL

Luis Enrique’s side continued their 100% winning start to the season with a narrow victory over the Cyrpiot champions.

Gerard Pique’s header on 28 minutes proved to be enough as the Catalans opened their European account for the campaign.

Barca were nowhere near their dazzling best as the scoreline suggests, but at the end of the day a win is a win.

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Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Shakhtar Donetsk

Ernesto Valverde’s men marked their return to Europe’s elite competition with a point against the Ukrainian champions at San Mames.

Nothing could separate the sides in a fairly even contest, and neither could provide the decisive breakthrough.

Sevilla 2-0 Feyenoord

Unai Emery’s men began the defence of their UEFA Europa League title with a routine victory over last season’s Dutch Eredivisie runners-up.

First-half goals from Grzegorz Krychowiak and Stephane Mbia were enough to give Sevillistas the points, and continue their positive start to the season.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Villarreal

Marcelino’s men marked their return to continental football with a hard-fought draw in Germany.

Ikechukwu Uche made an immediate impact from the bench to cancel out Patrick Herrmann’s first-half effort, and give the Yellow Submarine a share of the points.

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