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UEFA Champions League review, matchday one (Tuesday)

The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League got off to an entertaining start as the first part of group stage games for matchday one brought excitement on Tuesday.

Reigning champions Real Madrid began the defence of their crown in convincing fashion – defeating Celtic 3-0 in Scotland.

Vinícius Júnior, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard were all on target in the second half to ensure Los Blancos got off the mark in superb fashion despite injuries to Karim Benzema and Éder Militão.

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Fellow group F members, RasenBallsport Leipzig and Shaktar Donetsk squared off at the Red Bull Arena in a game which surprisingly ended 4-1 in favour of the Ukrainian side.

Maryan Shved opened the scoring for Shaktar in the 16th minute but Mohamed Simakan equalised on 57 minutes, however, Shved netted again 60 seconds later.

Mykhaylo Mudryk and Lassina Traoré scored for Shaktar in the 76th and 85th minute to complete the rout.

Kylian Mbappé was at the double for Paris Saint-Germain as they overcame Juventus 2-1 in their group H encounter.

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The Frenchman scored in the fifth and 22nd minute for the Paris club which was enough despite Weston McKennie’s 53rd minute goal for Juve.

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In the other group H game, Benfica saw off Israeli outfit Maccabi Haifa 2-0, thanks to second half goals from Rafa Silva (49′) and Alex Grimaldo (54′).

Manchester City began the chase of their first Champions League crown with an emphatic 4-0 win at Sevilla.

Erling Haaland bagged a brace and goalscoring contributions from Phil Foden and Rúben Dias helped Pep Guardiola’s side to a good start.

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Borussia Dortmund were 3-0 winners over FC København in the other group G contest.

Marco Reus, Raphaël Guerreiro and Jude Bellingham all scored for the German side.

Group E produced the surprise result of the round in Maksimir – Zagreb, Croatia.

Dinamo Zagbreb defeated two-time European champions Chelsea thanks to Mislav Orsic’s 13th minute goal – a famous result which has ultimately led to the sacking of Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel.

In the other group E game, AC Milan held RB Salzburg to a 1-1 draw in Austria.

A 40th minute strike from Alexis Saelemaekers cancelled out Noah Okafor’s 28th minute opener.

Matchday one games will continue on Wednesday as the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and Bayern Munich will all be in action in some interesting ties.

Tuesday’s matchday one results in full

Group E
Dinamo Zagbreb 1-0 Chelsea
RB Salzburg 1-1 AC Milan

Group F
Celtic 0-3 Real Madrid
RB Leipzig 1-4 Shaktar Donetsk

Group G
Sevilla 0-4 Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC København

Group H
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Juventus
SL Benfica 2-0 Maccabi Haifa

Wednesday’s matchday one fixtures

Group A
Ajax vs Rangers – 5:45pm
Napoli vs Liverpool – 8:00pm

Group B
Atlético Madrid vs FC Porto – 8:00pm
Club Brugge vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen – 8:00pm

Group C
FC Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen – 8:00pm
Inter Milan vs Bayern Munich – 8:00pm

Group D
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Sporting CP – 5:45pm
Tottenham Hotspur vs Olympique Marseille – 8:00pm

(All times in WAT)

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