Merciless Real Madrid maul title rivals Basel in Champions League bout
Real Madrid opened the defence of their Champions League title with a 5-1 mauling of Basel in Group B at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Nearly four months on from securing La Decima in Lisbon, the record winners showed glimpses of their brilliant best and, after an own-goal from Marek Suchy, got the ball rolling, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodrguez all finding the target in seven first-half minutes.
Derlis Gonzalez grabbed one back for Basel but Karim Benzema completed the scoring with 10 minutes remaining.
The inclusion of Fernandez Nacho was the only real surprise for the Spanish giants, while summer signings Toni Kroos and Rodriguez made their Champions League debuts for Real, who are the favourites to win Liverpool’s group.
Juventus forward Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal drought with both goals in the 2-0 defeat of Malmo.
The Italian champions had struggled to make an impact until Tevez ended a 14-match wait for a Champions League goal with his eye-catching strike just before the hour mark in this Group A opener.
Tevez then made sure of the victory in the 89th minute, curling home a fantastic free-kick from just outside the penalty area.
In Arsenal’s group, Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz netted a stoppage-time equaliser to deny Anderlecht a first away Champions League win for nine years in a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.
Anderlecht looked to be on course for a hard-earned victory after taking the lead early in the second half through Dennis Praet.
Galatasaray grew stronger during the closing stages and were eventually rewarded when Yilmaz crashed home following a powerful run by Aurelien Chedjou to earn the hosts a share of the points.
Elsewhere, Spanish champions Atletico Madrid lost 3-2 away to Olympiacos.