Favourites for this year’s Champions League, Man City opened their group stages with an impressive win over Sevilla while defending champions Real Madrid, French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund also notched their first wins of the competition.
Premier League champions, Man City had little trouble easing past a struggling Sevilla side at their home to open their Champions League campaign. Erling Haaland continued his scoring streak by netting twice in the 4-0 win with Ruben Dias and Phil Foden also getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.
The Norwegian now has an astounding 24 goals in 20 Champions League games in his career.
Meanwhile, City and Sevilla’s group G rivals Borussia Dortmund and FC Copenhagen were also in action earlier in the day, with the Germans easily winning 3-0 to begin the season.
Marco Reus and Raphael Gurrero scored in the first half before Jude Bellingham completed the scoreline in the 83rd minute.
Real Madrid had to battle past a resolute Celtic team in their Group F opener but managed to score three times in the second half at Celtic Park to secure a 3-0 win. Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard found the net for the visitors, who saw UEFA Player of the Year Karim Benzema limp off with an injury.
PSG managed to beat Juventus 2-1 at home to open their Champions League campaign with Kylian Mbappe finding the net twice in the first half before Weston McKennie scored for the visitors.
The biggest surprise of matchday 1 was a struggling Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.
Meanwhile, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk also earned wins while AC Milan and FC Salzburg drew 1-1.