The UEFA Champions League 2019-2020 season finally started with some surprising results as the first matchday of Group Stage took place from September 17th to 18th.
In the Group A action, Paris Saint-Germain beat Real Madrid 3-0 to begin their Champions League campaign.
Angel DiMaria scored in the 14th and 33rd minute for a brace while Thomas Meunier added in the first minute of stoppage time.
“Before anyone asks a question… If someone asks me if we’re going to win the Champions League, I’m out of here,” said Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel via ESPN.
PSG played without injured Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani and Neymar, who is serving his suspension from complaining in social media the officiating of PSG’s Round of 16 loss against Manchester United in the last UEFA Champions League season.
“Without them, we were not the favorites and it freed the minds of those who were on the pitch tonight, they did not feel the pressure,” Tuchel added.
Club Brugge and Galatasaray tangled in a goalless draw to earn themselves a point each.
Last year’s finalist Tottenham Hotspur started their campaign in a 2-2 draw against Olympiacos to open the Group B festivities.
Harry Kane scored via a penalty in the 26th minute to put the British club onboard with 1-0 scoreline and Lucas Moura found the back of the net in the 30th minute.
But Olympiacos fought back with Daniel Podence goal in the 44th minute and Mathieu Valbuena’s penalty kick in the 54th minute with both clubs earned a point each.
“When you go 2-0 up after 30 minutes you are in a great position, after that I thought we controlled the game whereas before we didn’t play well but scored two goals,” Kane echoed in another article of ESPN.
“The goal just before half-time changed the momentum and it’s disappointing from our point of view. We have to improve. We wanted to get off to a winning start and put ourselves in a great position.”
Bayern Munich blanked Red Star Belgrade 3-0 in another Group B fixture to earn their first three points of the season.
Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, and Thomas Muller scored in the 34th minute, 80th minute and the first minute of stoppage time respectively for the German club.
Reigning Premier League champion Manchester City started their Group C campaign with a 3-0 shutout against Shakhtar Donetsk with Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus contributed a goal each during the 24th, 38th and 76th minute respectively.
Dinamo Zagreb defeated Atalanta 4-0 in another Group C fixture with Mislav Orsic found the back of the net during the 31st, 42nd and 68th minute respectively for a hat-trick while Marin Leovac put the Croatian club onboard during the 10th minute.
Juventus and Atletico Madrid settled for a 2-2 draw to kick off the Group D festivities with Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi scored a goal each during the 48th and 65th minute for the Italian club while Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera answered back for the Spanish club during the 70th and 90th minute respectively, resulting for both clubs to earn a point each.
Lokomotiv Moscow beat Bayer Leverkusen, 2-1 to earn their first three points in another Group D fixture.
Napoli defeated reigning Champions League champion Liverpool, 2-0 in opening their Group E campaign, thanks to Dries Mertens penalty kick in the 82nd minute and Fernando Llorente goal, a second minute into stoppage time.
“It was a very balanced match,” Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti observed and was quoted via ESPN. “They’re the best squad in Europe and they were again tonight because they forced us to be extraordinary.”
Red Bull FC Salzburg was another victor in another Group E fixture in defeating Genk 6-2.
A couple of draws was seen in Group F with Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona battled into a goalless draw while Inter Milan and Slavia Prague match ended at 1-1.
RB Leipzig beat Benfica, 2-1 in Group G action with Timo Wener scored in the 69th and 78th minute for a brace. Lyon and Zenit St.Petersburg battled into a 1-1 draw to share a point in another Group G fixture.
Valencia upsets Europa League champion Chelsea with a 1-0 victory with a goal from Rodrigo during the 74th minute to begin the Group H action while Ajax began their campaign in a good note with a 3-0 win over Lille.
The second matchday for the Champions League will take place from October 1st to 2nd.