The return of Champions League football served up over 50 goals, Tottenham’s second win at Wembley in 12 attempts and four wins from five for English sides.
Chelsea and Manchester United strolled past Qarabag and Basle on Tuesday, while Wednesday saw Manchester City and Tottenham join them with convincing wins over Feyenoord and Dortmund respectively. Liverpool were the anomaly, having being held to a 2-2 draw at home with Sevilla, but with what many view as the ‘easiest group’, Klopp’s side needn’t panic just yet.
With so many games on offer and over 25 goals scored, you’d be forgiven for missing some of the action, Luckily, Sportsmail was on hand to bring you the moments you may have missed.
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Tottenham hosted Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in their Champions League opener
Real Madrid’s longevity lives on
Fresh off becoming the first side to successfully defend their Champions League crown, Real Madrid have broken another record. The 2017-18 campaign marks their 21st consecutive season among Europe’s elite, a run which has produced six victories in the tournament.
By way of comparison, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were a close second with 19 consecutive seasons, until their demotion to the Europa League this year, while Man City are English’s football’s most-recent pillar of European consistency, featuring in the last seven Champions League campaigns.
Real Madrid beat Apoel as they take part in their 21st consecutive season among Europe’s elite
Didn’t you get the message, Roman?
Amid football’s wave of globalisation, which has seen domestic cup draws take place across the world and individual players sold for close to £200m, you’d think a simple memo preventing kits clashing would be a piece of cake. Apparently not.
Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Burki began the game donning bright orange socks, only for officials to demand he wraps yellow tape around those socks, because they clashed with the referee’s outfit. Much like the uncertainty in attire, Burki’s goalkeeping skills also left much to be desired, as the Swiss keeper was beaten twice at his near post as Dortmund slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Burki was seen in the tunnel wearing bright orange socks
Officials told him to cover them up with tape to avoid a kit clash with the referee
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks another record
Not content with being the tournament’s record goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the competitions most capped outfield player. Against APOEL, the Portguese maestro made his 136th start in the Champions League and 145th appearance in total, surpassing Raul’s total of 135 starts.
Further still, Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 109 goals in 136 Champions League games and also scored in Real Madrid’s opening Champions League fixture for six years running. His double against APOEL adds to strikes against Man City (2012), Galatasaray (2013), Basle (2014), Shakhtar Donetsk (2015) and old-club Sporting Lisbon (2016).
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a brace as Madrid sweep aside Apoel 3-0
… as does Iker Casillas
Ronaldo has a few seasons to go if he wishes to surpass Iker Casillas’ total of 164 starts, who himself entered the history books, by equalling Ryan Giggs’ record of playing in 19 different Champions League campaigns.
The current active players with a realistic chance of catching him are Arjen Robben (17), Andres Iniesta (15) and Cristiano Ronaldo (15).
Iker Casillas equals Ryan Giggs’ record of playing in 19 Champions League campaigns
Kyle Walker channels his inner Triple H
WWE star Triple H has made a name from his iconic ring entrance, which features Hunter walking to the ring with Motorhead’s ‘The Game’ filling every speaker in sight. But it’s not the music or confident walk fans pay to see, it’s the spraying of mist from his water bottle upon approaching the ring.
It would seem Kyle Walker is a big Triple H fan, as the Man City defender channelled his best impersonation of the nine-time WWE champion midway through the first half.
Kyle Walker sprays water in the air as he helps Manchester City dismantle Feyenoord 4-0
Roberto Firmino’s growing importance at Anfield
By scoring against Sevilla, Roberto Firmino became the sixth Liverpool player to score on his Champions League debut, joining Michael Owen, Jari Litmanen, Djbril Cisse, Fernando Morientes and Mario Balotelli.
Of that list, only one striker, Djbril Cisse, ever tasted European glory as a Red, scoring in the infamous penalty shootout which provided Liverpool’s fifth, and most recent, European title.
Roberto Firmino became the sixth Liverpool player to score on his Champions League debut
Christian Eriksen can’t stop creating
Tottenham’s Dutch playmaker represents the most successful attempt at replacing Gareth Bale, a player who brought goals and assists in abundance. Like the Welshman, Eriksen occupies similar territory, typified by his 20 assists across all competitions in 2017.That’s seven more assists than any other player across Europe’s big leagues.
Speaking of Spurs players going toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite, Harry Kane now has the same number of goals (27) as Cristiano Ronaldo does in 2017, despite playing in three fewer games…
Christian Eriksen was instrumental yet again as Spurs beat Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley
Man City buck the trend
Before taking apart Feyenoord to the tune of four goals, Man City entered the game with a torrid away record in Europe. Prior to the win, the Citizens hadn’t won any of their last six Champions League games, losing three times and without an away win during the group stages or later since beating Dyanmo Kyiv 3-1 in 2015.
John Stones scores twice as Manchester City finally win an away Champions League game