Wednesday Champions League scores and round-up

Manchester United began their Champions League campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Benfica, with the Red Devils having Anders Lindegaard to thank for the point in Portugal. Sir Alex Ferguson opted to rest several players including Ashley Young and Nani, with Benfica controlling the first half and taking the lead in the 24th minute thanks to a well-taken…

Manchester United began their Champions League campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Benfica, with the Red Devils having Anders Lindegaard to thank for the point in Portugal.

Sir Alex Ferguson opted to rest several players including Ashley Young and Nani, with Benfica controlling the first half and taking the lead in the 24th minute thanks to a well-taken goal from Oscar Cardozo.

However, United were level at the break thanks to Ryan Giggs’ spectacular equaliser as the visitors broke in numbers and the same player also had a glorious chance to put his team in front during the second half.

Lindegaard pulled off some excellent saves to ensure that United preserved their unbeaten start to the season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Champions League debut began with a 1-1 draw against Napoli, with the home side falling behind when Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the 69th minute.

Five minutes later, Roberto Mancini’s team were level after Aleksandr Kolarov fired in a free-kick and City continued to push forward, although substitute Carlos Tevez was unable to make an impact along with compatriot Sergio Aguero.

Bayern Munich are top of Group A after a 2-0 win away to Villarreal and the German side will now be favourites to win the section after goals from Kroos and Rafinha gave them the points at El Madrigal.

Real Madrid are one of the favourites to win the Champions League and they mustered a slender 1-0 win away to Dinamo Zagreb thanks to Angelo Di Maria’s 53rd minute winner, although the visitors had Marcelo sent off for two bookable offences within the space of three minutes.

The biggest shock of the night came at the San Siro where Internazionale were beaten 1-0 by Trabzonspor thanks to a 76th minute winner from Celustka.

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