Date: 15th September 2016 at 8:56am
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Tottenham’s return to the Champions League was gate-crashed by AS Monaco, who prevailed 1-2 at Wembley Stadium.

The Ligue 1 side stunned a record Spurs crowd after just a quarter of an hour, with Bernardo Silva producing a stunning finish from a quick Monaco breakaway. Soon after Les Rouges et Blancs doubled their advantage, as substitute Thomas Lemar poked in a loose ball from close-range.

Toby Alderweireld replied for the hosts on the verge of half-time, but it wasn’t enough as Spurs started their campaign with a defeat.

t Poulan and Ricardo van Rhijn of Club Brugge Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Mahrez struck twice in Belgium to seal Leicester’s delightful Champions League debut – Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Where Tottenham failed to come back from a 2-0 deficit, CSKA Moscow succeeded in rescuing a point at Bayer Leverkusen.

Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu fired the Germans into an early lead, but quick-fire strikes from Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko just before the break levelled things for the Russian champions.

Borussia Dortmund showed no mercy as they demolished Legia Warsaw 6-0. Mario Gotze, Sokratis and Marc Bartra put the Bundesliga outfit three-nil up with just over a quarter of an hour played, whilst Raphael Guerreiro, Gonzalo Castro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed the rout in Poland.

An astonishing late comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu saw Sporting Lisbon hearts break as they succumbed to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Real Madrid.

Bryan Ruiz picked out Bruno Cesar to give the Leoes the lead, before their academy product Cristiano Ronaldo replied with a free-kick shortly before stoppage time. With 94 minutes on the clock, Alvaro Morata won the game after heading home James Rodriguez’s cross.

In Group G; Leicester City marked their Champions League debut with an emphatic 3-0 win at Club Brugge. Marc Albrighton put the Foxes into dreamland after just five minutes, before Riyad Mahrez doubled their advantage with a wonderful curved free-kick before the half hour mark. The tricky Algerian then sealed the points from the penalty spot in the second period.

tes after scoring their 3rd goal - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Argentina ace, Aguero, has already scored nine goals in all competitions so far this season – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

FC Porto and 10-man FC Copenhagen played out a 1-1 draw at the Estadio do Dragao. Otavio put the Dragoes ahead in the opening stages, before former Cardiff City forward Andreas Cornelius equalised after the break. Jan Gregus was sent off for the visitors later on, but the Danish side held on to take away a point.

Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla picked up an invaluable point at Juventus following their 0-0 draw in Turin. Gonzalo Higuain’s header, which hit the bar, proved to be the most exciting moment in a drab game at the Juventus Stadium.

An injury to star striker Alexandre Lacazette didn’t stop Lyon from romping to a 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb. Corentin Tolisso’s early goal was followed by strikes from Jordan Ferri and Maxwell Cornet in the second-half.

And finally in Group C; Tuesday’s rearranged game at the Etihad Stadium appeared to effect the visitors more than the hosts, as Manchester City ran riot versus Borussia Monchengladbach.

A hat-trick from Sergio Aguero, before derby hero Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time tap in, was enough to give City a 4-0 win, remarkably only the second biggest scoreline in the group after Barcelona’s 7-0 demolition of Celtic the night before.
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