The first match day of the 2017-2018 Champions League season featured all 32 clubs playing with the hopes of winning their first three points, and getting closer to lifting Europe’s most desiredtrophy.
Many clubs zoomed past match day, including F.C. Bayern Munich, Besiktas J.K. Football Team, Chelsea F.C., PFC CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid C.F., Manchester City F.C., Manchester United F.C., Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and even Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
F.C. Barcelona went up against a powerful Juventus F.C. team, who were finalists in the 2016-2017 Champions League. Barcelona came off a bad season and lost Neymar de Silva Santos Jr., one of their prized players, during the summer transfer window.
However, they were able to net three amazing goals past the Juventus defense, including two goals that were shot in by Lionel Messi. The goals were remarkable since this was the first time that the Argentine player was able to score against Italy’s “great wall,” Gianluigi Buffon. Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-0.
Tottenham also shined bright on the first match day against Borussia Dortmund. It was a tough matchup between the two teams, both having amazing young talent and very tactical coaches.
Dortmund has been a club to watch in the Champions League since 2013, when they were finalists. They were a force to be reckoned with, knocking out some of the biggest clubs in the competition.
Tottenham has a completely different story, underperforming in its past Champions League appearances. Its matchup game seemed to be going the same way during the first half when Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko scored a stunning equalizer in the 11th minute.
However, Tottenham’s Harry Kane was able to score a brace in the match, turning it into a well-fought victory for the club and ending Dortmund’s 12-match winning streak. Tottenham took home the win, defeating Dortmund 3-1.
Atlético Madrid, RB Leipzig, Liverpool F.C., AS Monaco FC, A.S. Roma and Sevilla FC started off the league with less ease, only taking home one point each.
Liverpool faced off against Sevilla in a matchup featuring two teams with amazing players and coaches. The hotly contested matchup finished in a 1-1 draw. Atlético is considered one of the stronger teams in the competition, yet shockingly fell to Roma, a team that has yet to show its excellence in the Champions League.
Monaco was last year’s golden team, making it to the semifinals and winning its domestic league for the first time in years. However, after losing its star players, the team tied against Champions League debut Leipzig on match day.
Manchester City cruised to an impressive win over Feyenoord 4-0. Romelu Lukaku led Manchester United to a 3-0 victory over Basel.
These victories may not seem like much, as it is only the first match day. However, just as in every sport, every match counts, and teams that are upset on the first day may feel the effects of the losses later in the season. Losing squads will look to rebound on a huge day two.