Ronaldo reaches 80 goals as Madrid fell Shakhtar - UEFA.com
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to a comfortable victory against Shakhtar Donetsk as the 2014 winners got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to an emphatic start. In a breathless opening, Isco fired over after just three minutes; 60 seconds later Marlos's cross narrowly evaded Alex Teixeira after Raphaël Varane – who would depart injured at half-time – was caught in possession.
Ronaldo closes in on Raul record - but the penalties certainly help - Goal.com
The Portuguese added three more goals on Tuesday to the five he scored at Espanyol on Saturday to close to within two of Raul's record of 323 for Real Madrid. But as has been the case so often in the past, he was helped by the award of two highly controversial penalties. Of his five goals against Espanyol at the weekend, only one came from the spot and it was a clear penalty as Gareth Bale was hacked down in the box, but against Shakhtar neither should have been given.
Gareth Bale injury concerns Rafa Benitez in Real Madrid win | ESPN
Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez, while happy with his team's attacking strength, is concerned about an injury to Gareth Bale after Tuesday night's 4-0 Champions League Group A win against Shakhtar Donetsk. Centre-forward Karim Benzema put home side ahead after a mistake by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov midway through the first half, and the Ukrainian side were in real trouble after midfielder Taras Stepanenko was sent off early in the second period.
Wales fear Gareth Bale may miss Euro 2016 qualifiers after injury | Sky Sports
The 26-year-old forward was replaced by Mateo Kovacic after just 32 minutes having gone down holding his calf a couple of minutes earlier. Bale was one of three Madrid players to suffer injuries in the Champions League clash at the Bernabeu with defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane also picking up knocks as Madrid kicked off with a comfortable win.
PSG plotting Odegaard raid? | Football Espana
Paris Saint-Germain are linked with a summer 2016 move for Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard by reports from France. AS cite Le10Sport as saying the Norwegian teenager is still wanted by the Ligue 1 club despite only signing on at Madrid in 2015.
Griezmann leads Atlético to Galatasaray win - UEFA.com
Antoine Griezmann marked his return to form with two goals in the opening 25 minutes as Atlético Madrid eased to an opening-day victory at Galatasaray. Griezmann had managed two goals in 15 UEFA Champions League appearances prior to this Group C clash but doubled that tally in no time as the Spanish visitors hit the ground running in Istanbul.
Sevilla make Mönchengladbach pay the penalty - UEFA.com
Sevilla won three second-half penalties, converting two, as Unai Emery's team broke the resistance of a spirited Borussia Mönchengladbach side to earn the Group D spoils. Following a goalless first half, Vitolo earned two spot kicks in four minutes. Kevin Gameiro converted the first but slammed the second off the crossbar. The French forward made amends midway through the second period, however, as he gained the hosts yet another penalty – and Éver Banega did the rest. Yevhen Konoplyanka's late goal sealed it.