The focus on Tuesday night was always likely to rest on Group H, when Borussia Dortmund played host to Real Madrid, and Tottenham travelled to face APOEL.
A defeat on the first Matchday had left Dortmund needing a positive result at home to the champions, but after 18 minutes they would fall behind to Gareth Bale’s opener. That Los Blancos lead was doubled five minutes after the break by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, the competitions all-time top scorer bagging his 108th goal UEFA Champions League goal, and his 20th against a German side in 25 games. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would have the deficit four minutes after, but Ronaldo would have the final word, as he found the net again with 11 minutes to go, his 109th strike, to ensure Real would leave with the spoils. That result leaves the Germans with quite a mountain to climb in the group…
…especially as Tottenham would see off Cypriots APOEL in Nicosia, Harry Kane’s hatrick making him only the second Spurs player to score three in a Champions League game, after a certain Gareth Bale did it in 2010. It was a comfortable victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, despite having seven first team players unavailable, and that would take them into the forthcoming double-header against Real in good stead.
Elsewhere, Manchester City saw off Shakhtar Donetsk by two goals at the Etihad stadium, and they could even afford for Sergio Aguero to miss a 72nd-minute penalty, as the Mancunians win their opening two Champions League group games of the season for the first time ever; while at the Stade Louis II, Monaco fans were reminded of the painful final defeat to Porto in 2004, as the Portuguese came to the municipality and left with as many goals as they did points, three that is; and Liverpool dominated at Spartak Moscow but failed to win… so, water is wet.
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool
Sevilla 3-0 Maribor
Manchester City 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli 3-1 Feyenoord
Monaco 0-3 Porto
Besiktas 2-0 RB Leipzig
Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
APOEL 0-3 Tottenham