Champions League: Matchday #1 (A-D)

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The Group Stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League has begun, with eighteen goals being scored in the opening eight matches from Groups A-D. Game of the day was at White Hart Lane where Barcelona gave new manager Tito Vilanova the perfect birthday present with a 2-0 away win.

David Villa opened the scoring in the sixth minute when Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris came to claim a Lionel Messi long ball, but got beaten to it by Villa who rounded him and slotted home from an angle.

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English champions Tottenham genuinely created more chances than the visitors throughout the game, but were undone when Jermaine Defoe was beaten for pace down the left. Barcelona quickly broke and a ball forward to Messi who took a touch twenty yards out and slotted underneath Lloris.

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David Villa’s goal wasn’t the earliest of the round though, as Wout Brama scored a few seconds earlier to give Twente a 1-0 win over Inter Milan. Elsewhere, Joe Ledley’s sending-off moments after a Celtic equaliser in their home match with Paris St. Germain proved costly as PSG made the numerical advantage count, and travelled back to the French capital with a 2-1 win.

UEFA Champions League Group Stage, Matchday One (17.09.13)

GROUP A
        FC Twente 1-0 Inter Milan
          Brama 6

   Spartak Moscow 3-2 Stade Rennais
           Ari 29     Erdinc 52
   Welliton 32,42     Parshivlyuk (og) 61
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GROUP B
      Neftci Baku 0-2 FC Porto
                      Kléber 11,78

          Schalke 0-1 FC Kobenhavn
                      Cornelius 15
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GROUP C
     BATE Borisov 0-3 Manchester United
                      Fletcher 39
                      Yarmolenko 45
                      van Persie 69

          Sevilla 0-1 Dynamo Kyiv
                      Ruben 37
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GROUP D
           Celtic 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
   Elyounoussi 46     Pastore 7
  (Ledley s/o 49)     Thiago Silva 66

Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Barcelona
                      Villa 6
                      Messi 61

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