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Real MadridReal Madrid5FC BaselFC Basel1

Real Madrid 5-1 FC Basel

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale's goal against Swiss side Basel was his second of the season for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale starred as holders Real Madrid thrashed Swiss side Basel to begin the defence of their Champions League title in impressive style.

After a Marek Suchy own goal had put Real ahead, Wales winger Bale smartly lobbed the keeper before finishing.

Bale set up Cristiano Ronaldo to tap in, James Rodriguez hit a fourth and Karim Benzema swept in a late fifth. Derlis Gonzalez scored for Basel.

Elsewhere, last season's finalists Atletico Madrid lost 3-2 at Olympiakos.

Champions League group-stage facts
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals in 52 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid conceded three times on Tuesday, the same amount as during their entire Champions League group stage last season
Carlos Tevez scored his first Champions League goal since April 2009 - a period of 1003 minutes of play

All but one of Real's goals came in a first-half in which they were rampant, before Benzema struck late on after exchanging passes with Ronaldo for Real's 1,000th goal in European football.

The win will come as a welcome boost for manager Carlo Ancelotti, with the Spanish side having made a disappointing start to the season in La Liga.

After beginning the campaign with a 2-0 win against Cordoba, they lost their last two games in La Liga - including a 2-1 defeat at home against city rivals Atletico last time out.

The result puts Real top of Group B, level on points with Liverpool after they edged Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad 2-1 at Anfield.

Atletico lost to Real in last season's Champions League final and they made a losing start to the current tournament, with on-loan Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou getting the decisive third for Olympiakos in Greece.

Kostas Mitroglou
Kostas Mitroglou, on loan at Olympiakos from Fulham, has scored nine goals in 13 Champions League games

The hosts took the lead thanks to Arthur Masuaku's superb strike from just outside the area, before Ibrahim Afellay drove in a second midway through the first half.

Mario Mandzukic headed in for Atletico to halve the deficit, but Mitroglou restored Olympiakos's two-goal advantage. Antoine Griezmann scored late on for Atletico.

Olympiakos are level with Juventus on three points in Group A, with Carlos Tevez scoring his first Champions League goals since 2009 to give the Italian champions a 2-0 victory at home to Swedish side Malmo.

Former Manchester City striker Tevez slotted in the opener after running on to Kwadwo Asamoah's clever backheel, before the Argentina international curled home a 90th-minute free-kick.

Carlos Tevez
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal-scoring drought, which had stretched back to 2009

In Group C, Andre Villas-Boas's Zenit won 2-0 at 10-man Benfica. Hulk slotted in the opener for the Russian side before Benfica had goalkeeper Artur sent off. Alex Witsel then headed in the game's second goal.

Monaco also won in Group C, with Joao Moutinho's deflected second-half strike enough to give the French side a 1-0 win at home to Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.

Finally, Borussia Dortmund beat Arsenal 2-0 to go top of Group D, with Belgian side Anderlecht and Turkey's Galatasaray sharing a 1-1 draw.

Joao Moutinho
Monaco were playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2006
Andre Villas-Boas
Former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has guided Zenit to seven straight victories in the league this season

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Casillas
  • 12Marcelo
  • 18Nacho
  • 4RamosSubstituted forVaraneat 66'minutes
  • 3PepeBooked at 85mins
  • 19ModricSubstituted forIllarramendiat 74'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi

FC Basel

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Vaclik
  • 6SamuelBooked at 60minsSubstituted forKakitaniat 64'minutes
  • 17Suchy
  • 16Schär
  • 20FreiSubstituted forDelgadoat 83'minutes
  • 33ElnenyBooked at 55mins
  • 19Safari
  • 34XhakaBooked at 90mins
  • 9StrellerSubstituted forEmboloat 73'minutes
  • 25González
  • 7Zuffi

Substitutes

  • 10Delgado
  • 11Gashi
  • 14Kakitani
  • 18Vailati
  • 27Aliji
  • 36Embolo
  • 39Callà
Referee:
Damir Skomina
Attendance:
65,364

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamFC Basel
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away16
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 5, FC Basel 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 5, FC Basel 1.

  3. Booking

    Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Schär (FC Basel).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacho (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Behrang Safari.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Breel Embolo (FC Basel) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Behrang Safari.

  9. Post update

    Offside, FC Basel. Taulant Xhaka tries a through ball, but Derlis González is caught offside.

  10. Booking

    Pepe (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Breel Embolo (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

  14. Post update

    Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Breel Embolo (FC Basel) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luca Zuffi with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Basel. Matías Delgado replaces Fabian Frei.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Yoichiro Kakitani (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Breel Embolo with a headed pass.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus11002023
2Olympiakos11003213
3Atl Madrid100123-10
4Malmö FF100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11005143
2Liverpool11002113
3Ludogorets100112-10
4FC Basel100115-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg11002023
2Monaco11001013
3B Leverkusen100101-10
4Benfica100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund11002023
2Anderlecht10101101
3Galatasaray10101101
4Arsenal100102-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1CSKA Moscow00000000
2Bayern Munich00000000
3Man City00000000
4Roma00000000

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia00000000
2Ajax00000000
3Barcelona00000000
4PSG00000000

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea00000000
2Schalke00000000
3NK Maribor00000000
4Sporting00000000

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao00000000
2BATE Borisov00000000
3FC Porto00000000
4Shakhtar Donetsk00000000
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