The return of Champions League football served up over 50 goals, Tottenham’s second win at Wembley in 12 attempts and four wins from five for English sides.
Chelsea and Manchester United strolled past Qarabag and Basle on Tuesday, while Wednesday saw Manchester City and Tottenham join them with convincing wins over Feyenoord and Dortmund respectively. Liverpool were the anomaly, having being held to a 2-2 draw at home with Sevilla, but with what many view as the ‘easiest group’, Klopp’s side needn’t panic just yet.
With so many games on offer and over 25 goals scored, you’d be forgiven for missing some of the action, Luckily, Sportsmail was on hand to bring you the moments you may have missed.
Tottenham hosted Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in their Champions League opener
Real Madrid’s longevity lives on
Fresh off becoming the first side to successfully defend their Champions League crown, Real Madrid have broken another record. The 2017-18 campaign marks their 21st consecutive season among Europe’s elite, a run which has produced six victories in the tournament.
By way of comparison, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal were a close second with 19 consecutive seasons, until their demotion to the Europa League this year, while Man City are English’s football’s most-recent pillar of European consistency, featuring in the last seven Champions League campaigns.
Real Madrid beat Apoel as they take part in their 21st consecutive season among Europe’s elite
Didn’t you get the message, Roman?
Amid football’s wave of globalisation, which has seen domestic cup draws take place across the world and individual players sold for close to £200m, you’d think a simple memo preventing kits clashing would be a piece of cake. Apparently not.
Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Burki began the game donning bright orange socks, only for officials to demand he wraps yellow tape around those socks, because they clashed with the referee’s outfit. Much like the uncertainty in attire, Burki’s goalkeeping skills also left much to be desired, as the Swiss keeper was beaten twice at his near post as Dortmund slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
Borussia Dortmund keeper Roman Burki was seen in the tunnel wearing bright orange socks
Officials told him to cover them up with tape to avoid a kit clash with the referee
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks another record
Not content with being the tournament’s record goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the competitions most capped outfield player. Against APOEL, the Portguese maestro made his 136th start in the Champions League and 145th appearance in total, surpassing Raul’s total of 135 starts.