14 Teams Involved in the First Matchday of Champions League’s Group Stage

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On Sept. 13, 2016, the UEFA Champions League group stage started with seven matches. Eight were scheduled. However, the eighth game, between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach, was postponed due to torrential rain. The other 14 teams involved in the competition made a spectacular showing. The games were intense and entertained the spectators.

Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

FC Barcelona was one of the main leads of the night as the team won 7-0 against Celtic FC, at the Camp Nou Stadium. Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick, while Neymar had four assists and a goal. The goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen also played had a significant role for his crew by defending a penalty kick.

Bayern 5-0 Rostov

FC Bayern München succeeded in obtaining the second highest score of the night. The German team defeated 5-0 FC Rostov at the Allianz Arena. Robert Lewandowski scored from a penalty kick, while Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, and Juan Bernat established the final look of the scoreboard.

Matchday 1 Highlights

  • Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain FC) was the first to score in this opening matchday of the 2016 UEFA Champions League’s group stage.
  • The match between Manchester City FC and Borussia Monchengladbach was postponed as, due to rainy weather, the Etihad Stadium pitch presented pools of water in multiple places.
  • Andrés Guardado (PSV Eindhoven) and Moussa Dembélé (Celtic FC) missed a penalty kick each.
  • Luis Suarez (FC Barcelona), Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München), and Arkadiusz Milik (SSC Napoli) scored twice for their teams.
  • Serhiy Sydorchuk (FC Dynamo Kyiv), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain FC), and Olivier Giroud (Arsenal FC) were the ones that received red cards.

All the Results of Matchday 1

  • Barcelona 7-0 Celtic
  • Bayern München 5-0 Rostov
  • Benfica 1-1 Besiktas
  • Dynamo Kyiv 1-2 Napoli
  • FC Basel 1-1 Ludogorets
  • PSG 1-1 Arsenal
  • PSV 0-1 Atletico Madrid

On Sept. 14, 2016, the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League’s group stage will engage 16 other teams into important matches. The 32 crews fight for a spot in the final of the Europe’s club’s main tournament, that will take place on June 3, 2017, at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

According to The Telegraph, officials for the two teams will reschedule the game that was rained out. As of this report, no date was announced.

Written by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne


The Mirror: Manchester City’s clash against Borussia Monchengladbach postponed due to stormy weather
UEFA: UEFA Champions League latest
The Telegraph: Man City and Borussia Monchengladbach in talks with Uefa over rescheduling postponed Champions League match

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