The first night of group action in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League belonged to the new boys, as Romania's CFR Cluj 1907 stunned Roma 2-1 and Cypriot first-timers Anorthosis Famagusta held Werder Bremen to a 0-0 draw in Germany. Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid signalled their intent with a comprehensive 3-0 win in Eindhoven.
Match of the day
PSV Eindhoven 0-3 Atletico Madrid
Goals: Sergio Aguero 8, 35, Maniche 53
The Colchoneros could not have made a more impressive return to the continent's premier club competition, outclassing their hosts in every department, with the trio of Luis Garcia, Sergio "Kun" Aguero and Maniche giving their opponents' rearguard a torrid time. Atletico's opening goal encapsulated their domination. Latching onto a Maniche pass deep inside the PSV box, Luis Garcia squared the ball first time for the advancing Aguero, who slammed it into the roof of the net.
Surprises of the day
AS Roma 1-2 CFR Cluj 1907
Goals: Christian Panucci 17 (AS Roma); Juan Emanuel Culio 27, 49 (CFR Cluj 1907)
Roma's hopes of contesting the final on their home ground next May took a severe dent against the hard-running and technically outstanding Romanian champions. Cluj made the most of the Giallorossi's deficiencies by hitting hard on the break, with Argentinian midfielder Emmanuel Juan Culio grabbing both of their goals with fierce cross-shots, the first of them from outside the box.
Werder Bremen 0-0 Anorthosis Famagusta
The Cypriots kept their shape at the back and worked hard in midfield to survive a first-half onslaught, before adopting a bolder approach after the break. The Germans bossed possession all night, but lacked the wit to convert their domination into goals.
Chelsea and Liverpool completed a comfortable double for England against France when they downed Bordeaux and Marseille respectively. While the Londoners were romping to a 4-0 home win, Steven Gerrard inspired the Reds to their second triumph at the Stade Velodrome in two seasons, this time by 2-1.
Barcelona overcame their sluggish early-season form by labouring to a 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon, while Shakhtar Donetsk won 2-1 in Basle courtesy of two long-range free kicks, the first of them converted from fully 40 metres by Fernandinho. Lastly, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan secured a valuable 2-0 victory at Panathinaikos to put themselves in a healthy position in Group B.
500 - The honour of scoring Inter Milan's 500th goal in European competition fell to Brazilian forward Mancini against Panathinaikos. The ninth club to reach the landmark, the Italians are still some way behind the first, Real Madrid, who have now scored 837 goals in all continental tournaments.
Goal of the night
Marseille 1-2 Liverpool
Steven Gerrard 26
This work of art was the result of a typical Liverpool move, which ended when Dirk Kuyt rolled a pass into the path of the onrushing Steven Gerrard, who spotted Steve Mandanda off his line and clipped an immaculate chip into the top corner.
What they said
"We needed a win to settle our nerves a little, and this will help us gain some confidence and set our sights higher." Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o.
Have your say
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