Europe's goal kings to the fore
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The start of the group phase of the UEFA Champions League brought 21 goals in eight games as some of the Europe's most polished goalgetters brought their finishing skills to bear. Leading the way was Grafite, who hit a hat-trick for Wolfsburg, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Filippo Inzaghi and Thomas Muller all struck twice.

The only member of the continental elite who failed to collect maximum points were Juventus, who were held at home by Bordeaux. Chelsea had to work hard to edge a narrow victory over a depleted Porto side, and Real Madrid's new posse of galácticos hit five on their maiden competition outing in Zurich. FIFA.com looks at all the action from matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League for 2009/10.

Match of the day
Chelsea 1-0 Porto
Goal: Nicolas Anelka 48

Defending high up the pitch and unsettling the Chelsea rearguard with some rapid counter-attacking, a well-drilled Porto side gave Carlo Ancelotti and his men plenty to ponder in their Group D meeting at Stamford Bridge. Played at a high tempo throughout, this was a match that always looked as if it might be settled by a piece of individual brilliance. And so it proved when Nicolas Anelka's fierce drive was spilled by Brazilian keeper Helton just after the restart, with the alert Frenchman following up to clip the loose ball expertly into the net.

Surprise of the day
Atletico Madrid 0-0 APOEL Nicosia

A surprisingly enterprising APOEL Nicosia side could have inflicted an even bigger embarrassment on their unimpressive hosts had they shown just a little more self-belief. Los Rojiblancos dominated possession but never looked in command and can consider themselves fortunate to pick up a point.

The groups
In Group A Bayern Munich struggled for long periods away to Israeli representatives Maccabi Haifa before finally breaking the deadlock with an hour on the clock, defender Daniel van Buyten taking advantage of some sloppy defending to rifle the ball home. Substitute Thomas Muller then added two late goals to seal the points for the Bavarians.

Hampered by the absence of several first-choice players including playmaker Diego, Juventus were forced on to the back foot by an adventurous Bordeaux outfit. A series of superb stops by Gianluigi Buffon kept the Italians in it before they took the lead early in the second half through Vincenzo Iaquinta. But the Frenchmen were not to be denied, with Miroslav Plasil netting a well-deserved equaliser.

Stymied for much of the game by a well-organised Besiktas, Group B favourites Manchester United struggled to find reward for their domination in Istanbul. The 2009 runners-up had to wait until 14 minutes from time before securing the points, Paul Scholes heading home after goalkeeper Hakan Arikan had failed to hold on to Nani's shot.

In the other game in the section German champions Wolfsburg had a debut to remember as they downed CSKA Moscow 3-1, with all their goals coming from talismanic Brazilian striker Grafite, whose partnership with Edin Dzeko could wreak havoc across the continent.

In Group C, Real Madrid wobbled in Switzerland before easing to a 5-2 win over FC Zurich. Three goals to the good at the break, the revamped Spaniards shipped two goals in as many minutes to give the Swiss minnows hope. Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to spare Madrid's blushes, however, capitalising on some poor goalkeeping late on to bag his second of the night before Guti rounded off the scoring.

Finally, Marseille fell victim to Filippo Inzaghi's undimmed finishing skills as Milan made light of the driving rain and Ronaldinho's relegation to the bench to secure a valuable 2-1 win in France, both their goals coming from the veteran poacher.

The stat
48 -
The number of UEFA Champions League goals Filippo Inzaghi has now scored following his brace on Tuesday evening. The evergreen Italian, who scored 17 in Juventus colours, took his Milan tally to 31 at the Stade Velodrome, making him the highest-scoring Italian in the history of the competition.

Goal of the night
FC Zurich 2-5 Real Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain 45 (3-0)

Latching on to Raul's neat flick, Gonzalo Higuain skipped past his marker Hannu Tihinen and, without breaking stride, sent a firm right-footed cross-shot past goalkeeper Johnny Leoni.

What they said
"We have shown that there's nothing wrong with having a little ambition." Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc

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