French champions Bordeaux secured a precious point in Turin after holding Juventus to a 1-1 draw. Elsewhere, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and the German duo of Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg all got off to a winning start.
AFP - 2008 Champions League winners Manchester United and the team they beat in that final Chelsea got off to slender but winning starts on Tuesday in their opening Champions League group matches.
United - outclassed by Barcelona in last season's final - edged Besiktas 1-0 in the fiery cauldron of the Turkish side's stadium in Istanbul, thanks to a second-half goal by veteran Paul Scholes.
Chelsea - whose owner Roman Abramovich is counting on his umpteenth choice of manager Carlo Ancelotti to deliver him the Champions League - also won 1-0, a Nicolas Anelka goal enough to gain them the three points, at home to 2004 champions FC Porto.
Italian clubs experienced mixed fortunes against their two French opponents.
Ancelotti's former club AC Milan gained a slightly fortunate 2-1 victory away in Marseille, the team who beat them in the 1993 final and coached by one of the players that night Didier Deschamps, as veteran Filippo Inzaghi grabbed a double to take his total in the competition to 44.
Juventus, formerly coached by Deschamps, were held 1-1 in Turin by French champions Bordeaux, Czech international Jaroslav Plasil cancelling out Italian international Vincenzo Iaquinta's goal.
German duo VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich got their campaigns off on a victorious note with the former - surprise champions last season - relying on a hat-trick from Grafite in their 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow while Bayern won 3-0 in Israel over Maccabi Haifa.
The two Madrid clubs enjoyed differing fortunes as the expensively-assembled Real eased into a 3-0 lead over FC Zurich only to take their foot off the pedal and see the lead reduced to 3-2 before Cristiano Ronaldo added his second of the match to make it 4-2 and Guti added another for good measure to see them win 5-2.
City rivals Atletico were totally toothless and were held 0-0 at home by unheralded Cypriot club Apoel Nicosia.
Date created : 2009-09-15