Manchester United and Manchester City succumb to losses in their respective Champions league openers as Real Madrid easily dispatch Shahktar Donetsk.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Manchester United succumbed to a 2-1 loss against Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in their first champions league tie after a year of absence from Europe’s elite cup competition. It was also an interesting occasion for United forward Memphis Depay who only left PSV last season. It was also the first time PSV coach Cocu was facing United coach Louis Van Gaal as a fellow coach as Cocu used to play under Louis during his time at Barcelona.
However, the game was overshadowed by a horrendous injury to Manchester United left back Luke Shaw after he was tackled by Mexican defender Hector Moreno. After the game it was confirmed that he had a double fracture and could be out for over 6 months. After the game resumed, United took the lead with Depay scoring against his former employers. However, the hosts equalized at the stroke of halftime after a header from Hector Moreno before PSV took the lead in the second half through Luciano Narsingh.
Elsewhere, Manchester City were subjected to their first defeat in all competitions this season as they succumbed to a 2-1 loss to Juventus at the Etihad stadium in Manchester. Vincent Kompany forced an own goal from Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini to put the hosts infront. However, Juventus were undeterred as Mario Mandzukic scored the equalizer before Spanish striker Alvaro Morata grabbed the winner in the 81st minute of the game.
Real Madrid easily dispatched of Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk by a 4-0 margin to start their campaign with a victory. Christiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and also provided an assist for Karim Benzema as Shahktar Donetsk had Stepanenko sent off in the 50th minute. In other results Atletico Madrid saw off Galatasaray by a 2-0 margin while Borussia Monchengladbach lost by a 3-0 margin to Sevilla as Astana succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the hands of Portuguese giants Benfica.