UEFA Champions League
FC Schalke 04 got off to a winning start in their UEFA Champions League campaign courtesy of a 3-0 victory over FC Steaua Bucuresti on home soil
Joel Matip (r.) and Co. struggled to assert themselves on proceedings during a hard-fought first half as the Romanians' ronust backline kept the Royal Blues at bay
...but a fortuitous effort from Atsuto Uchida (c.) saw his cross-cum-shot float uncontested into the back of the net to break the deadlock for the hosts
Kevin-Prince Boateng made it 2-0 soon after, finding the net for a second consecutive encounter following his winning strike against 1. FSV Mainz 05 last weekend
Having set-up Boateng's goal with a killer through ball, Schalke starlet Julian Draxler rounded out the scoring for Schalke, sending Jens Keller's men top of Group E
A nightmarish night in Naples left Borussia Dortmund frustrated as they got off on the wrong foot in their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign with a 2-1 loss to SSC Napoli
With clear-cut chances at a premium, Marco Reus (r.) and Co. found it difficult to get to grips with Napoli's ambitious play during the opening stages...
...and fell behind half way through the first 45 minutes when Gonzalo Higuain got wrong side of Marcel Schmelzer to head his side in front
Things went from bad to worse for Dortmund when they lost Mats Hummels to a suspected hamstrig injury, Sven Bender slotted into central defence...
...but the misery was far from over as shortly before half-time Roman Weidenfeller picked up a straight red card for handling the ball outside the area to deny Higuain a clear goalscoring chance
Dortmund picked their moments to push forward in the second half, but though a Camilo Zuniga own goal led to a nervous ending after Lorenzo Insigne (r.) had given the hosts a two-goal lead, Dortmund had to accept defeat in their opening group game fixture
FC Bayern began the defence of their UEFA Champions league crown with a home clash against Russian side CSKA Moscow
The hosts had their foot on the gas from the first minute and after Mario Mandzukic (2nd l.) had headed over,...
...they were ahead when David Alaba (2nd l.) curled in a free-kick in only the third minute
Across Europe it was the first goal scored in the group stages and sent out a clear message that Bayern are to be reckoned with as they
After striking the post, Mandzukic then added a second for Bayern shortly before the half-time break
Arjen Robben (2nd l.) then made the result safe in the second half, collecting Alaba's (2nd r.) pass to
Bayer 04 Leverkusen head coach Sami Hyypia (r.) returned to Old Trafford, looking to get one over on English Premier League champions Manchester United in Group A
Last season's top Bundesliga scorer Stefan Kießling (l.) found chances at a premium on what was a quiet night by his high standards
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (1r.) opened the scoring to give his side a half-time lead
Leverkusen restored parity though captain Simon Rolfes after the restart...
... but the hosts ran away with it the end, thanks to further goals from Rooney, Robin van Persie