GARETH BALE smashed his first Champions League goal for Real Madrid as the
Spanish giants remained unbeaten in Group B.
The £86million signing from Spurs drilled a cracking low shot past Gianluigi
Buffon on the hour mark to put Madrid 2-1 up.
But Fernande Llorente replied just five minutes later to give Juventus a share
of the spoils.
Bale was handed his first Champions League start for Madrid by boss Carlo
But it was their Italian hosts who led at the break as they chased a first
Raphael Varone fouled former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in the
And Arturo Vidal converted the spot-kick to put Juve on course for a third
Bonfire Night victory over Madrid — after wins in 1986 and 2008.
But the visitors turned the game on its head after the restart.
First Cristiano Ronaldo — in his 100th Champions League game — slotted past
Buffon to level in the 52nd minute.
It took his remarkable tally to 43 goals in 44 Champions League matches for
And it also made him only the fourth player to hit eight goals in the group
stage — after Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004-05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernon
Crespo (both 2002-03). Ronaldo then turned provider for Bale’s classy finish.
But despite Llorente’s reply, Madrid moved six points clear of their Group B
Daniel Braaten’s backheel lifted COPENHAGEN off the foot of the
group as they beat GALATASARAY 1-0.
BAYERN MUNICH made it four straight wins in Group D with a 1-0 victory at VIKTORIA
PLZEN thanks to Mario Mandzukic.
There was a shock in Group C when big-spending PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN were
held 1-1 at home to 10-man ANDERLECHT. Demy De Zeeuw’s 68th-minute
opener for the Belgians was swiftly wiped out by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But a winner eluded PSG despite Sacha Kljestan’s late red card for a second
The group’s other match saw OLYMPIAKOS beat BENFICA 1-0,
while Manchester United’s Group A rivals SHAKHTAR DONETSK and BAYER
LEVERKUSEN drew 0-0 in Ukraine.