The UEFA Champions League kicked off this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, without any really big surprises, and here are the Top 9 Photos of the two nights of the opening week from around the continent.
Bad Day for Rooney and United
Manchester United, less than convincing so far this season, drew another match in their Champions League opener, ending their “British Derby” with Glasgow Rangers at 0-0, also losing Antonio Valencia to a gruesome injury.
Off You Go
Schalke’s Benedikt Howedes seeing a red card during Schalke’s 1-0 loss to Lyon, as Raul, accustomed to winning UCL openers, watches from behind.
Lionel Messi enjoying himself and Barcelona’s performance during their 5-1 demolition of Panathinaikos, including a perfect, no other words to describe it, third goal.
Watch The Head
Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh tripped by Braga’s keeper Felipe, setting up Arsenal’s first goal in their 6-0 win over the Portuguese runner-ups.
Free to Go
Florent Malouda “releasing” Nicolas Anelka after on of his goals against Zilina as Chelsea won 4-1.
Warning – Road Block Ahead
Yossi Benayoun, in a rare start for Chelsea, having a painful collision with Zilina’s keeper Martin Dubravka.
Don’t Play With Your Food
Jose Mourinho and a piece of gum during Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Ajax.
No Need to Get Angry
Cristiano Ronaldo just couldn’t find the net yesterday, and wasn’t hiding about his frustration.
Meanwhile, at the Balet
Zlatan Ibrahimovic did score two goals for Milan last night in their 2-0 win over Auxerre, and also showed he can do a dance move or two in his spare time.