Marcelo led the way for Real Madrid as they beat Manchester City in dramatic style, while Thiago Silva grabbed a debut goal and Gervinho and Lukas Podolski continued to impress
sixteen teams took part in eight matches on Tuesday evening as the Champions League group stage kicked-off and, as was expected from Europe's premier competition, there were a number of fine individual displays on offer.
The best of the action – at least in the second half – came from Santiago Bernabeu, where Real Madrid dispatched Manchester City after completing a thrilling comeback to win 3-2.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in Spain but it was defender Marcelo who led the way for Jose Mourinho's team, scoring the home side's first goal and going close on two other occasions in an exciting performance from left-back.
In Paris, meanwhile, Marcelo's Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva marked his debut for Paris Saint-Germain in style as they swept aside Dynamo Kiev in a 4-1 victory.
The centre-back converted a corner kick in the first half to double the Ligue 1 team's advantage after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored from the penalty spot. The former AC Milan star played 80 minutes at the Parc des Princes and it was only after his departure that Miguel Veloso was able to grab a consolation for the visitors.
That fixture was not the only match played in France, as two of Arsenal's in-form forwards helped the Gunners to come from behind to beat Montpellier 2-1.
Younes Belhanda had given the French champions the lead from the penalty spot but Gervinho and Lukas Podolski struck first-half goals in quick succession to secure three points.
Santi Cazorla played in that game for Arsene Wenger's team and back in Spain, his old side, Malaga, began their Champions League campaign in style by beating Zenit St Petersburg 3-0.
The in-demand Isco led the way for Manuel Pellegrini's team, scoring either side of a Javier Saviola goal to deliver a comfortable three points.
To the east, meanwhile, defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos foiled his former club in Greece as Schalke edged to a 2-1 victory over Olympiakos.
The centre-back delivered a superb performance at the heart of the German club's defence as Benedikt Howedes and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar provided goals either side of half-time.
Who was the most impressive performer on the first night of Champions League group stage football? Did Marcelo show the fight Mourinho had asked of his Real Madrid players? Was Thiago Silva's debut one to remember, or were Gervinho and Podolski the best performers in France? Did Isco's goals catch your eye or was Papadopoulos' accomplished display most notable against his old club?
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