5 things that caught the eye in this week's Champions League
The "Champiooooonsss" League is back and with it returns the excitement and football of the highest order for the remainder of the season. The first round of group matches saw goals galore with Chelsea picking up the highest margin of a victory with a 6-0 win over Qarabag whereas Napoli suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The biggest match of the mid-week fixtures saw Barcelona host Juventus at Camp Nou. The Catalans eased past to a 3-0 win and staked their claims for a hand at the Champions League crown. Without further ado, let's take a look at the five moments which caught the eye in this week's set of Champions League matches:
#5 Gareth Bale booed off at Santiago Bernabeu
In Real Madrid's 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia, there was one aspect which was not pleasing to the eye. When Gareth Bale was taken off in the 82nd minute for Borja Mayoral, a section of the Bernabeu faithful jeered their own player in another embarrassing episode for the Real Madrid boo boys. Though it was not a below the par performance by the Welshman, Bale had long been on the target for a section of the Madrid fan base.
Casemiro sprung up to Bale's defence as the Brazilian said, "You can see that Bale is working, he wants to score goals and he's fighting to help the club." Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and entered the history books by scoring in the first game of the Champions League for Real Madrid for the sixth season in a row.