Pics – Champions League action returns

Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United proved again why they are regarded the top teams in the world during Champions League group matches on Tuesday (September 17 2013). Above: Manchester United manager David Moyes lavished praise on Wayne Rooney after the striker inspired his side to a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Picture: Jon Super/AP
An acrobatic Robin van Persie volley restored United’s lead five minutes later and further goals from Rooney and Antonio Valencia made it 4-1, before Omer Toprak claimed a consolation with two minutes to play. Above: Referee Damir Skomina speaks to Robin van Persie (right), prior to issuing him a yellow card. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA/AP
After Rooney put United ahead with a 22nd-minute volley, Simon Rolfes equalised with a deflected shot nine minutes into the second half. Picture: Phil Noble/Reuters
Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia admitted that his side had struggled to get to grips with the effervescent Rooney. Picture: Jon Super/AP
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as a dominant Real Madrid started its Champions League campaign with a crushing 6-1 win over Galatasaray on Tuesday (September 17 2013). Above: Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) celebrates a goal with team-mates Daniel Carvajal (left) and Gareth Bale. Picture: Murad Sezer/Reuters
Diego Lopez was soon in action when he had to save a close range shot by Melo in the 17th after Ramos had been penalised for a foul on Didier Drogba. Picture: Osman Orsal/Reuters
In a hectic ending, Karim Benzema (left) scored his second from an assist by Ronaldo in the 81st, Bulut skilfully side-footed Amrabat’s long cross past Lopez in the 84th and Ronaldo rounded off the scoring during stoppage time. Picture: Osman Orsal/Reuters
Thiago Motta (left) headed in two second-half goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat Olympiakos 4-1 in their Champions League Group C match. Picture: John Kolesidis/Reuters
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second right) missed a late penalty for the French champions, but set up their first goal in the 19th minute. Picture: Petros Giannakouris/AP
Juventus had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their Champions League Group B opener away to FC Copenhagen. Above: Juventus’ Fabio Quagliarella (left) celebrates his equalising goal with team-mates Andrea Pirlo (centre) and Federico Peluso. Picture: Lars Poulsen/AP
Nicolai Jorgensen gave the hosts a 15th-minute lead but, after riding their luck in the first half, the Danes fell to a 54th-minute equaliser from Fabio Quagliarella. Above: Paul Pogba of Juventus (left) and FC Copenhagen’s goalkeeper, Johan Viland, compete for the ball. Picture: Jens Dresling/AP
Juve went on to dominate after the interval but were thwarted by a combination of goalkeeper Johan Wiland’s brilliance as well as their own inaccuracy. Above: Juventus’ goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (centre left background), bats the ball away. Picture: Lars Poulsen/AP

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