Four German teams were in action as the group stages of the Champions League kicked off this week. Bayern, Dortmund and Hoffenheim were all on the road, with Schalke the only German team to enjoy home advantage. Bayern and Dortmund both won their away fixtures, while Hoffenheim squandered the lead twice in Kharkiv to draw with Shakhtar. S04 failed to make home advantage count as they were held by Porto at the Veltins Arena.
Results for German teams on MD1 of the Champions League
Club Brugge 0:1 BVB (Pulisic 85) Group A
Dortmund left it late to beat Brugge in Belgium, with Christian Pulisic scoring the winner five minutes from time. Brugge are probably the easiest of BVB’s opponents in Group A, with further trips to Madrid and Monaco awaiting Lucien Favre’s men
Schalke 1:1 Porto (Embolo 64) Group D
S04 took the lead through Embolo on 64 minutes, but conceded a penalty ten minutes later to allow Porto back into this fixture. They’ll be off to Moscow in a fortnight’s time to play Lokomotiv, who were beaten 3:0 by Galatasaray in their opener
Benfica 0:2 Bayern (Lewandowski, Sanches) Group E
A good result for Bayern, beating Portuguese giants Benfica in front of a 60.000 strong crowd at the Estadio da Luz.
Shakhtar 2:2 Hoffenheim (Grillitsch, Nordtveit) Group F
A draw is a fairly good result for any team travelling to Shakhtar, but Hoffenheim would probably feel they squandered two points here. More importantly, their next opponents are Man City, who will be out for blood after being upset by Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad.