Sunday 16 December 2018

Olympiacos get Atletico home win

Olympiacos got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start as they recorded a 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid in the Group A clash at Karaiskakis Stadium.

Arthur Masuaku opened the scoring for the hosts and Ibrahim Afellay doubled their lead after 31 minutes before Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for Madrid before half-time.

Konstantinos Mitroglou made it 3-1 midway through the second half before Antoine Griezmann struck for last season's beaten finalists at the end.

Juventus forward Carlos Tevez ended his Champions League goal drought with both goals in the 2-0 defeat of Malmo.

The Italian champions had struggled to make an impact until Tevez ended a 14-match wait for a Champions League goal with his eye-catching strike just before the hour mark in this Group A opener.

Tevez then made sure of the victory in the 89th minute, curling home a fantastic free-kick.

Goals from Hulk and Axel Witsel helped Zenit St Petersburg get their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start as they beat 10-man Benfica 2-0 away.

And Zenit are joined at the top of Group C by Monaco who beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0, Portuguese Joao Moutinho bagging the Ligue 1 side victory with a 61st-minute winner.

Brown: No excuses

Celtic captain Scott Brown has told his team-mates there are "no excuses" now the transition period is over.

Brown made his first appearance of the season in Celtic's 2-1 Scottish Premiership win over Aberdeen on Saturday after a torn hamstring ruled him out of Ronny Deila's difficult start as manager.

Brown said: "It's always hard when a new manager comes in."

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