The first 16 matches have been completed in the Champions League, and they mostly went as expected. But there were still some surprises, and this will highlight some of those results instead of the so-so march to the final that it seems that Real Madrid is on yet again (they started things off with a 3-0 victory at home against Roma).
Here are some of the more shocking results of the first round of matches from around Europe (based on UEFA rankings heading into the match or location). Home teams are listed first:
Manchester City 1-2 Lyon
Manchester City qualified for the Champions League group stage as the top club from the English Premier League last season, winning in dominating fashion, losing only two games and dropping a total of 14 points all season (32-4-2), on their way to the first 100 point season in Premier League history. Lyon, on the other hand, qualified based on their third-place finish in Ligue 1 on France, distantly behind champion Paris Saint-Germain and only one point ahead of fourth-place Marseille. Yet the Kids from Lyon defeated Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in their first match in the Champions League.
Manchester City is still favored to win the group, and still have the fourth-best chance of winning the entirety of the Champions League, but getting behind 2-0 at home to the third best team in the group isn’t a good start. They’ll need to bounce back against 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany in a couple of weeks to prove that the opening match wasn’t a fluke and to get back on the winning path. Lyon, on the other hand, faces off against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk at home, hoping to continue the fight for a second place finish and advancement to the Round of 16.
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