The group stages of the 2014/15 Champions League commenced on Tuesday with Real Madrid beginning their defence of the crown with a big 5-1 win over Basel. Five times Champions League winners Liverpool made their return to continental football with a scrappy 2-1 win over Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets while 2012/13 runners up Borussia Dortmund put in a commanding display in their 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Madrid were out of sight before half time after a six minute spell in which they scored three goals through Bale, Ronaldo and Rodriguez before Benzema capped off the scoring in the second half with a brilliant left footed volley.
Liverpool took the lead through Balotelli eight minutes from time but when Ludogorets equalised in stoppage time, it looked like a frustrating night. But they pushed on and a blunder from goalkeeper Milan Borjan resulted in a penalty which captain Steven Gerrard promptly converted.
Goals from Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang secured the three points for Dortmund in an all action packed, energetic display in which Arsenal were flattered by the final scoreline. Burak Yilmaz clinched a late draw for Galatasaray against Anderlecht in the other match of Group D.