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UEFA Champions League matchday one classics

With the UEFA Champions League group stage approaching, UEFA.com takes a look at some of the memorable games to have lit up the competition on matchday one.

Classic opening day matches
Classic opening day matches

Rangers 2-2 Olympique de Marseille (1992/93)
Rangers welcomed Marseille to Ibrox for their first game in the rebranded UEFA Champions League. Goals from Alen Bokšić and Rudi Völler – the latter capitalising on a defensive mix-up – put the French champions in command with an hour played in Glasgow. Gary McSwegan's clever header reduced the deficit before Walter Smith's side restored parity, Mark Hateley pouncing from close range to salvage a point for the hosts.

Newcastle United 3-2 Barcelona (1997/98)
Tournament debutants Newcastle did not take long to make an impact on the competition, recording a memorable victory over Louis van Gaal's team. Colombia forward Faustino Asprilla was the star of the show, opening the scoring with a penalty before extending the Magpies' lead with two fine headers. Luis Enrique and Luís Figo replied for the Camp Nou outfit, but Newcastle were not to be denied.

Manchester United 3-3 Barcelona (1998/99)
Barcelona were the visitors to Old Trafford as Manchester United started a UEFA Champions League campaign that would culminate in a dramatic final triumph over Bayern München. The Red Devils raced out of the traps against the Blaugrana, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes scoring on 16 and 24 minutes respectively. Brazilians Sonny Anderson and Giovanni brought Barcelona level after the interval, before David Beckham edged the hosts in front once more. The Spanish side dug deep, however, with Luis Enrique converting from the spot after Nicky Butt had handled.

Galatasaray 3-2 Monaco (2000/01)
Fans at the Ali Sami Yen were treated to a thrilling match as Galatasaray began their campaign with a win. Jardel fired Cimbom ahead from close range and Gheorghe Hagi arrowed a delightful drive into the top corner of Stéphane Porato's net. Les Rouge et Blanc fought back through goals from Bruno Irles and Marco Simone, before both teams were reduced to ten men. A draw looked likely until a cross from the left found Capone, who stooped to head powerfully past Porato.

Goalkeeper Jörg Butt celebrates scoring
Goalkeeper Jörg Butt celebrates scoring©Bongarts

Hamburg 4-4 Juventus (2000/01)
European title winners in 1983, Hamburg made their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League 17 years later. Igor Tudor and Anthony Yeboah traded early goals, then Filippo Inzaghi gave the Old Lady control with two typically instinctive finishes. Seemingly down and out, HSV mounted a stirring comeback, Mehdi Mahdavikia reducing the arrears and goalkeeper Jörg Butt netting from the spot for 3-3. Hamburg appeared to be on the brink of an astonishing victory when Niko Kovač bundled in from close range, yet Inzaghi had other ideas, completing his hat-trick with a late penalty.

Juventus 3-2 Celtic (2001/02)
There was also late spot-kick drama as Juventus edged the first of two dramatic meetings with Celtic in the first group stage. There was no portent of the fireworks to come as a pair of David Trezeguet goals put the Bianconeri 2-0 up. Stiliyan Petrov pulled one back for the Bhoys and it looked like Henrik Larsson had secured a point for Martin O'Neill's men when he stroked in a penalty four minutes from time. Nicola Amoruso then entered the fray and landed the decisive blow after being brought down in the area in the 90th minute.

Bayern München 2-3 Deportivo La Coruña (2002/03)
Winners two years earlier, Bayern failed to win any group games in 2002/03. Roy Makaay's memorable hat-trick started their miserable run. Two lethal finishes in the first period had sent the Spanish visitors into a surprise 2-0 lead, but Bayern battled back to equalise through Hasan Salihamidžić and Giovane Elber. Deportivo were not to be resisted, though, as Makaay streaked clear to slot past Oliver Kahn. The Dutchman obviously made an impression on the Bundesliga club – they broke their transfer record to sign him the following summer.

Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Real Madrid (2006/07)
A year after Madrid launched their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Stade de Gerland, it was deja vu for Fabio Capello's troops. Coming off the back of three successive quarter-finals, Lyon were a force to be reckoned with and showed their class with a clinical dispatching of the then nine-time champions. Fred lobbed the opener over Iker Casillas on 11 minutes, with Tiago prodding in a second after the half-hour.

Pato put Milan ahead in the Camp Nou
Pato put Milan ahead in the Camp Nou©Getty Images

Barcelona 2-2 AC Milan (2011/12)
Holders Barcelona were given immediate warning that retaining their title would be no easy feat when Pato broke through to notch the fastest ever matchday one goal. If the start was dramatic, the end proved equally so, as after Pedro Rodríguez and David Villa had put the hosts ahead, Thiago Silva popped up in the 92nd minute to nod the equaliser in the first of the heavyweights' four meetings that season.

Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City (2012/13)
Though Madrid eventually succumbed to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals, it seemed fate was on their side during the first game of the competition's 2012/13 edition. Aleksandar Kolarov shot City in front for the second time on 85 minutes with the third of five second-half goals. Somehow the Merengues came again and Karim Benzema quickly levelled, setting the scene for Cristiano Ronaldo to drill in a last-gasp winner.

Chelsea 1-2 Basel (2013/14)
All appeared to be going to plan for the Londoners when Oscar finished splendidly just before the break. However,  Mohamed Salah curled in a 71st-minute equaliser and Marco Streller then rounded off Basel's fightback with a header from a corner. Salah, who had scored against Chelsea in the previous season's UEFA Europa League semi-finals and breached them once more on matchday five, moved to Stamford Bridge in January 2014.