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It was a pulsating start to the UEFA Champions League last night with plenty of action, drama and excitement. Spurs looked like they were going to leave Milan, Italy with three points but they succumbed to the intense pressure Inter were putting them under and the Italians produced a heroic comeback to win 2-1 with both their goals coming in the dying minutes of the game.

Anfield witnessed another scintillating night of European football and the Reds who were without star man Salah for most of the game put up a hell of a fight to beat PSG and they left it late scoring the winner in injury time. Barcelona were not surprisingly way too good for PSV beating them 4-0 with ten men and Atletico Madrid produced an impressive performance to beat Monaco 2-1 in their back yard.

On the domestic front Leeds continued their excellent start to the season thrashing Preston 3-0 at Elland Road and the win sent them top of the league after second placed Brentford failed to hold on to their 1-0 lead at Ipswich who fought hard for their point. West Brom produced an impressive performance against fellow promotion challengers Bristol City and it was a six goal thriller, which the Baggies dominated winning 4-2, and the win moved up to third a point behind Brentford.

Villa moved in to the play-off places on goal differences after a comfortable 2-0 home win against Rotherham and Wigan continued their solid home form beating Hull 2-1, which keeps them level on points with Villa and in a good position to keep challenging for the play-off places. Derby’s inconsistent season continued as they could only manage a drab 0-0 draw against mid-table Blackburn at Pride Park and Stoke won the battle of the relegated Premier League clubs with a narrow hard fought 1-0 win against Swansea at the BET365 Stadium.

The Champions League action continues tonight along with a handful of EFL Championship fixtures. In the Champions League England are represented by heavyweights Manchester City and United and City face Lyon at the Etihad and United travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys. Reigning champions Real Madrid face a tough opener against Roma who impressed in the tournament last season and it will be interesting to see Madrid perform post Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s new club Juventus face a tough trip to Valencia for their opening game and it will be interesting to see how Ronaldo fits in to Juventus system and if he can be as influential as he’s been at all his previous clubs.

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