Paris: Real Madrid C.F. started the defense of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel on Tuesday, while Liverpool F.C. celebrated its return to Europe's top club competition with a dramatic 2-1 win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets. (Other news: Monaco Upset Leverkusen | Borussia Dortmund beat Arsenal | Juventus defeat Malmo)
Madrid's win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club's domestic season.
Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions' a very comfortable victory in Group B.