VALENCIA CF travelled to Turkey for its Group C opener against Turkish Champs BURSASPOR & won 0 -4. Valencia started in spectacular fashion with his "cracker" from TINO COSTA who scored in the 15th min. Watch the VIDEO of the Tino Costa goal, pure magic:
The other Spanish representative FC BARCELONA hosted Greeks PANATHINAIKOS in the Group D opener with a crushing 5-1 victory result to Barça. The Spanish Champions did not take any risks & put on the full team from the start with all its 8 Spanish World Champions along with LEO MESSI who was the "man of the match". The result could have been higher had Messi not missed a penalty in the 55th min & Pedro a sitter later on.
The Greeks managed to score first in the 19th min via GOVOU, but that served to wake the "Barça Beast" as the Football Touch Machine went into gear. The damage was all done the following 25 mins with Barça equalizing in the 21st min via MESSI.
Great performance by FC Barcelona who could have scored more, but didn´t due to a certain relaxation in their attitude, which the Greeks would have appreciated.
Tomorrow REAL MADRID plays AJAX OF AMSTERDAM in their Group match qualifier.