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Trabzonspor Upsets Inter Milan in Opening Champions League Game

Trabzonspor defeated three-time champion Inter Milan 1-0 in its debut in soccer’s Champions League group stage.

Ondrej Celustka scored with Trabzonspor’s only shot on target to give the Turkish team the away win in Group B. Trabzonspor got a place after Fenerbahce was banned from Europe’s elite club competition by the Turkish federation.

“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to finish, and with only one shot on goal they scored,” Inter captain Javier Zanetti told his team’s website. “The only thing to do is put our heads down and work.”

Former champions Bayern Munich and Real Madrid both won away matches last night, while Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City rallied for draws.

At the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, Celustka scored in the 76th minute. The defender fired a shot past Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar after Halil Altintop’s shot rang off the crossbar and into his path.

Trabzonspor gained a place in the group stage after losing to Benfica in qualifying when the Turkish soccer federation last month withdrew champion Fenerbahce, which is involved in a police investigation into alleged match fixing.

Toni Kroos and Rafinha got the goals as Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Villarreal in Group A, while Manchester City drew 1-1 at home with Napoli in a matchup of teams making their debuts in the group stage.

‘Good Performance’

“We did a fine job,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said on UEFA’s website. “My players knew before the match that we needed a good performance and that’s what they delivered.”

Aleksandar Kolarov scored with a free kick in the 74th minute to earn City the tie. It came five minutes after Edinson Cavani gave Napoli the lead with a shot past Joe Hart.

“The first game is always difficult,” City manager Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports. “We wanted to win, but the Champions League is hard. For us it was important to play well.”

Angel Di Maria scored in the 53rd minute to give record nine-time winner Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb in Group D. Real finished with 10 men after defender Marcelo received his second yellow card in the 73rd minute. Ajax and Lyon drew 0-0 in the group’s other match.

Giggs Scores

Ryan Giggs’s goal three minutes before halftime gave Manchester United, runner-up last season to Barcelona, a 1-1 draw at Benfica in Group C. The 37-year-old cut toward the middle from the right side and fired a left-footed shot from about 20 yards (18 meters) past goalkeeper Artur.

Oscar Cardozo scored for Benfica in the 24th minute. United didn’t allow a goal in six Champions League away matches last season en route to the final.

Fabian Frei put Basel ahead with a 39th-minute goal and Alexander Frei’s penalty kick with six minutes remaining gave the home team a 2-1 win over Otelul Galati in the other Group C match.

Basel’s Benjamin Huggel picked up his second yellow card in the 87th minute, five minutes after Adrian Salageanu was red-carded for the Romanian team.

Seydou Doumbia’s second goal of the game in the final minute earned CSKA Moscow a 2-2 tie at Lille in Group B. Moussa Sow and Benoit Pedretti scored for the French side.

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