Red-hot Ronaldo bags a brace in return from suspension

Red-hot Ronaldo bags a brace in return from suspension

Red-hot Ronaldo bags a brace in return from suspension

Harry Kane has scored twice as Tottenham opened their UEFA Champions League campaign by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1, overwhelming last season's quarter-finalists with a formidable attacking display.

It gave Tottenham only their third victory in 13 matches in a decade at Wembley Stadium which is the north London club's temporary home for the season while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.

"I hope it stops the talk about a hoodoo (at Wembley)," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"To build that confidence and trust at Wembley I think is so important ... and the perception in future."

Kane's double after Son Heung-min's opener will give Tottenham hope they can progress this season from one of the toughest Champions League groups. Holders Real Madrid beat Cypriot champion APOEL 3-0 in the other game in Group H.

Happy Harry. Image: Getty

The only setback for Tottenham was finishing with 10 men after Jan Vertonghen was dismissed after a challenge for catching Mario Goetze in the face with a swinging arm. A ban could follow for the centre back.

In Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo made the difference in his return, scoring a double as Real began their quest for a third straight Champions League title by beating Cypriot club APOEL 3-0.

Ronaldo scored in each half in his first match since being suspended for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.

Ronaldo was on fire. Image: Getty

He's still suspended for one more match of his five-game suspension, but is cleared to play in European competitions.

"He always scores and I hope it continues this way," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

"[Ronaldo] is the best in the world, we know he will always score goals.

"With a bit more luck today he could have scored four."

Sergio Ramos scored the third goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where Madrid haven't lost a group-stage game in almost eight years.

"We needed this victory," Zidane said. "It's important to start this competition well. We can't be too happy with how we played in the first half, but we were much better in the second."

In Rotterdam, defender John Stones scored twice and Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus added the others as Manchester City put on a display of swift-passing, attacking football to thrash Feyenoord 4-0.

"They play so easily, find one another so easily, have a lot of movement off the ball," Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst told Dutch broadcaster Veronica. "They are one of the top teams in the world."

Elsewhere, Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sevilla, Besiktas beat Porto 3-1, Shakhtar Donetsk beat Napoli 2-1 and RB Leipzig drew 1-1 with Monaco.


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