LONDON – Manchester United gave their fans a 1-0 victory over Galatasaray while defending champions Chelsea hung on for a 2-2 home draw against Juventus in Group G qualifying play in the Uefa Champions League this evening.
In other matches, the Scottish side Celtic played to a scoreless draw with Portuguese powerhouse Benfica; Barcelona barely edged Spartak Moscow 3-2; Bayern Munich as expected defeated Valencia 2-1; CFR Cluj shut out Braga, also by 2-0; BATE Borisov had their way 3-1 over French side Lille, and Shakhtar Donetsk won another 2-0 match, over FC Nordsjaelland.
Chelsea squandered a two-goal lead as they began the defence of their Champions League title with a draw against Juventus at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar handed Roberto Di Matteo’s side a 2-0 advantage with a long-range shot that went in via a deflection followed by a stunning second. Juve hit back just before the break through Arturo Vidal, who fired in a low strike from 18 yards.
Fabio Quagliarella equalised late on when he slid his shot past Petr Cech.
The Italian champions and current Serie A leaders also went close when forward Mirko Vucinic flashed a shot narrowly wide, while midfielder Claudio Marchisio had an effort blocked by keeper Cech.
The Manchester United effort also was underwhelming, although more successful in the points column than Chelsea’s.
United also caught a lucky break when the Turkish side were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty when Nemanja Vidic fouled Umut Bulup.
Michael Carrick put United ahead by rounding off a neat move but Galatasary hit the woodwork twice before Nani saw a weak spot-kick saved by Fernando Muslera.
Selcuk Iman headed against a post but United held on to secure the victory.