London: Jose Mourinho's return to the Champions League with Chelsea started in dismal fashion as FC Basel came from behind to seal a stunning 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Mourinho`s first spell at Chelsea came to an acrimonious end exactly six years ago when he was sacked following a lacklustre 1-1 draw against Rosenborg in the Champions League.

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Milan: Bayern Munich opened the defence of its Champions League title with a comfortable 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid thrashed Galatasaray 6-1.

David Alaba gave Bayern a perfect start in the fourth minute yesterday, with further goals from Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben ensuring a winning start.


Madrid, Sep 15 (AFP) World record signing Gareth Bale scored on his long-awaited Real Madrid debut, but his side were still held 2-2 at Villarreal.

The Welshman, who joined Madrid from Tottenham for a reported record fee of around £80 million ($124 million, 94 million euros) earlier this month, turned home Dani Carvajal's cross five minutes from half-time to send Madrid in level at the break after Cani had given Villarreal a deserved lead Saturday.

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Rio de Janeiro: Argentina rose two places to second in the latest FIFA rankings released.

Alejandro Sabella's side, which secured a place at next year's World Cup with a 5-2 victory over Paraguay Tuesday, overtook Germany and Colombia. Uruguay were the biggest top-10 movers, jumping five places to seventh after victories over Peru and Colombia last week, reports Xinhua.

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New Delhi: Indian football legend I M Vijayan on Thursday said that the game in the country has stagnated in recent years with the national side not showing improvement with a string of reverses at the regional and Asian level.

Former captain Vijayan, who played 79 matches for India between 1989 and 2003, refused to pinpoint the SAFF Championships debacle, but said that the national side has not produced results in recent years.


Kathmandu: India's hopes of a hat-trick of SAFF Cup football titles ended in a 0-2 loss to a dominant Afghanistan in the final at the packed Dasarath Stadium here Wednesday.

For Afghanistan, winning the title was sweet revenge for the 2011 loss to India in the controversial final in Delhi.

This time, Afghanistan were determined to win the title. They took the lead in the eighth minute through Mustafa Azadzoy and doubled it in the 63rd minute through star striker Belal Arezou.


Brasilia: Brazil has easily defeated Australia 6-0 in a football friendly at Estadiu Nacional in a clinical display, Associated Press reported.

Jo bagged a double, both within the first half hour, and Ramires, Pato and Luiz Gustavo also scored to equal Brazil's highest score against Australia from the 1997 Confederations Cup final.

Australia never looked like troubling Brazil, which dominated possession and capitalized on a sleepy defense.


Lisbon: Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the friendly match against Brazil on Tuesday.

"Ronaldo has had a week of intense treatment. He made an enormous sacrifice and now needs to rest," Portugal national team doctor Henrique Jones said Friday, reports Xinhua.


Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian football star Neymar has hit back at claims by Australian striker Archie Thompson that he is "not as good as people say".

Speaking during a press conference ahead of Saturday's clash between Brazil and Australia in an international football friendly at the Mane Garrincha stadium, Neymar said he had never heard of the Melbourne Victory forward, reports Xinhua.


London: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney posted a picture of his head injury on the internet to show fans that the cut is really serious.

The 27-year-old has been questioned after pulling out of England World Cup qualifiers Friday and Tuesday as suffering the cut via the boot of Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones, reports Xinhua.