Holders Manchester United held by Villarreal in opener

September 18th, 2008 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS  

ArsenalLondon, Sep 18 (DPA) Holders Manchester United made a slow start to the defence of their Champions League title as they were held to a goalless draw at home by Spanish side Villarreal at Old Trafford.In other matches Wednesday, Arsenal needed a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw at Dynamo Kiev, while there were wins for Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Porto.

Manchester’s Cristiano Ronaldo made his first appearance of the season as a substitute, and he almost set up a goal, but team-mate Jonny Evans headed against the post.

Villarreal also hit the post but were grateful for United’s profligacy for snatching a point.

William Gallas scored a late equaliser as Arsenal pinched a 1-1 draw at Dynamo Kiev, while Alessandro Del Piero scored the only goal as Juventus edged out Zenit St.Petersburg.

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Sergio Ramos scored as Real Madrid beat BATE Borisov 2-0, while Daniel van Buyten was the scorer as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Steau Bucharest.

Celtic were held to a goalless draw by AAB Aalborg, Porto beat Fenerbahce 3-1, and Lyon came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home with Fiorentina.

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