While Real Madrid and Man United delivered, Pep Guardiola's Man City slipped to a shock defeat and Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off on his European debut with Juventus on a dramatic night in the Champions League.
A pair of unenviable themes continued for PSG and Tottenham, while Liverpool and Inter Milan enjoyed late wins, Lionel Messi's hat trick sparked Barcelona and a pair of young Americans factored into results on the opening day of the Champions League.
The Champions League group stage has become somewhat of a formality for the powers across Europe, but this season's draw yielded some intriguing matchups and a treacherous path for some of the favorites.
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.