Real Madrid meets APOEL for the opening day of the Champions League group stage. The teams met for the first and only time in the 2011/12 quarter-finals, with Madrid posting a comfortable victory. In 21 previous participations in the Champions League, Madrid have never failed to progress to the last 16. The Spanish team have a perfect record against Cypriot clubs, winning all six previous contests and scoring 34 goals while conceding only three. Madrid have not lost at home in the Champions League group stage since a 3-2 reverse against Milan on 21 October 2009. Their home group record since then is 20-2-0. The Cypriot club are in the group stage for a fourth time. APOEL have won through from the second qualifying round to reach this group stage, beating Dudelange (2-0 on aggregate) and Viitorul. In the play-offs they overcame Slavia Praha.