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Messi leads way as Chelsea, Paris open in style

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Inserted: 09:29, Wednesday 13 September 2017 || Updated: 09:34, Wednesday 13 September 2017

Messi leads way as Chelsea, Paris open in style - Sport
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Lionel Messi and Neymar may no longer be team-mates but both wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet as Barcelona, Paris, Bayern, Manchester United and Chelsea were among the opening winners, reports

Group A

Manchester United 3-0 Basel

Marouane Fellaini scored his second goal of the season for Manchester United. BBC

Basel had their chances early on and Paul Pogba went off injured but his replacement Maroune Fellaini headed in an Ashley Young cross and Romelu Lukaku continued his rich vein of form for his new club to turn home a Daley Blind ball. Another substitute, Marcus Rashford, got the third.

Benfica 1-2 CSKA Moskva

CSKA secured their first group away win since November 2014 as they recovered from falling behind to a 50th-minute Haris Seferović goal. Vitinho equalised from the penalty spot and substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov won it with 19 minutes left.

Group B

Bayern München 3-0 Anderlecht

Boateng gives his verdict. Getty Image

Bayern never looked back after Sven Kums was sent off in the 11th minute for a foul on Robert Lewandowski, who swiftly converted the resulting penalty. Thiago Alcántara doubled Bayern’s advantage in the second half and Joshua Kimmich added a late third.




Celtic 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain

Neymar and Kylian Mbappé both struck for their new club

All of Paris's front three helped themselves to first-half goals in Glasgow, where Neymar and Kylian Mbappé both struck for their new club before Edinson Cavani converted a 40th-minute penalty. Mikael Lustig netted a late own goal and Cavani's flicked diving header made it five.



Group C

Chelsea 6-0 Qarabağ

Qarabağ have equalled the biggest defeat in a UEFA Champions League debut match.

Chelsea never looked back after Pedro Rodríguez’s fifth-minute opener as Qarabağ suffered a heavy defeat on a night when they became the first Azerbaijani club to play in the group stage.

Roma 0-0 Atlético Madrid

The visitors had most of the possession but Allison Becker in the Roma goal ensured the points were shared.


Group D

Barcelona 3-0 Juventus

Messi scored twice as Barcelona made a strong start to their campaign with a 3-0 win against last season's runners-up Juventus.

Lionel Messi moved on to 99 UEFA club competition goals either side of an Ivan Rakitić effort as Barcelona exacted a little bit of revenge for their quarter-final elimination by Juventus last season.

Olympiacos 2-3 Sporting CP

Sporting will welcome Barcelona in high spirits in a fortnight after a fine win in Greece. Seydou Doumbia, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes put the visitors three up at half-time and they protected the points despite substitute Felipe Pardo pulling one back in the 89th minute and scoring again in added time.



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