Champions League Round-up Week One

By | September 14, 2017
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Bayern Munich cruised to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Anderlecht to keep the pressure on PSG in Group B.

PSG, who defeated Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow, are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season following their summer extravagant spending, but Bayern will surely try their best to ensure they do not win the group.

Anderlecht’s Sven Kums was sent off after conceding an 11th-minute penalty which Robert Lewandowski converted to give Bayern the lead.

Second-half goals from Thiago and Joshua Kimmich completed a quite comfortable victory.

Atletico Madrid secured another impressive clean sheet on the road in Europe as they held Roma to a goalless draw in Italy.

It means they are six goals off the pace in Group C following Chelsea’s 6-0 spanking of Qarabag, but have enough time to pull it back in the race to qualify in top spot.

In Group A, CSKA Moscow were 2-1 victors over Benfica in Portugal to put them level on points with Manchester United.

Haris Seferovic put the hosts ahead but Vitinho’s spot-kick drew CSKA level before substitute Timur Zhamaletdinov netted a 71st-minute winner.

Sporting Lisbon held off a late fightback to beat Olympiacos 3-2 in Greece.

First-half goals from Seydou Doumbia, Gelson Martins and Bruno Fernandes put Sporting in control and Felipe Pardo’s brace right at the end was not enough to save Olympiacos.

Sporting trail Barcelona, who won 3-0 against Juventus, in Group D after the first matchday.

LAST YEAR’S semi-finalists Monaco were held to a 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig as they struggled without their former stars.

Without the likes of last season’s sensations Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, the French champions struggled for creativity in the final third.

They found themselves 1-0 down on 33 minutes when Emil Forsberg broke the offside trap before slamming the ball past Diego Benaglio.

But just a minute later they were level through Youri Tielemans’ first goal for the club.

The keeper failed to deal with a loose ball in the box and the midfielder reacted quickest to poke the ball home.

In the other game in Group D Besiktas stunned Porto with an impressive 3-1 victory in Portugal.

Talisca headed the visitors in front on 13 minutes before Dusko Tosic scored an own goal to bring the two teams level.

Cenk Tosun then scored a screamer from distance on 28 minutes before former Liverpool man Ryan Babel countered to hand Besiktas all three points.

In Manchester City’s group Shakhtar Donetsk pulled off an impressive 2-1 victory over underdogs Napoli.

The Ukrainians went ahead through Taison before Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra doubled their advantage.

Arkadiusz Milik gave the visitors a glimmer of hope from the spot but Shakhtar stood firm despite late Napoli pressure to move joint top of the group.

Slovenian side Maribor scored late to manage a 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow but the game was marred by crowd violence both inside and out of the ground.

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