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UCL: Chelsea draw Roma in 6-goal thriller as United, Barca, Bayern, PSG, Juve win



Premier League champions, Chelsea, were held to a thrilling draw of three goals apiece by Serie A giants, AS Roma in matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Sleek goals by David Luiz and Eden Hazard put the Blues 2-0 up before Aleksandar Kolarov drew one back for Roma before half time.

After the break, Edin Dzeko then netted twice in six minutes to put the visitors ahead 3-2 before Hazard scored with a 75th-minute header to rescue Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the competition.

In the other game of the group, minnows Qarabag earned their first point in the Champions League after holding Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw at home earlier on Wednesday.

The 10-man Azerbaijani champions, who drew their first game at Roma before losing 2-1 at home to Chelsea, held on to force the Spanish giants to remain winless in the competition so far.

Chelsea stay top of Group C on 7 points, followed by Roma on 5 before Atletico and Qarabag on 2 and 1 respectively.

In Lisbon, Portugal, Marcus Rashford’s long-range 64th-minute free-kick was the only goal of the game as Manchester United edged past 10-man Benfica.

The Jose Mourinho side top Group A after winning all three games, while Basel beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 in the other group game played in Moscow.

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In Group B, Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich and French giants, Paris St-Germain netted a combined seven goals and conceded none against Celtic and Anderlecht respectively.

While Scottish champions, Celtic endured a night to forget in Europe as they were swept aside 3-0 away by Bayern, Belgian League holders, Anderlecht were thrashed 4-0 at home by PSG.

The four forwards of the French side, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria were all on target.

PSG top the group on 9 points, followed by Bayern on 6. Celtic are third on 3 points, having defeated Anderlecht, who are without a point, in their last game.

In Spain, an own goal by Nikos Nikolaou put Barcelona ahead on 18 minutes before they went down by one man as Gerard Piqué was shown red three minutes before half time.

But second half goals by Lionel Messi, who netted his 100th European goal as a result, and Lucas Digne secured a 3-1 victory for the home side over Olympiacos, whose goal was also scored by Nikolaou.

In the other Group D game in Italy, Serie A champions, Juventus edged Sporting 2-1 to keep them second on the group.

Barca stay top having won all three games so far, and Sporting are third with 3 points ahead of Olympiacos with no point.


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