UEFA Champions League Round UP

generic purchase geneva;”>Frank Lampard was handed the captain’s armband with John Terry rested and had a hand in Chelsea’s opener, as he and Fernando Torres combined to slice through the Nordsjaelland defence to tee up Mata who showed great composure to open up his body and slot home on 33 minutes.

Chelsea FC celebrates after scoring during their UEFA Champions League group stage match against FC Nordsjælland

Nordsjaelland were not a redundant force as an attacking unit and Mikkel Beckmann headed over from eight yards, while Petr Cech kept his side ahead with a stunning save to keep out a curling drive from Joshua John.

Luiz ended any thoughts of a shock when firing in a superb free kick from 20 yards and a couple of minutes later, Mata capped a fine display by wriggling through and slotting home. Ramires made it four from close range in the final minute.

BATE Borisov claimed one of the biggest scalps in their history after stunning in-formBayern Munich 3-1 at the Dinamo Stadion to open up a three-point lead at the top of Group F.

Thomas Müller (L) of FC Bayern München shows his dejection as FC BATE Borisov players celebrate scoring a goal during their UEFA Champions League group stage match

Goals Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarusian champions in charge and although Bayern pulled one back in stoppage time through Franck Ribery, BATE added a third through Renan Bressan to seal their first ever home win in the competition.

Barcelona kept their perfect start to the season going with a 2-0 win at Benficathanks to goals either side of half-time by Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas.

FC Barcelona celebrate after Cesc Fàbregas (3R) scores a goal against SL Benfica during their UEFA Champions League group stage match

Sanchez was on hand to turn in Lionel Messi’s cross after just six minutes and despite a few scares from an attack-minded Benfica they sealed the three points 10 minutes into the second period when Messi again set up Fabregas to rifle in at Artur Moraes’ near post.

However, the Catalans’ night was soured towards the end when captain Carles Puyol carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a broken arm after he landed awkwardly when attacking a corner, before Sergio Busquets was shown a straight red card two minutes from time.

Georgios Samaras’ last-gasp header gave Celtic a dramatic 3-2 victory over 10-manSpartak Moscow in the Luzhniki Stadium. Neil Lennon’s men recorded a first away win in the group stages of the Champions League for the Parkhead club.

Kris Commons (R) and Gary Hooper of Celtic FC celebrate their goal during their UEFA Champions League group stage match against FC Spartak Moskva

Celtic striker Gary Hooper gave visitors the lead in the 12th minute before Emmanuel Emenike netted twice for the Russian club, once either side of the break. Spartak defender Juan Insaurralde was sent off just after the hour mark for preventing Hooper going clean through on goal.

Celtic levelled in the 72nd minute after a drive from substitute James Forrest, who had replaced Victor Wanyama, deflected in off Spartak captain Dmitri Kombarov and to cap a remarkable night for the visitors Samaras headed in an Emilio Izaguirre cross seconds after the regulation 90 minutes.

Juventus could not deliver a first Champions League victory at their new stadium but the Bianconeri might count themselves lucky to have salvaged a 1-1 draw against a spirited Shakhtar Donetsk.

Leonardo Bonucci (down) of Juventus fights for the ball with Willian of FC Shakhtar Donetsk during their UEFA Champions League group stage match

The Juventus Stadium hosted its first European fixture since opening last summer – despite 10,000 tickets going unsold for tonight’s game – but it took a thunderbolt from defender Leonardo Bonucci to guarantee a share of the spoils after Alex Teixeira had put the Ukrainians ahead on the counter-attack.

Valencia got their campaign up and running as two goals from Jonas were enough to leave Lille ruing a host of missed first-half opportunities in a 2-0 defeat.

Jonas (R) of Valencia CF celebrates his goal with team-mate Roberto Soldado during their UEFA Champions League group stage match against LOSC Lille

Indeed the Brazilian opened the scoring just as the French side seemed most in control of the Group F clash on 38 minutes as he swept home Roberto Soldado’s deflected pass. And the three points were assured for the hosts when Jonas’ 74th-minute cross deceived Lille goalkeeper Mickael Landreau to drift in at the back post.

Braga produced an away smash-and-grab to kick-start their Champions League campaign with a rare 2-0 win at Galatasaray.

Ruben Amorim (R) of SC Braga vies with Nordin Amrabat of Galatasaray A? during their UEFA Champions League group stage match

After Ruben Micael stabbed in a 27th-minute opener Braga soaked up the home pressure and, aided by some poor Gala finishing, sealed victory when skipper Alan netted a second in injury time.


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