Paris St Germain’s feared attacking trio all got on the scoresheet as the French side completed a comfortable 4-0 away victory over Anderlecht in their Champions League Group B clash yesterday.
Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all netted, while Angel di Maria added a fourth with a late strike, in a win that maintains the Ligue 1 side’s 100 percent record in the group stage with three wins from three.
They head the standings with nine points from second-placed Bayern Munich, who have six. Celtic are in third with a single victory to their name, while Anderlecht are still searching for their first points.
PSG should have won by a greater margin as they spurned a number of chances and will be confident of victory when the teams meet again in their next fixture in the group in Paris on October 31.
Heynckes makes winning European return
Bayern Munich eased past Celtic 3-0 to hand coach Jupp Heynckes a winning return to the competition he won with them in 2013.
First-half goals from Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich put them in the driving seat and Mats Hummels grabbed a third in the 51st minute to round off a dominant performance in which the 72-year-old Heynckes became the oldest coach in the competition’s history.
Celtic were no match for the aggressive Bavarians, who were out to get their European campaign back on track after their 3-0 loss to Paris St Germain last month that prompted the sacking of coach Carlo Ancelotti and the return of treble-winning Heynckes.
Freak Rashford goal wins it for United
Manchester United ground out a 1-0 win at Benfica in Group A after forward Marcus Rashford scored a bizarre goal which embarrassed the home team’s 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar.
The result left United top of the section with a maximum nine points from three games, three ahead of second-placed Swiss side Basel who won 2-0 at CSKA Moscow.
Rashford drove an innocuous-looking long range free kick from the left touchline straight at the youngster, who caught the ball but back-pedalled with it beyond the goalline with his arms outstretched.
Benfica were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when defender Luisao was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.
Chelsea, Roma share spoils
Chelsea and Roma served up a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge as both clubs stayed firmly on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Edin Dzeko scored twice for Roma as the Italians stormed back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, only for Eden Hazard to salvage a point for Group C leaders Chelsea.
David Luiz’s curler put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute and Hazard doubled the home side’s advantage in the 35th.
Aleksandar Kolarov fired Roma back into contention before the interval and Dzeko’s double in the space of six minutes, the first a scorching volley, looked to have earned Roma only their second win in 16 attempts on English soil.
Hazard’s equaliser kept Chelsea top with seven points from three games with Roma on five — three ahead of Atletico Madrid.
Benfica (POR) 0 Manchester United (ENG) 1 (Rashford 65)
CSKA Moscow (RUS) 0 Basel (SUI) 2 (Xhaka 29, Oberlin 90)
At Munich, Germany
Bayern Munich (GER) 3 (Mueller 17, Kimmich 29, Hummels 51) Celtic (SCO) 0
Anderlecht (BEL) 0 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) 4 (Mbappe 3, Cavani 44, Neymar 66, Di Maria 88)
Qarabag (AZE) 0 Atletico Madrid (ESP) 0
Chelsea (ENG) 3 (Luiz 11, Hazard 37, 75) Roma (ITA) 3 (Kolarov 40, Dzeko 64, 70)
At Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona (ESP) 3 (Nikolaou 18-og, Messi 61, Digne 64) Olympiakos (GRE) 1 (Nikolaou 90)
At Turin, Italy
Juventus (ITA) 2 (Pjanic 29, Mandzukic 84) Sporting Lisbon (POR) 1 (Alex Sandro 12-og)
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