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Champions League: Real and Bayern off to flying start

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Ronaldo battered the Ajax goal but could not score

Champions League heavyweights Real Madrid, AC Milan and Bayern Munich secured victories in their first round of group matches.

BBC Sport rounds up the action on the second night of the first round of group games, with 22 goals gracing Europe's premier club competition - including a stunner from Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller.

GROUP E

Bayern Munich left it late against a resilient Roma side - but their 2-0 victory was achieved in style.

One of Germany's heroes of the World Cup, Mueller, scored what was arguably the goal of the round, when he curled in the opener with the outside of his foot.

Club and country team-mate Miroslav Klose added the second moments later.

And it was a good night for Romanian side Cluj, who recorded a 2-1 victory over competition regulars FC Basel.

Ionut Rada and Lacina Traore gave the home team a 2-0 lead inside the first 12 minutes before Valentin Stocker pulled one back for the Swiss club, on the stroke of half-time.

GROUP F

In the other Group F game, Spartak Moscow secured a 1-0 win at Marseille.

The goal came in the last 10 minutes and off the unfortunate Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta, who inadvertently diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

In the other group game, Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory away to Zilina.

France international Nicolas Anelka scored twice during the romp in Slovakia.

Tomas Oravec grabbed a consolation for the minnows.

GROUP G

Seven-time champions AC Milan had Zlatan Ibrahimovic to thank for their 2-0 win over French side Auxerre at the San Siro.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Ibrahimovic was the star for AC Milan

The striker, on loan from Barcelona, converted Kevin-Prince Boateng's flick-on for the first before scoring his second from Ronaldinho's pass.

In the night's other game in the 'Group of Death', Real Madrid created 35 chances but only scored twice against Ajax for their 2-0 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo tested the Ajax goal on many occasions but it was an own goal from Vurnon Anita and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, with a tap-in, who scored for Jose Mourinho's side.

Spain's US Open champion Rafael Nadal was presented to the Bernabeu crowd before the match.

GROUP H

Shakhtar Donetsk captain Dario Srna's second-half free kick gave the Ukraine champions a 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade.

Shakhtar dominated and got their reward when Srna smashed in from 30 yards.

In the other Group H game, Arsenal sent out a warning to their rivals with a stunning 6-0 win against Portuguese side Braga .

Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela both scored twice as Arsene Wenger's side romped to victory.



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Champions League results

15 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

  • AC Milan2-0Auxerre
    FT
  • Arsenal6-0BragaFT
  • Bayern Munich2-0Roma
    FT
  • CFR Cluj-Napoca2-1Basle
    FT
  • Marseille0-1Spartak Moscow
    FT
  • MSK Zilina1-4ChelseaFT
  • Real Madrid2-0Ajax
    FT
  • S. Donetsk1-0Partizan Belgrade
    FT

see also
Wednesday football as it happened
15 Sep 10 |  Football
Wednesday's football photos
15 Sep 10 |  Football
Arsenal 6-0 Braga
15 Sep 10 |  Europe
MSK Zilina 1-4 Chelsea
15 Sep 10 |  Europe


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