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Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk hit seven in Champions League

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LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk both scored seven goals in their respective Champions League group wins on Tuesday night.

In Group H at the Borisov Arena, Shakhtar hammered BATE Borisov 7-0, while Bayern smashed Roma 7-1 in Group E at Stadio Olimpico.

Arjen Robben scored twice and Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller each added a goal as Bayern Munich took a 5-0 lead into the first half.

Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri then added two more goals in the second half for the visitors, who got a goal back from Gervinho.

Bayern’s crushing victory saw them moving five points clear at the top of Group E with nine points, while despite the heavy defeat, Roma stayed in second place on five points.

Also in the group, English Premier League champions Manchester City let a two-goal lead slipped and had to settled for a 2-2 draw at CSKA Moscow.

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Sergio Aguero and James Milner gave Man City a 2-0 lead at Arena Khimki, but Seydou Doumbia struck shortly after the hour mark and Bibras Natkho grabbed an 86th minute equalizer from the penalty spot to earned a vital point for CSKA.

Shakhtar Donetsk thrashed BATE Borisov with seven unanswered goals, with striker Luiz Adriano becoming just the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game. The only other player to do this is Lionel Messi.

Adriano netted two penalties and scored four of the fives in the first half.

Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa completed the scoring for Shakhtar Donetsk win.

Another big scoring winner on Wednesday night was Premier League leaders Chelsea, who battered Maribor 6-0 in Group G at Stamford Bridge.

Two goals from midfield player Eden Hazard setup the victory for Chelsea, who were without leading striker and top goalscorer Diego Costa.

Forwards Loic Remy and Didier Drogba, captain John Terry and an own goal by Mitja Viler, completed the scoring for Chelsea, which moved to the top of the group with seven points.

The result was the Blues’ biggest ever Champions League win, and manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the overall performance of his team.

“We are playing well, we are confident, we are solid and we’ve found a good balance,” Mourinho said on www.chelseafc.com.

“We now have players who have adapted to play the game we were preparing last year, but we couldn’t manage to do it in a perfect way.”

He added: “Good results and confidence bring the best out of people. They are enjoying themselves.

“Tonight is a good example: with it being 3-0 at half-time there are many occasions when you stop and control the game, you are happy with the points.

“But, they kept playing their game and trying to score, they are in a good moment.”

In Group G, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain both picked up wins to stay in the hunt for the second place.

Lionel Messi, who joins Cristiano Ronaldo on 69 goals in the close battle to top the Champions League’s all-time goalscoring list, Neymar and Sandro Ramirez, grabbed the goals for Barcelona in their 3-1 victory over Ajax at Camp Nou.

Anwar El Ghazi had netted in the 88th minute to pull a goal back for Ajax and made it 2-1, but Ramirez eased all fears with Barcelona’s third goal in the fourth-minute of added time.

Paris Saint-Germain earned a hard fought 1-0 win over APOEL in Cyprus.

Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani bagged the all important lone goal for the visitors, who moved to seven points and top Group G by one point ahead of Barca (6).

Elsewhere, FC Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1, while Schalke picked up an entertaining 4-3 victory over Sporting.

Champion League Results

CSKA Moscow 2 Manchester City 2 at Arena Khimki.
Chelsea 6 Maribor 0 at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona 3 Ajax 1 at Camp Nou.
Roma 1 Bayern Munich 7 at Stadio Olimpico.
Apoel Nicosia 0 PSG 1 at S Pancypria Stadium.
BATE Borisov 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 7 at Borisov Arena.
FC Porto 2 Athletic Bilbao 1 at Estadio do Dragao.
Schalke 4 Sporting 3 at Veltins Arena.

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