Matchday three of the UEFA Champions League provided fifty-eight goals across the continent as clubs took big steps to ensuring qualification for the last sixteen at the half-way point of the Group Stage. Three sides are on a 100% record, with Chelsea, Benfica, and Juventus all involved in thrilling matches this week.
Chelsea held off a comeback from Anderlecht to hold on to a 3-2 win against the Belgian champions, while Benfica snatched the points from the Bernabeu with a Radja Nainggolan strike before the break. Juventus were losing come the hour mark in Turin before two goals in a minute turned it round, before a pair of late strikes to seal Gabriel Torje’s hat-trick stunned Barcelona.
Diego Rubio hit a hat-trick as Sporting Clube de Portugal saw off Shamrock Rovers, who at least did manage to score their first goal in the groups before losing Stuart Campbell to a second booking.
Elsewhere, there were big wins for Lyon, Twente, Arsenal, and Valencia ahead of the next set of fixtures in a fortnight, which are the reverse of this week’s matches.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE: MATCHDAY 3/6 A Chelsea 3-2 RSC Anderlecht A Rapid Vienna 0-5 Olympique Lyonnais B Bayern Munich 1-1 Fenerbahce B Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb C FSV Mainz 1-0 Metalist Kharkhiv C Real Madrid 0-1 Benfica D AC Milan 3-0 Celtic D Villarreal 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur E Arsenal 5-0 BSC Young Boys E FC Twente 4-0 Olympiakos F Manchester United 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain F Sporting Lisbon 7-1 Shamrock Rovers G Legia Warsaw 1-3 Borussia Dortmund G Standard Liege 0-4 Valencia H Juventus 5-2 Barcelona H Rubin Kazan 2-0 AS Monaco