Champions League Review: Matchday Three

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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

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