There were wins for Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
Two goals from Romelu Lukaku helped United win 4-1 at CSKA Moscow, while a late Michy Batshuayi strike saw Chelsea come from behind to beat Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Elsewhere, PSG were too strong for Bayern Munich, a Sporting CP own goal gave Barcelona victory, and Juventus, AS Roma, FC Basel and Celtic all picked up three points.
Here are the results from Wednesday's matches:
- FK Qarabag 1-2 AS Roma
- FC Basel 5-0 Benfica
- CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester United
- Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Bayern Munich
- Anderlecht 0-3 Celtic
- Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea
- Juventus 2-0 Olympiakos
- Sporting CP 0-1 Barcelona
Here's what the results mean for the standings:
- Manchester United 6 pts
- FC Basel 3 pts
- CSKA Moscow 3 pts
- Benfica 0 pts
- Paris Saint-Germain 6 pts
- Bayern Munich 3 pts
- Celtic 3 pts
- Anderlecht 0 pts
- Chelsea 6 pts
- AS Roma 4 pts
- Atletico Madrid 1 pt
- FK Qarabag 0 pts
- Barcelona 6 pts
- Sporting CP 3 pts
- Juventus 3 pts
- Olympiakos 0 pts
A full look at the standings is available per the tournament's official website.
Manchester United coasted to victory in Russia, beating CSKA Moscow 4-1, with Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial the stars for Jose Mourinho's side.
Football writer Liam Canning highlighted exactly how influential the duo had been for the Red Devils:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
27 minutes gone and Romelu Lukaku has scored twice, while Anthony Martial has registered two assists and scored one. Easy as you like.2017-9-27 19:13:28
The result leaves United top of the group with two wins from two games, having made a perfect start on their return to the competition.
The other game in Group A saw FC Basel thrash Benfica 5-0. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after the hour mark, when Andre Almeida was sent off, and now lie bottom of the group, yet to pick up a point.
Paris-Saint Germain also have six points from two games after an impressive 3-0 win over Bayern Munich thanks to goals from Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
Neymar set up Alves brilliantly with a strong run and pass, as PSG opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock.
Cavani's first-time shot made it 2-0 before Neymar sealed the win. Tthe former Barcelona player is clearly the man for the big European occasion, as highlighted by Squawka:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Neymar has now been directly involved in 40 goals in 42 Champions League games in his career. 23 goals ⚽️ 17 assists 🅰️ Huge involvement. https://t.co/DtabvE18Jo2017-9-27 20:09:36
The win was an impressive result for PSG, who will be gunning for glory in this competition after spending heavily in the summer to bring in Alves, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The defeat is also likely to increase scrutiny on Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has not enjoyed a good start to his second season in Germany; the champions are third in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund and TSG Hoffenheim.
Elsewhere in Group B, Celtic picked up their first win of the competition, beating Anderlecht 3-0 with Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair all on target.
It was a rare group-stage win for the Scottish champions, particularly away from home, as noted by BT Sport:
BT Sport Football @btsportfootball
Celtic have won in a European group stage for the first time in 17 matches 🙌 And their first Champions League away game in five years 👏 https://t.co/bDwmepcR7m2017-9-27 20:39:35
The victory saw Celtic move level on points with Bayern but more crucially clear of Anderlecht with third place in the group offering a spot in the Europa League.
Group C saw Chelsea mount a fine comeback to beat Atletico Madrid, who had gone ahead through an Antoine Griezmann penalty.
Alvaro Morata equalised for the visitors before Batshuayi slotted home from close range in injury time. The striker's ability to make an impact off the bench is shown by Opta:
4 - In 2017, no player has scored more sub goals for a PL club in all competitions than Michy Batshuayi (4, level with Giroud). Winner. https://t.co/uH4qlFwZ7k2017-9-27 20:46:26
It was a superb win for Chelsea at the home of elite opponents who possess an excellent record in the Champions League, having been runners-up in 2014 and 2016.
The defeat leaves Atletico third in the group as Roma moved into second place after a 2-1 win over FK Qarabag, with Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko on target for the visitors.
In Group D, Barcelona's perfect start to the season continues, but they needed an own goal from Sebastian Coates to beat Sporting in Lisbon.
It's not Barca's first own goal of the season either, as noted by Squawka:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Only Lionel Messi (12) has scored more goals for Barcelona this season than opposition players. The 4th own goal in their favour. https://t.co/KqpCyRl4832017-9-27 19:57:02
The win was not Barcelona's best performance of the season, but under Ernesto Valverde, they seem able to grind out results when needed.
Meanwhile, Juventus picked up their first win of the competition as they beat Olympiakos 2-0 in Turin.
Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to open the scoring before Mario Mandzukic completed the victory with 10 minutes to go.
The win kickstarts the campaign for last season's beaten finalists, who lost at Barcelona in their opening fixture, and sets them up nicely to face Sporting next, with both sides on three points.