Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern and Arsenal keep on winning


Berlin : English Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid maintained their 100 per cent records in the Champions League as they won their third match of three.

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In Munich Tuesday, Romanian visitors CFR Cluj scored four of the five goals, but two of them into their own net as the home side won 3-2, while Real Madrid laid the foundation for their 2-0 victory against AC Milan in the first half with two goals.

Arsenal proved much too strong at home against Shakhtar Donetsk, running out 5-1 winners, while Chelsea won 2-0 in the early game at Spartak Moscow.

In Munich, 64,000 spectators saw Portuguese defender Cadu stun the home side with an opening goal in the 28th minute, but just four minutes later he turned from hero to villain as he turned a Toni Kroos shot into his own goal.

Bayern took the lead in the 37th minute when a Bayern corner hit Cristian Panin on the knee and bounced into the goal.

Mario Gomez put Bayern two goals up in the 77th minute when Cadu tried to clear the ball, but his shot hit Gomez and the ball bounced over the line.

Juan Culio found the net for his side with four minutes to go, but it was too late for the visitors to come back.

As the other Group E match saw Basel score an upset 3-1 victory at AS Roma, Bayern are well placed to advance to the knock-out stage. They lead the table with nine points, while the three other teams are on three points.

Real Madrid scored twice through Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Oezil within the space of a minute early on in their Group G game against AC Milan and then allowed the Serie A visitors virtually no chance.

The La Liga team is on nine points, while Milan have four. Ajax Amsterdam, who beat Auxerre 2-1, although they played most of the second half with ten men after Andre Ooijer was sent off, are also on four points.

Auxerre had Dennis Oliech sent off in the 85th minute for a second bookable offence.

The biggest win of the night belonged to Arsenal, who trounced Donetsk 5-1 in London in their Group H game.

The Premier League side was ruthless in the taking of their chances as they scored five times from their first six shots at goal with Alexandre Song and Sami Nasri scoring twice before the break.

Cesc Fabregas converted a penalty after the break and Jack Wilshire and Marouane Chamakh added one-a-piece to give the home side a comfortable five-goal lead.

Former Arsenal player Eduardo, who left the club after failing to come back into the side following a horrific injury that saw him break his leg in two places, scored a late consolation goal for the Ukrainian visitors that saw him cheered by the home fans.

Sporting Braga secured their first-ever Champions League points as they beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0 in Portugal in the other group game.

In the early game, Chelsea moved to the top of Group F with a 2-0 victory at Spartak Moscow.

Both goals were scored in the first half with Russian international Juri Zhirkov and Nicolas Anelka finding the goals that took Chelsea very close to the knock-out stage of the lucrative competition.

The Premier League side, who were behind their opponents at the start of the match-day on goal difference, dominated play and fully deserved their two-goal advantage at half-time.

In the 24th minute Zhirkov, who used to play for Spartak’s city rivals CSKA, made the most of a poor headed clearance from Nicolas Pareja and his left-footed shot from 20 metres gave the Russian goalkeeper Andriy Dykan no chance.

Two minutes from the break Chelsea made the most of their dominance as Michael Essien saw Anelka, who was running into space. The French striker sold his marker a dummy and found the back of the net with a well-placed shot.

Olympique Marseille moved onto three points in the group with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Slovakian visitors Zilina.