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Published: 21:51 | 18/10/17

Champions League Round-Up: Chelsea in six-goal thriller


Chelsea fight back to draw 3-3 in a Champions League Group C thriller against Roma at Stamford Bridge.

Eden Hazard claimed a double but it was not enough for the English champions as a second-half double from Roma's Edin Dzeko gave the Serie A side a deserved draw.

Chelsea might have been struggling in the Premier League after two straight defeats but they had won their two opening Champions League fixtures and appeared on their way to a third in just 11 minutes when David Luiz curled a delightful effort from just outside the box into the top corner after his initial effort was blocked.

The visitors then enjoyed some concerted pressure but they were hit by a sucker punch when Alvaro Morata broke up an attack and after Hazard ran half the length of the pitch, the Belgium midfielder was well placed to poke home after Morata's deflected effort looped into his path.

Former Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov reduced the arrears after going past Cesar Azpilicueta too easily before drilling a powerful effort high past Thibaut Courtois into the far corner.

Roma had ended the opening half on top and continued to carry the momentum after the break. It was no surprise when they got back on level terms with Federico Fazio picking out another former Manchester City player Dzeko in the box and the Bosnian striker let the ball float over his shoulder before volleying into the net.

It went from bad to worse for Antonio Conte's side shortly later when Dzeko lost his marker in the box to head a Kolarov free-kick past a static Courtois.

Back came the Premier League champions and this time it was Hazard popping up to grab his second of the night slotting home after a clever Pedro chip.

Dzeko had never scored against Chelsea in his Manchester City days but almost gave Roma the spoils with a sensational hat-trick however his near post header went narrowly wide.

Elsewhere in the group, Qarabag and Atletico Madrid played out a goalless draw in Baku.

The Azerbaijan side earned their first point in the Champions League but they had to endure a nervy final 16 minutes after Dino Ndlovu was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for simulation in the Atletico box.

The home side were almost denied a hard-fought point when Atletico sub Fernando Torres saw his header go narrowly wide in the dying moments.

Chelsea continue to top the group with seven points, two ahead of Roma, with Atletico trailing with two points and Qarabag on a single point.

Manchester United continue their unblemished record in Group A after grinding out a 1-0 victory against Benfica at the Estadio da Luz.

Jose Mourinho's side gave a lacklusrre first half performance with a Marcus Rashford header from eight yards their best effort.

United, who stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 13 games, lacked a spark, but they were workmanlike and rarely looked under any real threat.

The visitors were better after the break but their goal came with an element of fortune.

At 18 years and 52 days, Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper in Champions League history but it was to prove a bitter-sweet night for the Belgian.

Svilar got his positioning wrong and when Marcus Rashford whipped in a 40-yard free-kick he carried the ball over the line.
Benfica were unable to raise their intensity to test the English side and their fate was sealed when defender Luisao was sent off for two yellow cards.

In the other game in Group A, Basel claimed their first victory in the Champions League in ten away games when they beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 at the VEB Arena.

Taulant Xhaka set the tone for the Siwss side with a brilliant solo effort on the half hour and then Mario Fernandes sealed the win when he headed home from close range.

Manchester United head the group with three wins out of three, Basel are second on six points, with CSKA Moscow on three and Benfica yet to get off the mark.

Celtic were handed a football lesson by German champions Bayern Munich falling to a 3-0 defeat at the Allianz Arena.

Jupp Heynckes, back for a fourth time in charge at Bayern, was in the dug out for the first time in the Champions League since leading the Bundesliga champions to the trophy in 2013.

Celtic were thankful for the referee's whistle in just three minutes when Robert Lewandowski was adjudged to have run the ball out of play before his cut back was poked into the net by Thiago.

The referee came to Celtic's rescue again moments later when Mikael Lustig appeared to tug Lewandowski's shirt in the box but play was waved on

The Scottish champions were leading a charmed life but it ran out for them in 17 minutes when they gave Lewandowski too much space to power a header that Celtic keeper Craig Gordon saved but Thomas Muller was first to react to prod home.

Celtic were chasing shadows and fell further behind just before the half-hour mark when Joshua Kimmich looped a header over Gordon after being picked out at the back post by David Alaba.

The home side passed up a hatful of chances to make the scoreline more comfortable but they did grab a third after the break when Mats Hummels nodded home.

In the other game in Group B, Paris Saint-Germain continued their free-scoring ways with a 4-0 victory at Anderlecht.

Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani all netted, with the latter doing it for the seventh European game in a row. Substitute Angel Di Maria added a fourth late on.

Paris Saint-Germain head the group on nine points, three ahead of Bayern. Celtic are third courtesy of their win at Anderlecht on Matchday 2.

Lionel Messi scored his 100th European goal as ten-man Barcelona beat Olympiakos 3-1 in Group D at the Camp Nou.

Olympiakos defender Dimitris Nikolaou put the ball in his own net before Gerard Pique was sent off for a second yellow card after he deliberately diverted the ball into the Olympiakos net with his hand.

Despite their numerical advantage, the Greek champions couldn't live with Barca and Lionel Messi added a second before Lucas Digne got a third.

Nikolaou made up for his own goal by scoring at the right end, but it was a mere consolation.

In the other game, Mario Mandzukic scored a late winner as Juventus came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium.

Miralen Pjanic had earler got Juve back on level terms after defender Alex Sandro put through his own goal.

Juventus remain three points behind Group D leader Barcelona, but moved three points ahead of Sporting, who are third.

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