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UCL round-up: Bayern dismiss Barca, Lukaku powers Chelsea to victory, Juve win

BAYERN Munich were in ruthless mood last night in their first UEFA Champions League game this season, posting a commanding performance to thrash Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou in their Group E clash.

Thomas Muller scored a deflected goal in the 34th minute to put Bayern in front before Robert Lewandowski’s tapped in two goals from rebounds to wrap up the points.

The Poland striker has now scored 22 goals in his last 17 appearances in the Champions League.

Also in Group E, in Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv and Benfica played out a 0-0 draw.

Visitors Benfica had most of the possession and the better chances but Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Denys Boyko foiled attempts from Roman Yaremchuk, Alejandro Grimaldo and Rafa Silva to score.

It was the first time Benfica would fail to score in 10 Champions League group games.

In Group F, Villarreal and Atalanta shared the points in a thrilling 2-2 draw in Spain.

Visitors Atalanta started well and went ahead through Remo Freuler, before Manu Trigueros equalised for the hosts.
ASubstitute Arnaut Danjuma, the Netherlands international with Nigerian heritage, then put Villarreal in front, but Robin Gosens restored parity and the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Francis Coquelin was sent off.

Still, Villarreal almost won it at the end, but Gerard Moreno could not convert from point-blank range.

Europa League holders Villarreal have now won only one of their last 14 UEFA Champions League matches.

Both Villarreal and Atalanta are joint-second in the group behind Young Boys following the Swiss side’s stunning 2-1 home win over Manchester United in the early kick-off.

In Group G, French champions Lille were held to a 0-0 draw by visitors Wolfsburg, with Burak Yilmaz and Jonathan Yilmaz coming close for the hosts.

Wolfsburg had John Brooks sent off in the 63rd minute but held on for a point.

Lille have now not won a Champions League group fixture since November 2012.

All the teams in the group have one point each, with Sevilla and Red Bull Salzburg drawing 1-1 in the early kick-off.

In Group H, £97.5m summer signing Romelu Lukaku opened his Champions League account for Chelsea as the holders defeated Zenit St Petersburg 1-0.

The Belgium striker made it three goals in two home matches since returning to Chelsea with a firm header from César Azpilicueta’s cross in the second half.

Lukaku (three goals) is now the leading scorer in Chelsea matches at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.

Also in Group H, Juventus eased to a 3-0 win away to Sweden’s Malmo.

Paulo Dybala converted a penalty and Alvaro Morata scored as Juventus struck twice in two minutes before half-time.

Alex Sandro had put the visitors ahead after 23 minutes with a close range header.

Malmo, who had Super Eagles midfielder Innocent Bonke in their line-up, failed to win for the first time in five home matches in European competition this season.

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