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UCL: Chelsea ease past Milan as Madrid, City, Juve win, Benfica hold PSG

Chelsea secured their first win of this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage by comfortably beating AC Milan 3-0 at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reece James netted for the English club as they moved off the bottom of Group E past Milan to second place.

The group is led by dark horses RB Salzburg, who defeated Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 in Austria in the evening kick-off.

Noah Okafor, the Switzerland striker with Nigerian heritage, scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.

The Austrian side have five points, one more than Chelsea and Milan, with Dinamo Zagreb on three points in the very tight group table.

In Group F, champions Real Madrid beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to stay on top.

Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior gave the hosts a 2-0 lead inside the first 30 minutes but Oleksandr Zubkov pulled one back for the Ukrainian side before half-time.

There were no more goals in the second half as Real Madrid made it three wins in three matches. Shakhtar Donetsk are second in the group with four points.

Earlier in the evening, RB Leipzig defeated Celtic 4-1 to bag their first win and move up to third with three points.

Andre Silva netted a brace and Christopher Nkunku was also on the scoresheet for the German side, while Jota scored for the pointless Scots.

In Group G, Manchester City maintained their 100 percent start to the campaign with a ruthless 5-0 thrashing of FC Copenhagen at the Etihad Stadium.

The prolific Erling Haaland scored two goals despite playing for just 45 minutes, with a Davit Khocholava own goal and strikes from Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez completing the rout.

Borussia Dortmund moved up to within three points of City with a 4-1 over Sevilla in Spain.

Raphael Guerreiro, Jude Bellingham, Julian Brandt and Karim Adeyemi, the German international with Nigerian blood, scored for the impressive Bundesliga side as they notched up their second win in the group.

Sevilla, whose manager Julen Lopetegui is on the verge of being fired, are in third place with just one point, the same as bottom team FC Copenhagen.

In Group H, Lionel Messi scored a spectacular goal to help Paris Saint-Germain earn a 1-1 draw with Benfica in Lisbon.

The Argentina forward’s strike was cancelled out by Danilo Pereira’s own goal as both PSG and Benfica kept their unbeaten status and are first and second in the group with seven points each.

Juventus secured their first three points of the campaign with a 3-1 home win over Maccabi Haifa to give themselves some hope of making it to the knockout rounds.

Angel Di Maria bagged a rare hat-trick of assists, setting up two goals for Adrien Rabiot and one for Dusan Vlahovic, while Dean David scored for the pointless Israelis.

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