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Champions League round-up: Dortmund snatch late victory over Ajax as AC Milan struggles continue

An 87th minute strike from Robert Lewandowski gave the German champions all three points, while big-spending PSG coasted to a 4-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in Paris.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates his late winner against Ajax
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates his late winner against Ajax

Late drama was the order of the day in Group D following Real Madrid's last minute win over Manchester City, as Robert Lewandowski's 87th-minute goal gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 victory over Ajax.

Mats Hummels' missed second half penalty looked like being costly for Jurgen Klopp's side but Lewandowski struck three minutes from time in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 at the Westfalenstadion.

Paris St Germain made a convincing start to their Champions League Group A campaign with a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev at the Parc des Princes.

Carlo Ancelotti's men never looked back after establishing a three-goal lead inside 32 minutes, through Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty, Thiago Silva's close range finish and Alex's right foot blast from Clement Chantome's outswinging corner.

Although Miguel Veloso pulled a goal back four minutes from time, Javier Pastore wrapped up the scoring in injury-time as PSG ended an eight-year absence from European football's top club competition in style.

Porto won the other Group A match 2-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb.

Steven Defour put the seal on the win in injury-time after Luiz Gonzalez put the visitors in front four minutes before the break.

The win keeps Vitor Pereira's side unbeaten in all competitions in a run stretching back to a League Cup defeat at Benfica in March.

Schalke opened with a victory over Olympiakos in a closely-fought game in Greece in the other game in Arsenal's Group B.

Benedikt Howedes headed the German side in front four minutes before half-time and, after Djamel Abdoun equalised, Klaas Jan Huntelaar grabbed what proved to be the winner.

The Holland striker then missed a penalty but his side nevertheless made a winning start.

Malaga began their first ever Champions League campaign in perfect fashion as two stunning goals from Isco guided them to a 3-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg at La Rosaleda.

The game was barely three minutes old when the Spanish Under-21 international bent a wonderful shot in off the inside of the post and the hosts were in dreamland when Javier Saviola slid home a second 10 minutes later.

Zenit then missed a host of opportunities to get back into the game with Roman Shirokov and Alexander Kerzhakov the main culprits and their miserable evening was rounded off when Isco thumped in a third from outside the area with 14 minutes remaining.

The other Group C match saw AC Milan's struggles continue in a 0-0 home draw against Anderlecht.