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Champions League round-up: Three-goal burst lifts Manchester City past Viktoria Plzen

Holders Bayern Munich off to a winning start, Ronaldo bags a hat-trick for Real Madrid and Shakhtar triumph on the road.

Pilzen's Marek Bakos, right, and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic vie for the ball during their Uefa Champions League Group D football match on Tuesday night. Michal Cizek / AFP
Pilzen's Marek Bakos, right, and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic vie for the ball during their Uefa Champions League Group D football match on Tuesday night. Michal Cizek / AFP

Manuel Pellegrini has already done what his predecessor, Roberto Mancini, failed to do last season – win in the Champions League. Manchester City failed to win any of their group games, but saw off Czech side Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night thanks to a second-half burst of three goals in 10 minutes. City should have scored in the first half, with Sergio Aguero hitting the post twice. But three minutes after the break, the Argentine forward set up Dzeko for a simple finish. Yaya Toure sent a wonderful shot into the top corner from 25 yards on 53 minutes, then Aguero decided matters 58 minutes in with a swivel and shot from the edge of the box.

Bayern Munich 3 CSKA Moscow 0

The holders had a comfortable start in their bid to become the first team to retain the Uefa Champions League title. A dipping free kick four minutes in from David Alaba, the Austrian left-back, set them on their way. Five minutes before the break, Mario Mandzukic headed home a second from Arjen Robben’s cross. Robben, who scored the winner in last season’s final against Borussia Dortmund, got in on the act when Franck Ribery played him through to score a third on 68 minutes.

Galatasaray 1 Real Madrid 6

Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid manager, left world-record signing Gareth Bale on the bench, but Madrid did not need him. They took the lead on 33 minutes when Isco latched on to a long ball and fired past Fernando Muslera. Then Madrid ran riot in the second half. Karim Benzema scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick as it turned into a romp for the Spaniards. Umut Bulut got a late consolation for the Turks.

Copenhagen 1 Juventus 1

Copenhagen, the outsiders of Group B, took a shock lead against the Italian champions when Nicolai Jorgensen managed to shed Giorgio Chiellini’s marking to side-foot home a free kick on 14 minutes. Juve toiled in the first half, but were back level nine minutes after the break when Fabio Quagliarella’s powerful left-footed shot was too hot for goalkeeper Johan Wiland. However, Juve will consider this dropped points.

Olympiakos 1 PSG 4

The French champions made an impressive start to their campaign, Edinson Cavani gave PSG the lead after 19 minutes, but Vladimir Weiss, the former Manchester City winger, cut in from the right, nutmegged a defender and slotted home a cracker six minutes later to equalise. Thiago Motta, the Italy midfielder, won the game for PSG when he was badly marked, twice, at corners on 68 and 73 minutes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a late penalty, before Marquinhos, the Brazilian defender, scored a fourth.

Real Sociedad 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2

Real Sociedad’s first Champions League match for 10 years ended in defeat when Alex Teixeira, the Brazilian midfielder, scored two second-half goals.

Benfica 2 Anderlecht 0

A strike after just four minutes from Filip Duricic, the Serbian midfielder, sent Benfica on their way to a comfortable victory over their Belgian opponents. Captain Luisao added a second on the half-hour for last season’s Europa League runners-up.

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