Big wins in Champions League



utdEuropean heavyweights Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United all made impressive starts to the Champions League.

Lionel Messi scored twice and inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus as the Catalans avenged last season’s quarter-final elimination by the Italian champions.

Juventus, who were missing five key players including defensive warrior Giorgio Chiellini, looked a shadow of the team that reached the Champions League final.

Chelsea were emphatic in group C, the English champions put six past Azerbaijan entrant Qarabag in a display that showed the new boys just how far out of their depth they are.

The London side weren’t the only team to record a rout.

French giants Paris St Germain put five past a poor Celtic side in Glasgow.

A first half incident saw a fan invade the pitch and try to kick PSG striker Kylian Mbappe after the visitors made it 3-0.

Bayern Munich also collected a win in Group B, defeating Anderlecht 3-0 with Robert Lewandowski scoring his first goal for the competition from the penalty spot.

Manchester United celebrated their return to the Champions League by recording a 3-0 win over Swiss club Basel.

Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring on 35 minutes before Romelo Lukaku added a goal just after halftime and Marcus Rashford completed the rout in the 84th minute.

In other matches CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-1, Portuguese club Sporting CP beat Greek champs Olympiacos 3-2 and Roma and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0.

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