Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich both won 5-0 to maintain their perfect starts in soccer’s Champions League, while Real Madrid kept its 100 percent record by beating Juventus 2-1.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four goals as PSG routed Anderlecht in Brussels last night for its third straight victory, while Franck Ribery scored twice in defending champion Bayern’s home win over Viktoria Plzen.
“We delivered a good performance but Plzen didn’t really make it all that difficult for us,” Bayern’s Arjen Robben said on the website of tournament organizer UEFA. “We know that we will still face tougher games in the future.”
Real Madrid also has the maximum nine points after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice against 10-man Juventus to move to a competition-leading seven goals.
Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray and Manchester City also won as the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition reached the halfway point. The top two teams in each pool advance to the round of 16.
Ibrahimovic scored three goals over 19 first-half minutes in Belgium to put PSG 3-0 up. After Edinson Cavani scored early in the second half, Ibrahimovic became the ninth player with four goals in a Champions League match in the 62nd minute.
“I feel good,” Ibrahimovic said on UEFA’s website. “This year, we are stronger, we have stronger players. We could win the competition, but remember that the further you go, the harder it is.”
The victory gives PSG a five-point lead in Group C over Benfica and Olympiacos, who drew 1-1 in Portugal.
David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze also scored in Bayern Munich’s home rout of Viktoria Plzen. The German champion has scored 11 goals and allowed just one in three games.
Manchester City beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 in Russia to move into second place in Group D, three points behind Bayern.
Zoran Tosic gave CSKA the lead in the 32nd minute and Sergio Aguero tied the score two minutes later. Aguero then put City in front just before halftime with his eighth goal in the past six matches. City goalkeeper Joe Hart preserved the victory in second-half stoppage time by saving Keisuke Honda’s close-range shot with his leg.
In Spain, Ronaldo continued his scoring run as Real Madrid overcame Juventus in Group B. The Portuguese forward opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Fernando Llorente drew Juventus even.
Ronaldo put Real back in front with a 29th-minute penalty kick after Giorgio Chiellini took down Sergio Ramos as the two battled for a free kick. It was Ronaldo’s 57th goal in the competition, third-most behind Raul Gonzalez’s 71 and Lionel Messi’s 63.
Juventus went down to 10 men three minutes into the second half when Chiellini was shown a red card for a foul on Ronaldo, though Real couldn’t add to its lead.
Manchester United stayed atop Group A by beating Real Sociedad 1-0 at Old Trafford. The score came in the second minute after Wayne Rooney hit the post and Inigo Martinez knocked the rebound into the net for an own goal.
“We played some great football and should have won the game by more,” Rooney told Sky Sports. “We created a lot of chances. On another day we’d have won more comfortably.”
Bayer Leverkusen is a point behind United after routing Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 in Germany as Stefan Kiessling scored twice.
The next round of Champions League matches will be played Nov. 5 and 6.
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