Champions League round-up: Bayern smash pointless Lille to go joint top of group
23:39 GMT, 7 November 2012
Bayern Munich brushed aside pointless
Lille 6-1 at the Allianz Arena to open up Group F, with Claudio Pizarro
leading the rout with a first-half hat-trick.
Bastian Schweinsteiger had set Bayern
on their way with a sixth minute opener and further goals were added by
Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos, while Salomon Kalou replied for the French
Valencia joined Bayern on nine points with a 4-2 home win over BATE Borisov.
Too easy: Bayern Munich dismantled Lille, beating the French side 6-1
Two goals from Sofiane Feghouli and
one each for Jonas and Roberto Soldado saw off the Ukrainians, for whom
Renan Bressnan and Dmitri Mozolevski got on the scoresheet.
Juventus kept the destiny of Group E wide open with a comfortable 4-0 win over Norwegian side Nordsjaelland in Turin.
Juve, who now sit a point behind Chelsea and Shakhtar, were never troubled with Claudio Marchisio opening the scoring after six minutes and further goals added by Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Giovinco and Fabio Quagliarella.
Smashing: Juventus brushed aside Nordsjaelland and sit behind Chelsea and Shakhtar by a point
Close: Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz tries to beat FC Cluj's goalkeeper in Romania on Wednesday
Galatasaray's 3-1 win over Cluj in Romania guaranteed Manchester United's progression as winners of Group H.
Burak Yilmaz scored a hat-trick for the visitors with Modou Sougou replying for Cluj, with the two sides now tied in second place on four points.
After Celtic pulled off a momentous win over Barcelona, there was even better news to come for the Bhoys as Benfica beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in Portugal to leave the Scottish champions three points clear in second place.
Oscar Cardozo's second half double was enough to provide Benfica with their first group stage win, while Spartak's slim hopes ended after having Nicolas Pareja sent off in the 76th minute.
Deadly: Oscar Cardozo (left) sealed Benfica's first group win over Spartak Moscow