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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WRAP: Chelsea hit 6, Bayern and Shakhtar 7 in free-scoring European night

Matchday 3 of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League kicked off with a bang with no less than 40 goals scored in the eight matches.

In the earlier fixture, CSKA Moscow came from two goals down to hold Manchester City to a 2-2 draw in another stuttering European performance from the English champions.

Sergio Aguero and James Milner had City in a strong position at half-time but second-half goals from Seydou Doumbia and Bibras Natcho gave the Russians a share of the points in front of an empty stadium.

In the other Group E clash, German giants Bayern Munich stunned AS Roma by putting seven past them in a 7-1 demolition job in Italy.

Arjen Robben scored a double while five other Bayern players got in on the act as the Bundesliga title-holders again asserted their dominance on European football.

Group G saw a goal-fest with Chelsea hammering NK Maribor 6-0 thanks to an Eden Hazard brace while Schalke edged ten-man Sporting Lisbon 4-3 in a thriller in Gelsenkirchen.

Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus with Luiz Adriano scoring a remarkable five times as FC Porto got the better of Athletic Bilbao 2-1.

And in Group F, Barcelona defeated Ajax 3-1 at the Camp Nou while Paris Saint-Germain required a late winner from Edinson Cavani to beat APOEL Nicosia 1-0.

Wednesday night's fixtures included Real Madrid's trip to Liverpool, Anderlecht hosting Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund away at Galatasaray and Olympiakos at home against Juventus.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League - Matchday 3

Group E

CSKA Moscow (RUS): 2 (Seydou Doumbia 64', Bibras Natcho (p) 86') Manchester City: 2 (Sergio Aguero 29', James Milner 36') Khimki Arena, Moscow, Russia - 300

AS Roma (ITA): 1 (Gervinho 66') Bayern Munich (GER): 7 (Arjen Robben 9'/30', Mario Gotze 23', Robert Lewandowski 25', Thomas Muller (p) 36', Franck Ribery 78', Xherdan Shaqiri 80') Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - 65,000

Group F

APOEL Nicosia (CYP): 0 Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): 1 (Edinson Cavani 87') GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus - 20,000

Barcelona (SPN): 3 (Neymar 7', Lionel Messi 24', Sandro Ramirez 90+4') Ajax (NED): 1 (Anwar El Ghazi 88') Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - 79,357

Group G

Schalke (GER): 4 (Chinedu Obasi 34', Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 51', Benedikt Howedes 60', Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (p) 90+3') Sporting Lisbon (POR): 3 (Nani 16', Adrien Silva (p) 64'/78', red card: Mauricio 33') Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany - 49,943

Chelsea (ENG): 6 (Loic Remy 13', Didier Drogba (p) 23', John Terry 31', Mitja Viler (og) 54', Eden Hazard (p) 77'/90') NK Maribor (SVN): 0 Stamford Bridge, London, England - 41,126

Group H

BATE Borisov (BLR): 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR): 7 (Alex Teixeira 11', Luiz Adriano (p) 28'/36'/40'/44'/(p) 82', Douglas Costa 35') Borisov Arena, Borisov, Belarus - 20,000

FC Porto (POR): 2 (Hector Miguel Herrera 45', Ricardo Quaresma 75') Athletic Bilbao (SPN): 1 (Fernandez 58') Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - 45,000

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