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The Champions League season
is only one match day old, but it
will be tough for anyone to better
Alessandro Florenzi s eye-pop-
ping strike that gave Roma a 1-
1 draw with defending champion
Florenzi launched an audacious
60-yard (meter) lob from near the
sideline and watched it sail over
Barcelona goalkeeper Andre-Marc
ter Stegen to cancel out Luis
Suarez s opening goal.
"It will be something to remem-
ber," Florenzi said. "It s not some-
thing that happens often."
Bayer Leverkusen hammered
BATE Borisov 4-1 in the night s
other Group E match.
Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 loss at
Dinamo Zagreb in a match it fin-
ished with 10 men, while its Group
F rival Bayern Munich needed sec-
ond-half goals to beat hosts
Chelsea was a 4-0 winner over
Maccabi Tel Aviv and took the early
lead in Group C after Porto drew
2-2 at Dynamo Kiev.
Zenit St Petersburg went to the
top in Group H after winning 3-
2 at Valencia and nine-man AA
Ghent s 1-1 draw with Lyon.
Here is a closer look at each
After Suarez headed in Ivan
Rakitic s pass in the 21st, Florenzi s
memorable equaliser in a 1-1 draw
came just after the half-hour mark.
Two strides after dribbling past
the halfway line on the right flank,
Florenzi saw Ter Stegen far out of
his goal and let loose a shot from
more than 60 meters (yards) over
Barcelona draws at Roma in Champions League
the German s head that went in off the
In Germany, Javier "Chicharito" Her-
nandez scored his first goal for Lev-
erkusen as it comfortably beat BATE
Admir Mehmedi opened the scoring
with the outside of his boot in the
fourth, nine minutes before Serbian
defender Nemanja Milunovic drew the
visitors level with a deflected header.
Hakan Calhanoglu restored Lev-
erkusen s lead with another deflected
goal two minutes after the break, and
Hernandez struck in the 59th.
Calhanoglu rounded off the scoring
with a penalty in the 76th.
Chelsea set aside its troubles in the
Premier League with an easy 4-0 win
Willian gave Chelsea the lead in the
15th, his free kick from the left looping
past his teammates in the penalty area
and beyond the reach of goalkeeper
Oscar doubled the advantage on the
stroke of halftime from the penalty
spot after Diego Costa was fouled.
Substitute Costa then settled the
match in the 58th minute, brilliantly
turning in a cross from Cesc Fabregas
off the underside of the crossbar before
Fabregas added the fourth from close
range on 78 minutes.
In Ukraine, Oleh Gusev put Kiev
ahead after 13 minutes but a double
from Vincent Aboubakar gave Porto
the lead --- only for Vitali Buylaksy to
equalise in the 89th for a 2-2 draw.
While London rival Chelsea got a
much-needed win, Arsenal made a dis-
mal start to its European campaign
with a 2-1 defeat in Zagreb.
A goal by Josip Pivaric in the 24th
and a sending-off for Arsenal striker
Olivier Giroud after a second yellow
card in the 40th swung the game
Dinamo s way.
Chilean forward Junior Fernandes
headed Dinamo s second goal from a
corner in the 58th.
Though substitute Theo Walcott
pulled a goal back for Arsenal in the
79th, it was too little too late for Arsene
Wenger s side.
In Greece, Thomas Mueller scored
twice and substitute Mario Goetze
added another for Bayern as
Olympiakos fell apart late in a 3-0 win
for the visitors that was marred by
scuffles in the stands before kickoff.
Mueller spotted goalkeeper Roberto
off his line and expertly lobbed the ball
home in the 52nd.
Goetze added the second a minute
from time with a diagonal shot past
Roberto before Muller struck again from
close range in injury time.
In brief clashes before game, riot
police used batons to confront a small
group of Bayern fans.
Hulk scored twice before Axel Witsel
got the winner as Zenit beat Valencia
3-2 in a thriller.
Hulk drove in his first goal on the
run in the ninth, and bettered that with
a ferocious drive from outside the area
to stun Mestalla Stadium three minutes
Valencia responded after the restart
and Joao Cancelo was helped by Yuri
Lodygin s poor goalkeeping to pull one
back in the 54th before substitute Andre
Gomes briefly equalised at 2-2 in the
But three minutes later Witsel scored
from long distance to restore the Russ-
ian s advantage for good.
AA Ghent came back from behind
with a goal from Danijel Milicevic and
survived being down to nine men in
the closing stages to earn a 1-1 draw
After midfielder Brecht Dejaegere
was sent off for a high tackle in the
41st, the Belgian champion still got the
equaliser in the 68th. Thomas Foket
was then sent off for a foul in the area
three minutes from time, but goalkeeper
Matz Sels saved the penalty from Lyon
star Alexandre Lacazette.
Lyon looked set for an easy victory
when Christophe Jallet dipped in at the
near post to head home a corner from
veteran Mathieu Valbuena in the 58th
when it was already a man up.
.....Bayern, Chelsea win openers
Chelsea players hug teammate Diego Costa, centre left, after he scored his team's third goal during the
Champions League group G football match against Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge stadium in London,
yesterday. Chelsea won 4-0. AP PHOTO
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