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No twist in tale for European bigwigs

sports Updated: Oct 21, 2011 02:32 IST
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Fernando Torres struck twice as Chelsea equalled their biggest Champions League win by brushing aside injury-hit Belgian champions Racing Genk 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Torres shone in a one-sided contest that was effectively all over by the 11th minute after Chelsea had established a 2-0 lead with goals from Raul Meireles and Torres.

The Spanish striker, in the middle of a domestic suspension for his sending-off against Swansea City, added a superb second goal with a header after 27 minutes and he could have scored four times.

Torres might not be back to the lethal goal shark he was at Liverpool, but he played an important role in Chelsea’s biggest home win in the competition which equalled their best ever, 5-0 over Galatasaray in Turkey 12 years ago.

Victory was completed with further goals from Branislav Ivanovic and substitute Salomon Kalou and Genk were lucky to go home conceding only five.

Gunners triumph

Marseille: Substitute Aaron Ramsey struck in stoppage time to secure Arsenal a 1-0 victory at Olympique Marseille in an uninspiring Champions League Group F encounter on Wednesday. Welsh international midfielder Ramsey fired home in the second minute of time added on in a disappointing game at the Stade Velodrome to leave Arsenal well placed to reach the knockout stage.

Arsenal have seven points from three games in Group F, one more than Marseille who conceded for the first time in this season’s competition. Olympiakos have three with Borussia Dortmund on one.

New record for Barca
Barcelona: Barcelona eased past Czech champions Viktoria Plzen with a 2-0 victory in the Champions League. Goals from Andres Iniesta and David Villa helped Barcelona to a club-record 13th match unbeaten at the start of the season. Iniesta scored after 10 minutes when he combined with Lionel Messi before evading his marker and sliding the ball inside the near post. Villa finally sealed the win in the 81st when he fired in after Messi had lost the ball in the box.

Milan keep up chase
Milan: Erratic AC Milan missed a hatful chances and survived several scares before running out 2-0 winners over rank outsiders BATE Borisov in the Champions League on Wednesday.

An opportunist strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a spectacular effort from midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng left Milan with seven points from three games after a wildly unpredictable Group H match. The Italians lie on top with Barcelona.