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Five-star Arsenal gun down Shakhtar

Arsenal produced another Champions League demolition job at their Emirates fortress by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 to virtually assure their progress to the knockout rounds.

sports Updated: Oct 21, 2010 00:47 IST

Arsenal produced another Champions League demolition job at their Emirates fortress on Tuesday by thrashing Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 to virtually assure their progress to the knockout rounds.

The Londoners were at it again against joint group leaders Shakhtar after easing into a 2-0 halftime lead with goals by Alex Song and Samir Nasri.

Cesc Fabregas, back from a month-long injury lay-off, put the game beyond the Ukraine champions with a 60th minute penalty before young England midfielder Jack Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh increased the visitors misery.

Eduardo completed a perfect night for the home fans when the former Arsenal favourite pulled a late goal back for the visitors as Arsenal moved to a maximum nine points with Shakhtar in second place on six.

Lucky win for Bayern

Munich: Injury-plagued Bayern Munich had luck on their side when, helped by two own goals, they overcame CFR Cluj 3-2 on Tuesday to cement their place at the top of Champions League Group E.

With injured captain Mark van Bommel, Ivica Olic, Miroslav Klose, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery watching from the stands, the hosts got an unexpected equaliser on 32 minutes when Cadu deflected a Toni Kroos effort into his own goal.

Worse was to follow for the Romanians as five minutes later defender Cristian Panin chested in a Bayern corner kick for their second own goal.

Bayern striker Mario Gomez notched his fourth goal in two games, after scoring a hat-trick at the weekend, to make it 3-1 in the 77th minute.

Culio cut the deficit with four minutes remaining, beating keeper Hans-Joerg Butt with a well-struck shot but Cluj failed to grab what would have been a deserved equaliser despite some desperate last-gasp attacks.

Ajax sink Auxerre

Ajax Amsterdam secured a 2-1 win over Auxerre thanks to first-half goals from Demy de Zeeuw and Luis Suarez in a Champions League Group G match that ended with both teams reduced to 10 men.

Ajax, who are level on four points with AC Milan in second place behind Real Madrid on nine, made an excellent start when de Zeeuw scored after seven minutes with a fierce drive and Suarez doubled the lead four minutes before the break.

Auxerre got back into the match 10 minutes into the second half when Valter Birsa curled a freekick into the net after Ajax's Andre Ooijer was sent off for a last-man foul on Dennis Oliech.

Marseille edge Zilina

French champions Marseille beat Slovakian side MSK Zilina 1-0 here on Tuesday to record their first win and pick up their first points in the Champions League this season.

Souleymane Diawara's 48th-minute header was enough to keep alive Marseille's hopes of reaching the knockout stage for the first time since they won the competition with present coach Didier Deschamps as captain in 1993.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was forced into his first real save of the night in the 63rd minute, as Zilina captain Robert Jez's fierce strike had the France international diving at full stretch to turn his shot away for a corner.

Braga earn first win

Braga, Portugal: Goals from Brazilian strikers Lima and Matheus gave Braga their first Champions League group stage points with a 2-0 win over Partizan Belgrade that leaves the Serbs at the bottom of Group H.

Lima opened the scoring after 35 minutes from a 30 m. freekick and got a second in the 90th, when Matheus scored with a simple tap-in after a counter-attack.

First Published: Oct 21, 2010 00:40 IST