| Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on Wednesday |
London: Cristiano Ronaldo’s hot form continued with a double in Real Madrid’s 4-0 rout of FC Copenhagen but he was not the only revered striker among the goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also netting twice as Paris St Germain brushed aside Benfica 3-0, on Wednesday.
Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in Real’s 6-1 rout of Galatasaray in their opening Group B fixture with another two against Copenhagen to take his tally to 55 in the competition and 26 in his last 21 appearances.
Angel Di Maria also struck twice at the Bernabeu and set up Ronaldo’s second to boost manager Carlo Ancelotti after a weekend league defeat at home to city rivals Atletico.
Holders Bayern Munich left Champions League aspirants Manchester City chasing shadows with a 3-1 win to serve notice Pep Guardiola will leave no stone unturned to re-establish their continental dominance.
Brazil forward Taison’s 76th-minute strike earned Shakhtar Donetsk a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United after the visitors had led through Danny Welbeck.
Veteran United midfielder Ryan Giggs set a Champions League record by making his 145th appearance, including qualifiers, to surpass former Spain and Real Madrid striker Raul.
Paris St Germain have taken early control of Group C, their game against Benfica wrapped up by half-time in Paris.
Ibrahimovic tapped home from close range early on for wealthy PSG, defender Marquinhos added a second goal and the Sweden striker headed home a third from Thiago Motta’s corner.
A dramatic finale in Turin saw Galatasaray, with manager Roberto Mancini taking charge for the first time, snatch a 2-2 draw with Juventus thanks to Umut Bulut’s late goal.
Greece forward Kostas Mitroglou grabbed a hat-trick in Olympiakos Piraeus’ 3-0 romp at Anderlecht.
Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored as Bayern left shell-shocked City chasing shadows for much of a one-sided Group D encounter that ended the Premier League team’s five-year unbeaten run at home in Europe.
Slick Bayern set the standard last season under former coach Jupp Heynckes and a dominant display at the Etihad, to make it two wins from two in Group D, left City under no illusions as to the level they must attain to challenge the continent’s elite.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side had “played very badly”.
Wayne Rooney was forced to watch from the stands after picking up a shin injury in training but fellow England striker Welbeck made up for his absence with a poacher’s finish to give United, enduring their worst start to a domestic season for 24 years, an early advantage. (Reuters)