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PSG roll over Anderlecht 4-0

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe (centre) scores his side’s first goal past Anderlecht goalkeeper Matz Sels (left) and Kara Mbodji during a Champions League Group B at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday.
Bayern’s Mats Hummels (right) celebrates his goal with teammate Arjen Robben during a Group B Champions League at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany yesterday.
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BRUSSELS (AP):

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) needed less than three minutes to stamp their authority on the Champions League match against Anderlecht and coasted to a 4-0 victory over the Belgian champions yesterday.

Kylian Mbappe scored on a balmy night with a drive from a tight angle early on before setting up Edinson Cavani for a tap-in header in the 44th minute.

And after half time, the world's most expensive player, Neymar, also had his moment sending a low free kick under the soaring defenders and past goalkeeper Matz Sels in the 66th. Angel Di Maria closed out the scoring in the 88th.

It left PSG with 12 goals for and none against and three victories atop Group B with nine points. Bayern Munich have six points, Celtic three and Anderlecht none.

Bayern Munich returned to the Champions League with a familiar face in charge and comfortably defeated Celtic 3-0.

assured performance

Jupp Heynckes, who retired after guiding Bayern to the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013, has the German powerhouse running smoothly again after taking over from Carlo Ancelotti, fired after the side's 3-0 defeat at PSG.

Bayern, who routed Freiburg 5-0 in Heynckes' first game back at the weekend in the Bundesliga, again produced an assured performance despite a lively start from Celtic. The visiting fans celebrated their side's early corner like it was a goal.

Thiago Alcantara thought he'd scored early on, but it was ruled out as the ball was deemed to have gone out of play before Robert Lewandowski pulled it back.

Bayern were threatening a goal and it came in the 17th minute when Thomas Mueller fired in the rebound after Craig Gordon saved Lewandowski's header.

Kinsley Coman, given his chance due to Franck Ribery's injury, produced a long cross for Joshua Kimmich to meet with an even better header inside the far corner from around the penalty spot around 10 minutes later for 2-0.

Mats Hummels wrapped it up with a header to Arjen Robben's corner five minutes after the break as Bayern kept a firm grip on the game.

In Barcelona, Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home to Olympiakos.

Messi hit the century mark in 122 European matches when he curled a free kick over the wall in the 61st minute. Goalkeeper Silvio Proto got a hand on the ball but couldn't keep it out as Messi took his career tally in the Champions League to 97 goals. After Barcelona had gone ahead thanks to an own-goal by Dimitris Nikolaou in the 18th, the hosts were left a man down three minutes before half time. Gerard Pique got a second booking for using his arm to steer the ball into the net. The strike was disallowed. However, Barcelona continued to outclass the Greek visitors despite playing with 10 men.

Other results: Qarabag 0, Atl. Madrid 0; Barcelona 3, Olympiakos 1; Benfica 0, Manchester United 1; Chelsea 3, AS Roma 3; CSKA Moscow 0, Basel 2; Juventus 2, Sporting 1.