Bayern rip apart AS Roma

Bayern rip apart AS Roma

 Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma 7-1 on Tuesday but they were not the biggest winners on the most prolific evening in Champions League history


A record 40 goals were scored in just eight group games as Shakhtar Donetsk destroyed BATE Borisov 7-0 in Belarus and Chelsea recorded their biggest win in the competition, thumping Maribor 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.

There were also wins for Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke and Porto while Manchester City drew 2-2 away to CSKA Moscow, but it was Bayern who stole the show.

Pep Guardiola's side underlined their status as one of the contenders to win the Champions League as they took apart a Roma outfit who had enjoyed a fine start to the campaign. An Arjen Robben brace, Mario Goetze, Robert Lewandowski and a Thomas Mueller penalty made it 5-0 at the break in the Group E game.

Gervinho got one back for Roma in the second half before substitutes Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri added further goals in a performance reminiscent of Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup semifinal in July, a game in which five of Bayern's line-up against Roma featured.

However, Bayern's performance was outdone by Shakhtar, as the Ukrainians romped to a remarkable victory away to BATE in Group H.

Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano became only the second player to score five goals in a Champions League game after Lionel Messi, with his tally including four goals in the space of 16 first-half minutes.

His compatriots Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa were also on target as Shakhtar ended BATE's unbeaten home record stretching back over a year in emphatic fashion.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea crushed Slovenian champions Maribor 6-0 in Group G, with Loic Remy, a Didier Drogba penalty and John Terry putting them three up at the break.

Eden Hazard took centre stage in the second half, forcing Mitja Viler into scoring an own goal before netting a penalty and getting his second of the night at the death, while Agim Ibraimi missed a penalty for the visitors.

Yet that match was not the most prolific in the group, as Schalke stayed within two points of Chelsea by beating Sporting -- who played for almost an hour with just 10 men -- 4-3 in Gelsenkirchen.

Chinedu Obasi, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Benedikt Hoewedes scored to have Schalke in control after Nani had put Sporting ahead, but an Adrien Silva brace made it 3-3 and it looked as if the Portuguese side would return home with a draw.

However, substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting converted a stoppage-time penalty to hand new Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo a second win from as many games in charge.

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