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Chelsea were rocked by injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner as the holders got their Champions League campaign back on track with a 4-0 win against Malmo on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Barcelona legend Gerard Pique kept their hopes alive and Bayern Munich and Juventus maintained their perfect records.

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Lukaku was scythed down in a nasty tackle.
Lukaku was scythed down in a nasty tackle.Source: Getty Images

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BLUES’ BIG WIN TARNISHED BY INJURIES

Thomas Tuchel’s side brushed aside the Swedish minnows at Stamford Bridge thanks to Jorginho’s penalty brace and goals from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz.

But Chelsea’s second Group H victory, after losing to Juventus in their previous match, was significantly tarnished by the injuries to Belgium striker Lukaku and Germany forward Werner.

Both had to come off in the first half and Chelsea boss Tuchel will be waiting nervously for an update on their condition.

It would be a major blow if the pair are sidelined for a long period in the midst of a hectic schedule as Chelsea try to retain their position at the top of the Premier League, while pushing to qualify for the Champions League last 16.

Tuchel admitted this week that Lukaku has suffered from mental and physical fatigue amid a draining schedule for club and country.

The Belgium striker has now gone seven Chelsea games without a goal after starting with four in four following his £98 million ($135 million) club record move from Inter Milan.

Frustratingly for Lukaku, he had looked closer to his best and it was his powerful surge that won the penalty converted by Jorginho, in the process causing his injury.

While Werner has endured another difficult season, his injury will leave Havertz as Tuchel’s only experienced option for the central striker’s role.

The decision to allow Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea since the end of last season might now prove costly for Chelsea.

The second-placed Blues remain three points behind group leaders Juventus with three games to play.

Timo Werner also went down injured.Source: Getty Images

BARCA LEGEND STRIKES

Gerard Pique sparked Barcelona’s flailing Champions League campaign into life on Wednesday by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kiev, a victory that was witnessed by a half-empty Camp Nou.

The attendance was recorded at 45,968, with several blocks of seating filled by only a handful of supporters for a game coach Ronald Koeman said the team had to win to have any chance of reaching the last 16.

After losing both of their opening games in Group E 3-0 to Bayern Munich and Benfica, Barcelona needed victory to resuscitate their chances of progress and avoid the embarrassment of going out in the group stage for the first time since 2000.

Pique at least ensured the job was done in that regard, his close-range finish towards the end of a dreary first half enough to get Barca up and running, with a crucial game away in Kiev now to come in two weeks’ time.

It was his 16th goal in the competition, moving him level with Real Madrid’s Roberto Carlos as the most ever by a defender, one ahead of Sergio Ramos and Iván Helguera.

Before Barca’s next Champions League game, they face Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season on Sunday, when another win would make it a hugely positive week for Koeman, whose future looked bleak when the team lost to Atletico Madrid before the international break.

Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique made history.Source: AFP

PERFECT BAYERN CRUISE

Leroy Sane struck twice in the second half to inspire Bayern Munich to a 4-0 win at Benfica on Wednesday, as the German giants maintained their perfect record in the Champions League group stage this season.

Bayern have now won three games in three without conceding a goal and have one foot in the next round with a five-point lead at the top of Group E.

The six-time European Cup winners were twice denied the lead by VAR in a hard-fought first hour, before Sane finally broke Benfica’s defences with a fizzing dead-ball strike 20 minutes from time.

The German international added another goal and an assist in the closing stages as the hosts collapsed and Bayern cruised to yet another comfortable Champions League win this season.

Bayern were without a handful of key names, including Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies and head coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was absent with what the club described as a “flu-like infection”.

Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Leroy Sane (C) celebrates his brace.Source: AFP

JUVENTUS WIN DOUR AFFAIR

Dejan Kulusevski struck with the decisive late goal to give Juventus a 1-0 win at Zenit Saint Petersburg on Wednesday which puts them within touching distance of the Champions League last 16.

Sweden attacker Kulusevski headed home Mattia De Sciglio’s cross with four minutes remaining of a largely dull contest to maintain Juve’s 100 per cent record in Group H.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side have a perfect nine points from their first three matches and can secure a place in the knockout stage when they host Zenit early next month.

Russian champions Zenit sit third in the group on three points, three behind second-placed Chelsea, after the second defeat of their Champions League campaign.

Juventus’ players celebrate after the UEFA Champions League football match between Zenit St. Petersburg and Juventus in Saint Petersburg on October 20, 2021. (Photo by Olga MALTSEVA / AFP)Source: AFP

VILLAREAL END DROUGHT

Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno scored as Villarreal defeated Young Boys 4-1 in Switzerland on Wednesday to record their first Champions League group stage victory in 13 years.

Pino celebrated his 19th birthday by heading Villarreal ahead on six minutes at the Wankdorf Stadium and Gerard Moreno nodded in a second from a free-kick on the quarter-hour for Unai Emery’s team.

Young Boys midfielder Michel Aebischer smacked the post from 20 yards, while Alfonso Pedraza rattled the crossbar for Villarreal early in the second half.

Meschack Elia clawed a goal back for Young Boys but late strikes from Alberto Moreno and Samuel Chukwueze sealed Villarreal’s first win in the competition since they reached the 2008/09 quarter-finals.

After picking up just one point from their opening two matches in Group F, Villarreal rose from last place to second behind Manchester United, who beat Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Young Boys began the competition with a shock home win over 10-man United, but David Wagner’s side fell to the bottom of the group following a second straight loss.

Villareal claimed a big win.Source: Getty Images

EUROPA LEAGUE: DAKA SCORES FOUR FOR FOXES

Patson Daka scored four goals as Leicester revived their Europa League campaign by fighting back from two goals down to beat Spartak Moscow 4-3 in the Russian capital on Wednesday.

Zambia striker Daka, a close-season signing from Salzburg, became only the fifth player to score four goals in a Europa League game since the competition was rebranded from the UEFA Cup, and the first since Willian Jose for Real Sociedad in 2017.

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester moved up to second place in Group C behind leaders Legia Warsaw, a point above third-placed Spartak.

“It’s been an amazing few days for me and the team,” Daka told BT Sport. “It was a very good effort from the team. I’m just happy I was able to help the team.” Goals from Aleksandr Sobolev and Jordan Larsson put Spartak in control, but Daka netted his first European goal for the visitors just before half-time.

Less than three minutes after the break, Kelechi Iheanacho claimed his second assist, crossing low for Daka to tap in from close range.

Leicester, and Daka, made it three goals in the space of nine minutes when the 23-year-old slid the ball under home goalkeeper Aleksandr Maksimenko.

He completed his four-goal haul with 12 minutes remaining by picking out the corner of the net after collecting James Maddison’s pass.

That goal made Daka, who also netted in Leicester’s 4-2 win over Manchester United on Saturday, the Foxes’ all-time joint-top scorer in Europe.

Sobolev gave Spartak hope in the 86th minute, but Leicester held on.

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