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Champions League round-up: Borussia Dortmund smashed 4-0 by Ajax and Real Madrid go goal-mad in action-packed night

AJAX routed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 and Real Madrid won 5-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on a goal-crazy night in the Champions League.

Manchester City’s 5-1 triumph at Club Brugge set the tone, while Mo Salah struck twice in Liverpool’s 3-2 triumph away to ten-man Atletico Madrid.

Karim Benzema celebrates rounding off Real Madrid’s 5-0 win away to Shakhtar
Scorers Anthony Dos Santos and in-form Sebastien Haller are mobbed during Ajax’s stand-out 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund

And the rest of Europe kept match with the two favourites for the Premier League title, led by Lionel Messi’s matchwinning double in PSG’S 3-2 comeback success at home to RB Leipzig.

England midfielder Jude Bellingham and in-demand Erling Haaland both played the whole game for German giants Dortmund but were powerless to stop a surprise romp for Group C leaders Ajax.

Marco Reus’ early own goal and Daley Blind’s drive made it 2-0.

Antony then curled home and ex-West Ham striker Sebastien Haller headed his SIXTH goal in three Champions League games this term.

Vinicius Junior netted on 51 and 56 minutes, including a superb solo goal, as Real looked sensational in the second half for a crushing victory at Ukrainians Shakhtar.

Only Sergiy Kryvtsov’s own goal separated the sides at the interval.

But Vinicius then hit a brace and teed up Rodrygo for Real’s fourth before Karim Benzema lunged home for the stoppage-time fifth goal.

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Former Manchester City frontman Edin Dzeko, Arturo Vidal and Holland centre-back Stefan de Vrij scored in Inter Milan‘s 3-1 home win over Sheriff Tiraspol.

But Moldovans Sheriff still remain shock leaders of Group D, albeit now level on six points with Real.

Porto stunned AC Milan 1-0 in Portugal, Columbia winger Luis Diaz pouncing midway through the second period.

That left the Italians without a point from their three Group B games – compared to nine for Liverpool and one apiece for Atletico and Porto.

Uruguay forward Sebastian Coates netted the first two as Sporting Lisbon eased home 4-1 at Besiktas for their first points in Group C.

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