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Chicharito back firing in the Champions League, Müller with an accidental cracker

German sides Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen picked up victories, while Zenit got the better Valencia.

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THOMAS MUELLER WAS a somewhat fortunate match-winner as Bayern Munich began their Group F campaign with a 3-0 success at Olympiakos in a match that was marred by crowd-trouble before kick-off.

At least one Bayern fan was taken to hospital after Greek police attacked away supporters with batons in response to German taunts directed at the Olympiakos faithful.

Mueller, though, was a lucky goalscorer when his wildly mishit cross from the right looped over goalkeeper Roberto Gago and into the top corner.

Late on Mario Goetze scored a second from a tight angle and Mueller rounded off the scoring in injury time from the penalty spot.

Brazilian Hulk was the star as Zenit St Petersburg not only avoided defeat in Spain for the first time but came away from Valencia with a 3-2 win.

Hulk opened the scoring on nine minutes with a low cross shot before thrashing home a stunning second that was hit with such force from 25 yards, it went straight through Valencia goalkeeper Jaume’s hand.

Valencia pulled level through Joao Cancelo’s deflected strike and substitute Andre Gomes’s shot from a tight angle.

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But Axel Witsel cracked home the winner for the Russians on 76 minutes.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Group E - Bayer 04 Leverkusen v BATE Borisov - BayArena Source: EMPICS Sport

Bayer Leverkusen started their Group E campaign with a fine 4-1 victory over BATE Borisov with Haka Calhanoglu scoring a brace.

Javier Hernandez and Admir Mehmedi also found the net for the Germans while Nemanja Milunovic scored for the Belarussians.

Vincent Aboubakar scored a double for Porto but Vitaliy Buyalsky equalised a minute from time for Dynamo Kiev, who had opened the scoring through Oleg Gusev in a 2-2 draw in Ukraine.

Debutants Gent had goalkeeper Matz Sels to thank for saving a last-gasp Alexandre Lacazette penalty as the Belgians earnt a 1-1 draw at home to Lyon.

Christophe Jallet opened the scoring in the Group H encounter before Danijel Milicevic equalised for Gent, who finished with nine men after the dismissals of Brecht Dejaegere and Thomas Foket.

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