—- Life at Barcelona has gone from bad to worse in the Champions League.
After the summer shock departure of Leo Messi, the Catalans crashed 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich at Nou Camp in Group E.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the first half before Robert Lewandowski ensured victory just before the hour when be turned home on the rebound after Jamal Musiala had hit the post. Lewandowski added a third late on in almost identical fashion, this time from Serge Gnabry’s initial effort.
Barcelona failed to land even one shot on target.
Dynamo Kiev were held goalless at home by Benfica in the other Group E tie.
In Group H Romelu Lukaku’s header brought holders Chelsea a 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg.
The Belgium striker scored bagged his third goal in two games and his fourth for Chelsea since his £98m switch from Inter Milan.
The 28-year-old converted captain Cesar Azpilicueta’s far-post cross by rising above three Zenit defenders.
However until then Chelsea had laboured against a resolute and regimented Zenit, for much of the match running the risk of limping to a dispiriting draw.
Juventus won 3-0 away to Malmo in Sweden in the other Group H tie.
Group F action saw Switzerland’s Young Boysn recover in Bern from conceding an early goal to Cristiano Ronaldo to defeat Manchester United 2-1.
United made the perfect start as Ronaldo, who equalled the Champions League appearance record by playing in his 177th game, made it three goals in two matches since returning to the club for a second spell, putting the Red Devils ahead inside 15 minutes.
But the game was turned on its head just after the half-hour when Aaron Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card for a dangerous tackle, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men holding on.
Moumi Ngamaleu equalised with 24 minutes left on the clock, and United looked as though they’d leave Switzerland with a point until substitute Jesse Lingard’s awful backpass gifted Jordan Siebatcheu a last-kick winner.
Villarreal and Atalanta drew 2-2 in the other game.