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18 Sep 2012 22:48:41

Lewandowski wins it late on

There was late drama in the Champions League Group D opener between Borussia Dortmund and Ajax where Robert Lewandowski's 87th-minute goal gave the home side a 1-0 victory.

Mats Hummels' missed second-half penalty looked like being costly for Jurgen Klopp's side but Lewandowski struck three minutes from time in front of a crowd of more than 80,000 at the Westfalenstadion.

Paris St Germain made a convincing start to their Champions League Group A campaign with a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev at the Parc des Princes.

Carlo Ancelotti's men never looked back after establishing a three-goal lead inside 32 minutes, through Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty, Thiago Silva's close range finish and Alex's right foot blast from Clement Chantome's outswinging corner.

Although Miguel Veloso pulled a goal back four minutes from time, Javier Pastore wrapped up the scoring in injury-time as PSG ended an eight-year absence from European football's top club competition in style.

Porto won the other Group A match 2-0 away to Dinamo Zagreb. Steven Defour put the seal on the win in injury-time after Luiz Gonzalez put the visitors in front four minutes before the break.

In Group B, Schalke opened with victory in a closely-fought game in Greece. Benedikt Howedes headed the German side in front four minutes before half-time and, after Djamel Abdoun equalised, Klaas Jan Huntelaar grabbed what proved to be the winner. The Holland striker then missed a penalty but his side nevertheless made a winning start.

Malaga began their first ever Champions League campaign in perfect fashion as two stunning goals from Isco guided them to a 3-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg at La Rosaleda.

The game was barely three minutes old when the Spanish Under-21 international bent a wonderful shot in off the inside of the post and the hosts were in dreamland when Javier Saviola slid home a second 10 minutes later.

Zenit then missed a host of opportunities to get back into the game with Roman Shirokov and Alexander Kerzhakov the main culprits and their miserable evening was rounded off when Isco thumped in a third from outside the area with 14 minutes remaining, while the other Group C match saw AC Milan's struggles continue in a 0-0 home draw against Anderlecht.


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