Man United, Arsenal win

Paris, October 22:

European teams provided an exhibition of goalscoring prowess as Manchester United, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Arsenal topped their groups on Tuesday following a night of 36-goal, Champions League action.

Arsenal and Lyon scored five and Villarreal got six, including a Joseba Llorente hat-trick, for an impressive haul of 36 goals in eight matches. A Dimitar Berbatov double, and another goal from Wayne Rooney, set up Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over a tentative Celtic in Group E.

Arsenal’s 5-3 win at Istanbul club Fenerbahce put the London club top of Group G, Villarreal’s 6-3 win over Bruce Rioch’s Aalborg meant they joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United at the top of Group E and Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over Fiorentina left them as the pacesetters in Group F.

Lyon are second in Group F following their 5-3 win at Steaua Bucharest. The nine-time winners Real Madrid lost their 100 per cent record and top spot in Group H however with a 2-1 defeat at Italian giants Juventus.

For United, Wayne Rooney’s ninth goal in seven matches for club and country, following Berbatov’s double, completed what was an almost embarrassingly comfortable victory for the defending champions.