Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Chelsea routed Genk 5-0 in soccer’s Champions League as defending champion Barcelona and AC Milan won 2-0 at home to remain tied atop their group. Arsenal was a 1-0 winner in Marseille on an injury-time goal.
Fernando Torres scored twice at Stamford Bridge in London last night as the Blues tied their biggest winning margin in Europe’s top club competition. Bayer Leverkusen defeated Valencia 2-1 and is a point behind Chelsea in Group E through three of six games.
“We knew it was not going to be easy if our mentality was not right, but our mentality was right and we made it look easy,” Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said in a televised interview. “We deserved a result like that because of how we approached the game.”
Raul Meireles opened the scoring for Chelsea before Torres netted his double. Branislav Ivanovic’s header put the home team 4-0 up at half time before Salomon Kalou tapped in the final goal in the 72nd minute.
Sidney Sam scored the winner as Leverkusen came back from a goal down against Valencia, which had gone ahead through Oliveira Jonas in the 24th minute.
Aaron Ramsey scored in the 92nd minute in France to lift Arsenal top of Group F with seven points. Olympiacos defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the other game. Marseille has 6 points, Olympiacos 3 and Dortmund 1.
Arsenal, which is 10th in England’s Premier League after its worst start since 1953, has now won 5 of its last 6 matches.
“For the qualification, it was a very important goal, and for our confidence too,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We started to create chances and it was a case of patience, discipline and intelligence. The spirit was good and our attitude was right.”
Apoel Nicosia is top of Group G after drawing 1-1 at Porto as Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St. Petersburg tied 2-2 in the other game. The Cypriot team has 5 points, one more than Porto and Zenit. Shakhtar has 2 points in last place .
In Group H, AC Milan defeated BATE Borisov on goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng, while Andres Iniesta and David Villa scored to give Barcelona a similar result against Viktoria Plzen in Spain.
Milan and Barcelona have 7 points, 6 more than the other two teams.
The next round of matches are schedule Nov. 1 and 2.
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