Winners of the competition in three of the last six seasons, Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by AC Milan on matchday one, but turned in a clinical performance to win 5-0 at BATE. Barca were three up by half-time thanks to an own goal from Aliaksandr Volodko and goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Messi. Messi added another goal in the second half, which moved him into joint-second place on Barcelona’s all-time goalscoring list.
Elsewhere in Group H, goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Antonio Cassano allowed AC MIlan to beat Viktoria Plzeň 2-0.
Marseille were emphatic winners in Group F against Borussia Dortmund, André Ayew contributing to a 3-0 success with a goal in either half. Didier Deschamps’ side may be struggling domestically, but are perfect in Europe.
Marseille are two points clear of Arsenal, who beat Olympiacos 2-1 at the Emirates. Not the best performance by Arsenal, but considering the injury crisis the Gunners have, a good result nevertheless.
The other English team in action tonight were Chelsea, who were denied a second straight win after Roberto Soldado’s 87th-minute penalty cancelled out Frank Lampard’s effort. In Group E’s other game, Bayer 04 Leverkusen beat 2-0 KRC Genk.
Zenit St Petersburg bounced back from their shock loss to APOEL by beating Porto 3-1, while last season’s quarter-finalists Shakhtar Donetsk were themselves frutstrated by the Cypriot side in a 1-1 draw.