Chelsea cemented their position at the top of Group E after matching their record Champions League win, while there were also home victories for AC Milan and Barcelona as the group stage reached the halfway point on Wednesday night.
Fernando Torres struck twice for Chelsea as they maintained their one-point lead over Bayer Leverkusen. Both sides pulled away from Valencia in third, though, after the German outfit struck twice in four second-half minutes to overturn a 1-0 half-time deficit.
Zlatan Ibrahimović scored for the second Champions League home game in a row and Kevin-Prince Boateng struck one of the goals of the night as Milan stayed on top of Group H following a 2-0 victory against BATE. Holders Barcelona are also six points clear of the bottom two in that section after recording an identical success against Viktoria Plzeň. The Italian and Spanish giants know wins on matchday four will seal knockout berths.
Group G is still tight after two draws. APOEL continued their impressive form in Europe with a battling 1-1 draw at Porto, while Shakhtar Donetsk and Zenit St Petersburg shared four goals in a highly entertaining encounter in Donetsk. Zenit twice came from behind to earn a point.
Arsenal denied Marseille a third straight win in Group F as a late Aaron Ramsey strike earned the Gunners all three points. Arsène Wenger’s side are top of the section while Olympiacos got off the mark with a 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, replacing the German side in third place.
Chelsea 5-0 Genk
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Valencia
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Zenit St Petersburg
Porto 1-1 APOEL
AC Milan 2-0 BATE
Barcelona 2-0 Viktoria Plzeň