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Real zipped and zapped by French firepower

LONDON: Olympique Lyon missed a penalty but still trounced Real Madrid 3-0 in a stunning start to the Champions League group stage, as holder Liverpool scored a 2-1 win at Real Betis.

Europe's elite looked short of top form as last season's runner-up AC Milan needed a late flourish to beat Fenerbahce 3-1, 10-man Inter won only 1-0 at Slovak outsider Artmedia and big-spending Chelsea edged Anderlecht 1-0 in London.

Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven beat Schalke 04 1-0, Olympiakos Piraeus went down 3-1 at home to Rosenborg Trondheim and a late goal gave Rangers a 3-2 victory over 2004 champion Porto.

Flurry of goals

But the place to be for drama was the Stade Gerland where Lyon, the competition's top scorer last season, carried on where it had left off with a three-goal blast in the opening half-hour.

Norwegian John Carew, Brazilian Juninho and Frenchman Sylvain Wiltord, rounding off a superb move from the halfway line, all scored as Lyon tore Real's rickety defence to shreds.

It could have been worse as Juninho missed a penalty he was fortunate to be awarded just before the break.

Real, without suspended Brazil striker Ronaldo and injured France playmaker Zinedine Zidane, had a better second half but never looked like turning the game around.

Lyon's next opponent in Group F, Rosenborg, came out on top of a game with plenty of twists before Oyvind Storflor put the result beyond doubt in stoppage time.

Olympiakos went in front courtesy of the first own goal of the night by Alejandro Lago. Per Ciljan Skjelbred levelled for the Norwegians, who went 2-1 up just after halftime when Dimitris Mavrogenidis put through his own net.

Liverpool, which had to fight its way through all three qualifying rounds after its amazing final triumph in Istanbul in May, had clearly been well-briefed by its Spanish manager Rafael Benitez on what to do in Seville.

Two goals up within 14 minutes, thanks to Frenchman Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Spaniard Luis Garcia, Benitez's men held on despite a second half strike by Arzu.

Their victory, and the winning start by Chelsea, will add further spice to their clash in Group G at Anfield in a fortnight's time.

Chelsea had plenty of possession but needed a goalkeeping blunder by Daniel Zitka, allowing Frank Lampard's shot to swerve past him, to earn the points.

Anderlecht teenager Anthony Vanden Borre hit the post with a deflected shot but his team could not avoid a record eighth consecutive Champions League defeat.

The results:

Group E: AC Milan 3 (Kaka 18, 87, Shevchenko 89) bt Fenerbahce 1 (Alex 63-pen); PSV Eindhoven 1 (Vennegoor of Hesselink 33) bt Schalke 04 0; Group F: Lyon 3 (Carew 20, Juninho 26, Wiltord 31) bt Real Madrid 0; Olympiakos 1 (Lago 19-og) lost to Rosenborg 3 (Skjelbred 42, Mavrogenidis 48-og, Storflor 90); Group G: Chelsea 1 (Lampard 19) bt Anderlecht 0; Real Betis 1 (Arzu 51) lost to Liverpool 2 (Sinama-Pongolle 2, Luis Garcia 14); Group H: Artmedia Bratislava 0 lost to Inter Milan (ITA) 1 (Cruz 17); Rangers 3 (Lovenkrands 35, Prso 59, Kyrgiakos 85) bt FC Porto 2 (Pepe 47, 71). — Agencies

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