Champions League: Lyon hit five past Anderlecht; Atletico edge Pana in 5-goal thriller; Debrecen, Zurich and Maccabi Haifa all record away wins

Lyon 5 – Anderlecht 1 (Champions League, August 19, 2009) Anderlecht conceded in Lyon after ten minutes, Miralem Pjanic steering the French side in front with a a cracking free-kick. Lisandro Lopez doubled Lyon’s lead from the spot and Michel Bastos cracked home an unstoppable third as Lyon ran riot. The hosts continued to pile on the goals after the break as Bafetimbi Gomis scored number four. Suarez pulled a goal back for the visitors but Lyon quickly reopened a 4-goal cushion as Gomis notched number five.

Panathinaikos 2 – Atletico Madrid 3 (Champions League, August 19, 2009) Ten minutes before the break Panathinaikos saw a Salpingidis goal chalked off for offside, and Atletico Madrid punished their Greek hosts minutes later as Maxi Rodriguez broke the deadlock for the Spaniards. Panathinaikos equalised through Salpingidis who lobbed the Atletico goalie, but Madrid went 2-1 up as Diego Forlan scored from the edge of the area. Kun Aguero scored a terrific solo third, but former Liverpool man Sebastian Leto netted Pana’ second goal to keep the Greeks in the tie.

Levski Sofia 1 – Debrecen 2 (Champions League, August 19, 2009) A stunning 30-yard rocket from Laszlo Bodnar rifled Debrecen into a 12th minute lead at Levsk, but Cedric Bardon drew Levski level six minutes into the second half. Peter Czvitkovics grabbed the winner for Debrecen 14 minutes from time to set them up nicely for the second leg.

Ventspils 0 – Zurich 3 (Champions League, August 19, 2009) Zurich moved ahead at Ventspils after Johan Vonlanthen collected a long ball upfield, danced his way into the box and coolly curled a shot into the far corner. Silvan Aegerter scored a second with a header from a corner, and Dusan Djuric made it 3-0 15 minutes from time to put FC Zurich on the brink of the group stages.

RB Salzburg 1 – Maccabi Haifa 2 (Champions League, August 19, 2009) Maccabi was superb in the opening stages and deserved to take the lead through Mohammed Ghadir in the 22nd minute. Salzburg slowly got back into the match, but it wasn’t until the 57th minute that the hosts equalised thanks to Alexander Zickler’s goal.  The Austrians were in control after that, but it was Haifa which claimed the priceless victory, with substitute Shlomi Arbaitman scoring the winner in the 84th minute.