Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring in the 3-3 draw with Roma.
Chelsea's David Luiz celebrates after scoring in the 3-3 draw with Roma. Frank Augstein

Roma fightback denies Chelsea win in Europe

EDIN Dzeko inspired Roma to a comeback point at Stamford Bridge in a high-quality 3-3 draw at Chelsea in the Uefa Champions League.

Eden Hazard came to Chelsea's rescue after his side blew a two-goal lead.

Antonio Conte's team looked on course for a comfortable victory thanks to first-half goals from David Luiz and Hazard.

But Roma's Aleksandar Kolarov struck before half-time to spark a stirring fightback from the Serie A side.

Former Manchester City forward Dzeko bagged a brace after the interval to give Roma the lead, only for Hazard to spare Chelsea's blushes with a late leveller.

Chelsea remains two points clear of Roma at the top of Group C, but this was the latest in a growing list of alarming displays from the Premier League champions.

Benfica's Mile Svilar became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Champions League game when he lined up against Manchester United in Lisbon.

The Belgian, aged 18 years and 52 days, beat Iker Casillas's record.

But, he had a moment to forget when Marcus Rashford lobbed a seemingly harmless free-kick in from the left, which he carried behind the line as he misjudged the flight and lost his positioning to gift United a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition to lead 10-man Barcelona to a 3-1 victory at home to Olympiakos.

In Germany, Jupp Heynckes, who replaced sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti, enjoyed a successful Champions League return as Bayern Munich got its Group B campaign back on track with a 3-0 home win against Celtic.

Bayern captain Thomas Mueller put the hosts ahead after 17 minutes before Germany defender Joshua Kimmich made it two with a header just before the half-hour mark.

The result leaves Bayern second in the group on six points, three behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain and three clear of third-placed Celtic.

Juventus' defensive frailties were again exposed as it labored to a 2-1 win at home to Sporting Lisbon.

Mario Mandzukic scored the winner six minutes from time after free-kick specialist Miralem Pjanic had cancelled out an own-goal by Juventus defender Alex Sandro in the first half.

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