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Manchester City shocked by Lyon, easy victories for Madrid, Man U, Juventus

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were beaten by Ligue 1 club Lyon 2-1, with goals recorded in the first half by  Maxwell Cornet and Nabil Fekir.

Bernardo Silva reduced the deficit for the English champions in the 67th minute. Even though city dominated the match, having 64 per cent possession and more shots on target, they were not successful in breaking their French visitors, who are seventh on the Ligue 1 table, at the moment.

Shakhtar Donetsk hosting Hoffenheim in the second match of the Group F, played 2-2 draw.

In Bern, Switzerland, Paul Pogba was the driving force with a brace as Manchester United recovered from a shaky start to record an ultimately convincing 3-0 win away to Young Boys in their opening Champions League game in Group H.

Skipper Pogba’s superb opening goal cut down the Swiss champions in their prime, and he then doubled the English side’s lead from a penalty just before the break.

The France star also set up the third goal for compatriot Anthony Martial in the second half, as Jose Mourinho’s side safely negotiated this fixture on the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse.

Seemingly a club in crisis at the end of August following their 3-0 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, this was United’s third straight win since then, all away from home.

In Valencia, Juventus, despite losing striker Cristiano Ronaldo to a red card, prevailed 2-0, with the goals by Miralem Pjanic, coming off penalties awarded either side of the two halves.

In Group G, Real Madrid triumphed over Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu, with goals by Isco, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, giving them emphatic victory.

In the other match of the group, Viktoria Plzen were held 2-2 at home by visiting CSKA Moscow

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