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Benfica tops Anderlecht, Shakhtar wins

Champions League: Benfica vs. Anderlecht
Champions League: Benfica vs. Anderlecht
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Filip Djuricic and Luisao scored goals in the first half-hour to help Benfica to a 2-0 win over Anderlecht in their Champions League Group C opener on Tuesday.

Djuricic tapped in after Silvio Proto failed to hold a shot from Enzo Perez in the fourth minute as the Belgian club gave way under Benfica's early pressure.

Brazilian central defender Luisao neatly controlled the ball on his chest inside the Anderlecht area and volleyed into the net for Benfica's second goal.

Anderlecht's last group stage away win in the Champions League was in 2005.

Benfica lost the Europa League final against Chelsea last season in what was its first continental final in 23 years.

Anderlecht struggled to find its rhythm at the Stadium of Light, where the Champions League final will be played, and consistently sent long passes down to Matias Suarez on the right flank.

Oscar Cardozo twice tested Proto, and Djuricic shot just past the post as the Lisbon team overwhelmed Anderlecht's defense in the opening period.

Anderlecht was sharper after halftime, with a pair of efforts from Aleksandar Mitrovic and the irrepressible Suarez forcing Artur to dive quickly to his right.

Cardozo was a constant menace for the defense, though, and narrowly missed with a 70th-minute chance inside the Anderlecht area.

Real Sociedad 0, Shakhtar Donetsk 2

Alex Teixeira struck twice to give Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad in Group A of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Teixeira drilled a low shot into the net from an assist by Douglas Costa in the 65thminute to break the deadlock, and the Brazilian then followed up with a superb goal in the 87th.

Surging into the area on the left and looking as if he would run out of space, Teixeira suddenly unleashed a powerful low shot inside the far post, beating stranded goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Teixeira also scored twice in Shakhtar's first three European matches last season.

Sociedad was left to rue missing the first chance of the match, when Mexican forward Carlos Vela shot just wide in the 25th minute.
 

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