PSG remain atop Group F; Luiz Adriano makes Champions League history

BY foxsports • October 21, 2014

NICOSIA, Cyprus --

Edinson Cavani scored three minutes from fulltime to give Paris Saint-German a 1-0 away win over APOEL and keep the French club atop Group F in the Champions League.

The Uruguay forward fought to keep possession inside the box, swiveling as he fell and pushing the ball past APOEL goalkeeper Urko Pardo.

The win gives PSG seven points in the group, one more than Barcelona which beat Ajax 3-1 in the other match tonight. The win also stretched PSG's unbeaten streak in all competitions this season.

But a feisty APOEL lived up to its reputation of being a hard to beat at home, missing several good chances in each half.

Luiz Adriano became only the second player after Lionel Messi to score five goals in a Champions League match as Shakhtar Donetsk thrashed BATE Borisov 7-0 at the Borisov Arena.

On a night when numerous records tumbled, Shakhtar became the first side ever in the Champions League to score six before half-time as Alex Teixeira, Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa ruthlessly exposed their haphazard hosts. Brazilian Luiz Adriano's 12-minute hat-trick was also the third-fastest in the competition's history and he moved out on his own as the first man to ever score four goals in the first 45 minutes of a Champions League match.

With the win comfortably secured, Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu shuffled his pack at the break and it disrupted the free-flowing scoring of his side, but Luiz Adriano was still not done and added a late penalty to take his already bountiful tally to five.

Shakhtar remain second in Group H, two points behind Porto, while BATE also stay third despite now having a goal difference of minus 12.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a 92nd-minute penalty to earn Schalke a 4-3 win after they had surrendered a two-goal lead at home to 10-man Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night.

A grandstand second half which saw two Adrien Silva goals, the first a penalty, bring Sporting level from 3-1 down had looked set to deny Roberto Di Matteo victory in his first Champions League game in charge of the Royal Blues. But Choupo-Moting saved his side's blushes at the death after Jonathan Silva had been penalised for handball to send the Germans second in Group G.

Ricardo Quaresma struck 15 minutes from time to lift Porto to a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday and put the hosts in command of Champions League Group H.

Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera had put the Portuguese side ahead at the Dragao stadium on the stroke of half-time before Athletic's Guillermo Fernandez equalized before the hour mark. Substitute Quaresma then came to the rescue four minutes after entering the pitch, hitting the ball past a helpless Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz to hand his team three valuable points.

The outcome has lifted Porto two points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of the pool after three games played. Athletic remain winless and with just one point so far, the Basque outfit's chances of progressing to the next round are slim.


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