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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Valencia Crushes Spartak to Hit Top of Group B

ReutersValencia's Vicente tackling Spartak's Dmitry Khlestov during their Champion's League match at Dynamo Stadium on Wednesday.
Valencia earned an easy 3-0 victory over Spartak Moscow to move top of Champions League Group B with two wins from two matches.

Miguel Angel Angulo put the Spanish champion ahead five minutes into the game Wednesday when he beat Spartak goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov from close range.

Mista, who came into the game for John Carew shortly after the interval, added the second in the 71st minute after a cross from Rufete, while another substitute, Juan Sanchez, finished off the struggling Russian champion six minutes from time.

Valencia, which has reached the Champions League final twice in the last three years, dominated for long stretches of the match. Spartak, which was missing injured captain Yegor Titov and Ukrainian defender Dmitry Parfyonov, pushed forward in the second half but rarely threatened Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares.

Spartak has now gone 13 matches without a win in Europe's premier club competition and remains bottom of the group with no points or goals from two games.

Fast-starting Arsenal ended its away jinx in the Champions League in spectacular style Wednesday, while Real Madrid hit six goals against Belgian side Genk. Brazilian Gilberto Silva scored the quickest goal in Champions League history, timed at 20.07 seconds, as Arsenal crushed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 in the Netherlands.

In other results, Inter Milan sneaked a 1-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam, Liverpool was held 1-1 at home by Swiss outsider Basel and French side Olympique Lyon romped to a 5-0 victory over Rosenborg Trondheim in France.

Lyon was the side Arsenal beat in its last away Champions League victory, back in February 2001. But Arsene Wenger's side comprehensively ended its eight-game barren run at PSV to take a firm grip on Group A, in which it is the only side with maximum points.

Almost straight from the whistle, PSV lost the ball and Thierry Henry ran forward before crossing to Silva who side-footed home.

The goal was timed by ruling body UEFA's web site at 20.07 seconds, five-hundredths of a second faster than Alessandro Del Piero's effort for Juventus against Manchester United in October 1997.

Freddie Ljungberg and Henry, twice, scored in the second half to wrap up a stunning victory.

Borussia Dortmund, beaten 2-0 at Arsenal last week, bounced back with an important 2-1 home victory over Auxerre, Jan Koller and Marcio Amoroso scoring the vital goals. It has three points, while Auxerre and PSV are on one.

Despite the absence of injured Ronaldo, title holder Real continues to look invincible in Group C as it hit Genk with two goals right on the stroke of halftime at the Bernabeu.

Genk defender Didier Zokora deflected in a Guti drive for Real's first after 44 minutes, and before the halftime whistle Michel Salgado made it 2-0.

With Michael Owen still firing blanks, Milan Baros gave Liverpool a 24th-minute lead, but, against the run of play, Basel leveled before halftime through Julio Hernan Rossi and held out for an important point.

Two-time winner Inter leapfrogged four-time champion Ajax at the top of Group D thanks to Argentine Hernan Crespo's 74th-minute winner at the San Siro.

Inter has four points, but Lyon is also in contention after its comprehensive win over Rosenborg.