Soldado treble keeps group tight

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Roberto Soldado's hat-trick helped Valencia move joint on points with two other teams in Group F
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Roberto Soldado's hat-trick helped Valencia move joint on points with two other teams in Group F

Champions League Group F is shaping up to be one of the most hotly-contested of the eight pools and is a tight affair after three games with Valencia, BATE Borisov and Bayern Munich all locked on six points.

A hat-trick from Roberto Soldado ensured Valencia were convincing 3-0 winners in Belarus. The Spain striker opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half-time and struck twice more in the second half to sink BATE.

Bayern, meanwhile, hit back from their shock loss to BATE last time out to edge past Lille 1-0, courtesy of Thomas Muller's 20th-minute penalty. The result means Lille have lost all three of their matches so far, conceding six goals in the process.

Juventus are four points adrift of the leaders in Group A following a surprise 1-1 draw at Nordsjaelland.

Mikkel Beckmann's free-kick gave the hosts a shock lead five minutes into the second half, and they held out for more than half an hour before Mirko Vucinic lashed in an equaliser.

In Group C, Spartak Moscow earned their first Champions League points of the season with a 2-1 victory at home to Benfica.

Rafael Carioca gave the hosts a third-minute lead, and although Rodrigo Lima headed Benfica level at the Luzhniki Stadium, a Jardel own goal restored Spartak's advantage before half-time.

In Group H, Galatasaray claimed the first point of their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Cluj.

It was a frustrating night for the hosts, with Dany Nounkeu putting through his own net to give Cluj a 19th-minute lead before Felipe Melo missed a penalty 10 minutes before half-time.

Gala dominated the second half though, and got their reward through Burak Yilmaz 13 minutes from time.

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