GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warmed up for their World Cup playoffs meeting with high-scoring displays for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Ronaldo's two goals lifted Madrid to a 2-1 home victory over Juventus in the marquee matchup of the day, although the Portugal star was topped by Sweden's talismanic forward.
Ibrahimovic struck four goals — including an unstoppable long-range strike — as PSG outclassed Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels.
"Score a goal like this, it is good for the memory," Ibrahimovic said of his third goal, which was applauded by the 25,000 Anderlecht fans. He returned the applause to each corner in turn. "It was a big honor for me."
Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Viktoria Plzen 5-0, with Franck Ribery scoring twice, and Bayer Leverkusen won 4-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Madrid, PSG and Bayern all lead their groups with three straight wins, and Manchester United heads Leverkusen by a point after edging Real Sociedad 1-0.
Manchester City also won, 2-1 at CSKA Moscow, though the main talking point was racist abuse targeted by Russian fans at City's black players and reported by City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.
The incident happened during a week-long UEFA campaign to highlight its fight against racism and CSKA faces a partial stadium closure for a future home match.
Galatasaray beat Copenhagen 3-1, with Wesley Sneijder and Dider Drogba adding to Wednesday's star-studded list of scorers, while Benfica leveled late in a 1-1 draw with Olympiakos.
Three weeks ahead of their scheduled first-leg clash in the Portugal vs. Sweden playoff, Ronaldo now leads Ibrahimovic 7-6 atop the Champions League scoring table after just three matches.
Ronaldo took only four minutes to strike against Juventus, rounding goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to score from a tight angle after taking a clever reverse pass from Angel Di Maria.
Juventus was level in the 22nd when Spanish forward Fernando Llorente pounced on a loose ball after Iker Casillas dived low to push out Paul Pogba's far-post header.
Ronaldo got the winning goal in the 29th from the penalty spot after Giorgio Chiellini wrestled Sergi Ramos to the ground as a free-kick cross came in.
Chiellini was red-carded in the 48th when he raced alongside Ronaldo and caught the Madrid forward's face with a raised arm.
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