GENEVA (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic warmed up for their World Cup playoffs meeting with big games for Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Ronaldo had two goals in Madrid's 2-1 home victory over Juventus in the marquee matchup of the day, and Ibrahimovic scored four times — including an unstoppable long-range strike — to help PSG outclass Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels.
Defending champion Bayern Munich routed Viktoria Plzen 5-0, and Bayer Leverkusen topped Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0.
Madrid, PSG and Bayern all lead their groups with three straight wins, and Manchester United has a one-point lead over Leverkusen 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 weeklong 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, and Benfica leveled late in a 1-1 draw with Olympiakos.
Three weeks ahead of a scheduled first-leg clash in the Portugal vs. Sweden playoff, Ronaldo now leads Ibrahimovic 7-6 atop the Champions League scoring table after 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 the 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.
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