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Champions League Roundup: Day One

Groups A-D opened yesterday in the Champions League, and with the exception of Inter Milan, the favorites all received favorable results in their first outing of the competition. Defending champ Barcelona handed Bulgarian minnow Levski Sofia yesterday's most comprehensive defeat, a 5-0 thumping at home. AS Roma and Bayern Munich each recorded resounding 4-0 wins against Shakhtar Donetsk and Spartak Moscow, respectively, while Valencia also put four on the board on a hat-trick from Fernando Morientes to brush aside Olympiakos 4-2. English champion Chelsea produced a thoroughly workman-like performance to beat a tough Werder Bremen side, 2-0. Inter Milan, pipped yesterday by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as having the world's most complete squad, put in a flimsy performance against Sporting Lisbon, falling behind, 1-0, just before Patrick Vieira killed off Inter's challenge by being sent off with 22 minutes to go. Liverpool, the 2005 champion, looked particularly inept against Dutch champion PSV, failing to produce any good scoring opportunities aside from a spectacular shot from Steven Gerrard that rattled the crossbar in the 88th minute. That match finished 0-0, as did the match involving the other teams in Group C, Galatasaray and Bor

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