Real Madrid calmed tensions over their dire recent form by earning a 2-1 win at home to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, snapping a run of five games without victory and easing the pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui.
Karim Benzema headed stuttering triple European champions Real ahead early in the first half but they were fortunate not to concede an equaliser before the break as they leaked three glaring chances which the Czechs failed to capitalise on.
Real's Brazilian left back Marcelo got the second goal with a coolly-taken dinked finish in the 55th minute and they then missed a glut of chances to extend the lead, which was cut by an ice-cool finish from Plzen's Patrik Hrosovsky in the 78th.
AS Roma's Edin Dzeko drew level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi at the top of this season's Champions League scoring charts as the Italians set the pace in Group G with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina striker netted twice in the first half to take his tally in the competition to five goals, before setting up Cengiz Under to score the third just after the break as Roma continued a strong run of home form in Europe.
Eusebio di Francescos side were unbeaten in Rome during their run to the semi-finals last season and have not suffered a home defeat in European competition since a 1-0 Europa League loss to Villarreal in February 2017.
Hoffenheim's Joelinton scored in stoppage time to give the German club a dramatic 3-3 draw against Olympique Lyon in a rollercoaster Group F match.
Lyon, who hit the post early in the game, had the upper hand at the start and could have gone ahead well before Betrand Traore's opener in the 27th minute.
But the hosts kept finding space down the wings and they were rewarded when Croat Andrej Kramaric struck twice to put them ahead.
Kerim Demirbay came close to adding another for the hosts early in the second half but Tanguy Ndombele's thundering shot from a tight angle against the run of play beat keeper Oliver Baumann to level.
Some sloppy defending from Hoffenheim allowed Memphis Depay to latch onto a deep cross from Houssem Aouar, sprint clear and beat Baumann in the 67th minute. Then with seconds left on the clock, Joelinton snuck into the box to connect with a cutback and rescue a point for the hosts.
Bayern Munich scored twice in two minutes to beat hosts AEK Athens 2-0 to continue their recovery from a recent dip in form and climb to the top of their Group E.
Javi Martinez volleyed in after 61 minutes and Robert Lewandowski tapped in their second goal two minutes later for their second win in three group matches.
Noussair Mazraoui scored an injury-time winner as Ajax claimed what could be a vital 1-0 win over Benfica in their Champions League Group E clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Fullback Mazraoui's shot from the edge of the box was deflected into the net as he scored for the second Champions League game in a row to move Ajax level with Bayern Munich at the top of their pool.
Champions League debutants Young Boys scored their first goal and picked up their first ever point in the competition with a deserved 1-1 draw at home to Valencia.
Michy Batshuayi gave Valencia a first-half lead, their first goal in Group H, but Guillaume Hoarau equalised with a penalty after the break.