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AC Milan, Arsenal Score Impressive Victories in European Champions League Tournament

Italian football power AC Milan and Arsenal of England have opened with impressive victories in the European Champions League tournament. But perennial Spanish favorite Real Madrid suffered a loss Wednesday.

Six-time European champion AC Milan beat AEK Athens of Greece, 3-0, in a GroupH game. Anderlecht of Belgium and Lille drew 1-1 in the other Group H match.

Arsenal, which was last season's runner-up, began its campaign with a 2-1 win at Hamburger SV of Germany. A scoreless (0-0) draw between FC Porto of Portugal and CSKA Moscow of Russia put Arsenal in first place in Group G after the opening round of games.

French champion Lyon of France scored a 2-0 win over Real Madrid in a one-sided Group E game at Stade Gerland. Steaua Bucharest of Romania beat Dynamo Kiev of Ukraine, 4-1, also in Group E

Manchester United of England edged Celtic of Scotland, 3-2, in Group F. The result put United in first place because FC Copenhagen of Denmark and two-time European champion Benfica of Portugal ended with a scoreless draw.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.