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Summary

  1. Arsenal lose group stage opener
  2. FT: Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv
  3. Hazard hits early penalty over crossbar
  4. Willian free-kick, Oscar pen, Costa volley
  5. Fabregas finishes Chelsea break

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

So, three hugely disappointing defeats for English clubs in the Champions League in the last 48 hours. Only Chelsea managed to buck the trend.

I'm off now - thanks for your company and make sure you stay across the BBC football pages for reaction to all of tonight's games.

Night!

Manager reaction

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport:  "It is not the way we wanted to begin the competition. We were a bit unlucky. We faced a Zagreb team who were committed. 

"We gave it all until the end but unfortunately couldn't come back. 

"The first yellow for Olivier Giroud is a foul for us and the second is an accident. They got away with obvious fouls many times. 

"We have enough games to come back. We focus to win our next home game and I'm sure we can beat Zagreb at home."

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal

Jermaine Jenas

Former England midfielder on BBC 5 live social

"There were a few holding midfielders around - Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira and even Bastian Schweinsteiger - this summer and I think that's an area Arsenal should have gone for."

Coming up

In the next round of Champions League matches in a fortnight's time, Arsenal host Greek side Olympiakos and Chelsea visit FC Porto.

Manager reaction

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

More from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on BT Sport : "Ruben Loftus-Cheek showed personality, he wanted to play.We played him and Fabregas because they are fast thinking, fast moving the ball and that helps the team because we found lots of attacking situations.I am really happy with his performance. 

"The most important thing was to win. If some players had good individual performances, good for them, if some score a goal that was also important. 

"The only negative thing was Willian's injury. Apart from that everything was positive. I have a lot of thinking always. I try to read the game before it starts, and I have a lot of thinking before Arsenal (on Saturday at 12:45 BST)."

Manager reaction

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on BT Sport: "I am happy with the result and the performance. The same way I was not in hell with bad results, I am not in heaven we won a game.

"It was a good victory, you could see from minute one we were going to win the game. Missing the penalty was a good thing to test the team, we must be really strong to believe and the players have played very well, they showed a good attitude, good with the ball, it was a good victory. 

"Good individual performance helps the players' self esteem and confidence, good collective performances are also good. I know some experts will say Maccabi are not a top team, I agree, but they are a Champions League team and to beat a team you need to play well and we played well.

"We were good in the different phases of the game."

Jose Mourinho
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Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Andrew in Richhill : Oh Arsenal! Why do you do this every year? Just spend some money on the players you so clearly need and then you'll be in a position to win games like these, you'll be able to top your group, and maybe, just maybe, you'll be able to get past the last-16 stage of the Champions League. 

Laurence Austin : As an Arsenal fan this game is obviously so frustrating but at least it happens in our first game, not like last season against AS Monaco where it mattered more. Better to iron out the kinks early, and also, Walcott should now get that run of games he deserves after Giroud's rush of blood to the head! 

Post-match reaction from Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger coming up...

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Kyle in Croydon : Not much has been made of Loftus-Cheek this evening. Man of the match performance and with Chelsea missing out on £80 million Paul Pogba, he could be the perfect alternative.

Elsewhere in Europe

Gent drew with Lyon tonight. I reckon they are pretty pleased with that...

This is who we are. Standing our ground. Equalizing with ten man. Holding on to it with nine. A penalty save with 1-1. WE ARE BUFFALO! #UCL

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Reuben Loftus-Cheek looked at home in the Chelsea midfield too. He was the heartbeat of the side in the middle of the park - as this heat map shows - and continually supplied the ball to Cesc Fabregas knowing the ex-Barcelona man could truly hurt the visitors.

Rueben Loftus Cheek
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Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

The biggest plus for Chelsea tonight? It's got to be the return to form of Cesc Fabregas. He ran the show, playing 125 passes - 55 more than anyone else. More than 90% of them found their target. Oh yeah... and he delivered the exquisite cross which led to Diego Costa's goal. A good night all round.

Cesc Fabregas
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Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"One of Chelsea's problems this season is that their big players have not been playing well. 

"Well, Diego Costa made one and scored one, Cesc Fabregas made one and scored one and Oscar is back and scored one. The one player missing from that is Eden Hazard. It's just not happening for him." 

Eden hazard
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Progressively getting worse?

Defeats by English Champions League teams in their opening group game: 2005-2011: 0 2012: 1 2013: 1 2014: 2 2015: 3

Debuchy a weak link?

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Here's Mathieu Debuchy's touch map. In my opinion the right-back was at fault for Dinamo Zagreb's opening goal. Should he be piling forward as much as he does? The end product doesn't justify it - he gave the ball away 19 times tonight and put in just one cross. It wasn't a good one at that.

Debuchy
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Patriots 1-0 : Chelsea the only English team to win in the Champions League this week shows how weak the Premier League is.

David Southall : Embarrassing evidence of folly of Wenger & his transfer 'strategy'. Strikers now 4 goals in 6 games.

Charleschip : People can blame Wenger all they like but the players only turned up for one half. They need to take more responsibility.

Player reaction

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas on BT Sport : "The players were feeling it, like every big club we need results and performances. We were dominant and hopefully that is the start of a big run."

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill on BT Sport:  "We have had a difficult start but we know the players we have got. It is just what we need, the perfect lift. Arsenal on Saturday is time to make a statement."

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live

"Have Chelsea drawn a line in the sand and put their troubles behind them? Tel Aviv were not a good enough team to make that kind of decision about them. I would say 4-0 was the absolute minimum of winning this game by.

"You could see seeds coming through but is it all fixed yet? No not yet."

As it stands

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Chelsea, meanwhile, already look like the team to beat in Group G.

Chelsea
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In the Championship

An entertaining game at Loftus Road sees Blackburn hold QPR to a 2-2 draw. Shane Duffy and Jordan Rhodes scored for the visitors either side of Charlie Austin's strike, before defender Nedum Ohuoha popped up for a point.

As it stands

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

It's already looking difficult for Arsenal to top the group and thus avoid a tricky draw if they do qualify for the knockout stage.

CL
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Vote result

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Eye-watering stat for Arsenal

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Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal

Alistair Bruce-Ball

BBC Radio 5 live commentator in Zagreb

"It is a desperately damaging start to this Champions League campaign for Arsenal and Mesut Ozil shows his frustration in particular as he hoofs the ball towards the Arsenal fans behind the goal and into the stands." 

Your verdict

Let us know - #bbcfootball

What did we make of all that then? Chelsea were very good tonight - doing just enough to win 4-0 but they will be concerned that Willian went off injured.

Arsenal? Did poor discipline from the red-carded Olivier Giroud cost them?

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

When Jose sits down at his computer tonight and taps away on Google, he'll be pleased to see this scoreline pop up.

FULL-TIME

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

The inquest has opened.

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Joel Campbell's deep cross is in the direction of Laurent Koscielny but the keeper collects it. At the other end, David Ospina makes a fine save to prevent a breakaway goal.

Joel Campbell
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Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal pushing forward. Gabriel's header is harmlessly over the bar.

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

A chance for the visitors when they drive a low cross into the Chelsea box but Nosakhare Igiebor can't turn into an empty net and the ball is sliced behind for a goal-kick.

INJURY TIME

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Five minutes of time added on...

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

Into the last minute in Croatia now, where Arsenal have seen a free-kick out wide cleared easily. Poor delivery from Santi Cazorla.

Santi Cazorla
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In the Championship

An entertaining game at Loftus Road has another goal...

...and it's gone to the home side. Defender Nedum Onuoha scores for QPR to level the game at 2-2 against Blackburn.

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Roll up, roll up. Have a shot. Roll up.

This time substitute Bertrand Traore curls a shot wide for an utterly dominant Chelsea. They needed this tonight.

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Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal

Matt Fallon : That was real Henry like finishing from @theowalcott@Arsenal#bbcfootball

JavelBleach : Can't imagine #Wenger will be "resting" #Cech for their next CL match!

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

A free header for Dinamo but it's straight at a juggling David Ospina. The Arsenal keeper, by the way, is looking very nervous tonight.

Dinamo 2-1 Arsenal

You've got seven minutes, Arsenal...

Joel Campbell
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#bbcfootball Calm as you like by Walcott. He finishes those opportunities off all day long. I don't know why Wenger didn't start him?

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Jermaine Jenas

Former England midfielder on BBC 5 live

"It was the perfect counter-attacking goal. It's exactly what the doctor ordered at Stamford Bridge tonight and hopefully it will have dusted off a few cobwebs and got a bit of confidence back into the side."