Pics – Barcelona, Chelsea win as AC Milan and Ajax draw

Barcelona and Chelsea won their Champions League matches, while a match between AC Milan and Ajax Amsterdam ended in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday (October 1 2013). Above: Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas celebrates after scoring a goal to claim a narrow 1-0 victory over Celtic. Picture: Scott Heppell/AP
The Spanish champions dominated possession but failed to test goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the opening 45 minutes with Celtic’s Georgios Samaras (right) having the best chance of the half. Picture: Nigel Roddis/Reuters
But it was a moment of madness from skipper Scott Brown that cost Celtic dearly as the midfielder was shown a straight red card in the 59th minute as he appeared to direct a sly kick at Neymar after tripping the Brazilian superstar. Picture: Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli scored a penalty in the fourth minute of added time to earn AC Milan a 1-1 draw with Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in a Champions League Group H match. Picture: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters
Young central defender Stefano Denswil had risen unmarked five yards out to head home a corner from the right flank to leave the Dutch champions on the brink of a precious win. Picture: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters
However, the draw suits Milan, who are clear in second place on four points behind Barcelona. Above: Ajax Amsterdam's Lucas Andersen (left) fights for the ball with AC Milan's Sulley Muntari (right). Picture: Michael Kooren/Reuters
On the other side of the Champions League games, Chelsea got their Champions League campaign up and running at the second attempt yesterday with a one-sided 4-0 win away to Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest. Picture: Vadim Ghirda/AP
Ramires (right) broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, with hapless Steaua right back Daniel Georgievski putting through his own goal on the verge of half-time. Ramires added a third early in the second period, before a Frank Lampard (left) low shot sealed victory in the 90th minute. Picture: Vadim Ghirda/AP
Steaua had their moments, however, with goalkeeper Petr Cech obliged to tip a feathery chip from Cristian Tanase over the crossbar and he blocked Nicolae Stanciu, who lashed the rebound over. Picture: Vadim Ghirda/AP
Chelsea's John Terry checks on goalkeeper Petr Cech after an injury during the match. Picture: Nicolae Dumitrache/AP

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