Man United, Chelsea open with Champions League wins

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku (second left) and teammates celebrate after Lukaku scored the second Manchester United goal in the match against Basel at Old Trafford. (AP photo)

MANCHESTER: Romelu Lukaku kept up the impressive start to his Manchester United career by scoring the second goal in a 3-0 win over Basel on the opening night of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Since joining from Everton for 75 million pounds ($97 million) in the offseason, the Belgium striker has scored in the UEFA Super Cup on his competitive debut, two goals on his first start in the Premier League, and now on his first appearance in the Champions League group stage.

Marouane Fellaini, on as a 19th-minute substitute for the injured Paul Pogba, opened the scoring with a close-range header in the 35th before Lukaku climbed between two defenders to nod home in the 53rd. It was Lukaku's sixth goal in six appearances for United.

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