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LYON, France -- Striker Fred and midfielder Tiago gave Lyon a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid as the French side made another stylish start to the Champions League on Wednesday.

Steaua Bucharest hit three first-half goals to crush Dynamo Kiev 4-1 in the night's other opening Group E encounter in the Ukraine on Wednesday.

Fred opened the scoring for Lyon with a deft lob that gave goalkeeper Iker Casillas no chance in the 12th minute while Tiago made it 2-0 on 31.

Tiago swept in a cross by winger Sidney Govou from close range.

Lyon dominated Real for most of the game and handed the nine-times European champions their second consecutive defeat at Gerland stadium in a year.

The Spanish side had slumped to a 3-0 loss at the French champions's ground in their opening group match in September 2005.

Eager to prove that victory was no fluke, Gerard Houllier's Lyon put the Spaniards under pressure right from the start.

Lyon's inspirational Brazilian midfielder Juninho forced goalkeeper Iker Casillas to make a dramatic save with one of his trademark free-kicks from 30 metres after seven minutes.

Juninho then set up his young compatriot Fred with a long-range pass for Lyon's opening goal in the 12th minute.

Fred outsprinted Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro and, showing real composure, sent in a lob from just outside the box that gave Casillas no chance.

Tiago swept home a cross from Sidney Govou in the 31st minute to underline Lyon's superiority.

Govou, playing only his second match of the season for his club, hit the woodwork and Fred narrowly missed the target before the interval with Casillas beaten on both occasions.

Real tried to haul themselves back into the game after the break, but Lyon proved too well-organised in defence.

The visitors created their best chance to narrow the gap when new Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy shot wide 10 minutes from time.

Steaua hit four

Sorin Ghionea, Valentin Badea and Nicolae Dica scored in the first 43 minutes to give Romanians Steaua a 3-1 lead in Kiev before Dica finished off the home side with his second 11 minutes from time.

Serhiy Rebrov, Dynamo's all-time leading scorer, notched his 30th goal in European competition in the 16th minute but it was little consolation for Ukraine's most popular club.

Steaua, back in Europe's premier club competition after a 10-year absence, made a flying start with Ghionea heading in at the far post in the third minute.

Dynamo equalized 13 minutes later but the 1986 European champions quickly regained the lead through Badea's diving header.

Dica made it 3-1 two minutes before the interval with a great curving free kick from 30 meters then added a second against the run of play in the 79th minute.


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Fred celebrates after putting Real Madrid in the red as Lyon start with a win.

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