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10 eye-catching stats from the 2019-20 Champions League group stages

  • 10 most interesting stats from the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group-stage
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Modified 13 Dec 2019, 09:38 IST

5. Claudio Bravo becomes the first substitute keeper in the Champions League to be sent off

Claudio Bravo sees red in Manchester City
Claudio Bravo sees red in Manchester City's 1-1 draw at Atalanta

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo carved out an unwanted record for himself in the UEFA Champions League when he became the first keeper to come off the bench and get his marching orders in the competition.

Bravo, who came on at half-time, rushed off his line and brought down Atalanta winger Josip Ilicic, who was clean through on goal. The moment of indiscretion earned Bravo a straight red.

Defender Kyle Walker donned the goalkeeping gloves for the remainder of the match, as Manchester City held on for a 1-1 draw at the home of the UEFA Champions League debutants.


6. Robert Lewandowski records the fastest quadruple in Champions League history

Robert Lewandowski gestures after scoring a quadruple at Crvena Zvezda
Robert Lewandowski gestures after scoring a quadruple at Crvena Zvezda

Robert Lewandowski continues to break records this season. After going on a record-11-game scoring run in the Bundesliga, the prolific Pole turned his attention to the Champions League.

One of three players to have scored in each of the first four matchdays of the Champions League, Lewandowski scored four goals in a devastating 14-minute spell at Crvena Zvezda on matchday 5 which marked the fastest-ever quadruple in the competition.

In the process, Lewandowski registered his first Champions League hat-trick in over 4 years and became the only player after Lionel Messi to record multiple quadruples in the competition.

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By scoring on matchday 5 in the Serbian capital, Lewandowski equalled Cristiano Ronaldo's record of scoring in 9 consecutive group-stage games in the competition as the Polish striker ended as the top-scorer of a Champions League season group stages for the second consecutive year.


7. Lionel Messi becomes the first player in the Champions League to score against 34 different teams

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

In his 700th competitive game for Barcelona (140th in the Champions League), Lionel Messi celebrated the landmark occasion with a record-breaking goal.

By scoring Barcelona's second goal in his team's 3-1 home win over Borussia Dortmund, Messi became the first player in the Champions League to score against 34 different clubs in the competition, breaking a tie he previously shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul. (33 apiece)

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's Champions League goals by opposition club

The Argentina captain's 9 goals in the competition against Arsenal is his highest against any club, while his 26 goals against English clubs is the most he has scored against clubs from any country


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Published 13 Dec 2019, 09:38 IST
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