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SK Stat Attack – the best stats from a madcap Champions League night

Anirudh Menon
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Welcome back, Marco. You were missed

Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw created history yesterday, Leicester continued to toy with their European opposition, Ronaldo didn't score but he did everything else and Tottenham Hotspur got knocked out. 

We bring you the best stats from a madcap night of action in the Champions league.  

12 – Borussia Dortmund 8- 4 Legia Warsaw holds the record for most goals in a CL game. The previous one was held by Monaco when they thrashed 8-3 Deportivo La Coruna in November 2003

48 – Number of attempts Borussia Dortmund had in the 2 games v Legia Warsaw. What insanity.

14 – Number of goals Borussia Dortmund had in the 2 games vs Legia Warsaw. Yes, they really did score that many. 

4 -  Legia are the second team to lose a European Cup/CL game despite scoring four goals after Club Brugge vs Basel (4-6) in 1973

5 - Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw is the first game in CL history with five goals in the first 25 minutes. So many firsts!

10 - Borussia Dortmund have now scored 5+ goals in 10 separate games under Thomas Tuchel. Bloody 'ell.

1 – Marco Reus has scored his first ever hat-trick in the Champions League. And that on his return from a lengthy injury layoff. Now, THAT is how you make a return – are you watching Goldberg?


2 - Shinji Kagawa has scored two goals in a single Champions League game for the first time in his career. As Opta would have put it – Resurrection

3 – Ousmane Dembele is the youngest player to assist 3+ goals in a Champions League game since 2003/04 (19 yo & 6 months). He also scored his first goal in European competition yesterday!

4 – Borussia Dortmund are the 4th different team to score 5+ goals in the 1st half of a CL match (after Bayern Munich 3 times, Monaco & Shakhtar). What's with the Bundesliga teams and goal fests, eh?

5 - Thomas Tuchel is the only german coach besides Jürgen Klinsmann to stay undefeated in his first 5 CL games. Ambition.

Ronaldo sizes up a pass as he makes a successful return to his first professional club

21 - Real Madrid have reached the knockout stages of the CL in each of their 21 campaigns. They own this competition, don't they!

14 – Cristiano Ronaldo has now been directly involved in 14 goals (8 goals, 6 assists) in his last 10 competitive appearances for Real Madrid

0 - Cristiano Ronaldo failed to have a shot on target in a CL group game for the first time for Real Madrid. He didn't shoot?

3 – For the first time since 2010/11 Cristiano Ronaldo assisted a goal in 3 consecutive CL-matches. Unselfish player, that lad. 

32 - Cristiano Ronaldo has made 32 assists in the CL, at least five more than any other player (Giggs 27 - since 2003/04)

30 – Real Madrid are now unbeaten in their last 30 games in all competitions (Wins 25 Draws 5). and to think they aren't even playing that well. The club record, for those who are keeping tabs, is 34 under Leo Beenhakker in 1988-89

84 – No. of goals Real Madrid have scored in that period. (they play FIFA/PES in real life don't they?) 20 of them have come in the last five games!

7 - Real Madrid have already conceded more goals in the #UCL this season (7 ) than over the whole of last season (6 in 13 games)

6 - Karim Benzema has scored his 48th CL goal and is now joint 6th in the competition’s all-time scorers list with Ibrahimovic & Shevchenko. That is elite company

24 - Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 24 games across all competitions dating back to April. Zizou likes his goals, doesn't he?!

3 - Raphaël Varane has scored three goals in a single season for the first time for Real Madrid (all competitions). Yeah, when he's also scoring like this, you know Madrid are scoring for fun.

20 - Real Madrid have never failed to score against Portuguese opposition, in all competitions (39 goals)

Riyad Mahrez is certainly enjoying his time in Europe!

4 - Only Lionel Messi (7) has scored more goals than Mahrez (4) in the Champions League this season

5 – Claudio Ranieri has now qualified for the CL knock-out stages with 5 clubs (Chelsea, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan, Leicester). What a CV, eh?

4 - Leicester have won more games in the Champions League this season (4) than they have in the Premier League (3). That's how you prioritise!

4 – With Tottenham failing to qualify, this is the 4th time a London team has fallen at the first CL Group Stage (Arsenal 1998/99, 1999/2000 and Chelsea 2012/13).

9 - No goalkeeper has made more saves in a Champions League match this season than Lloris (9 vs Monaco). Still Lost. Oh you Spurs

0 - Vincent Janssen has yet to hit a shot on target for Spurs in the Champions League (236 minutes played). Ok, that sorta explains it. 

0 - Sevilla are also one of two teams yet to concede a goal in the CL this season, alongside Leicester. Woah Sampaoli, way to make an impression in Europe!

233  - Steven N’Zonzi has completed more passes in the opposition half than any other player in the CL this season. What a beast of a player!

Don’t you have math to do, kid?

2000 - Moise Kean has become the 1st player born in 2000 to feature in a CL game. God dammit I feel old now.  By the bye, he is the 6th youngest player in CL history, 16 yrs & 268 days

11 - Alexandre Lacazette has now scored 11 goals in his last 12 games across all competitions for Lyon. Hello, Premier League?

14 - Mathieu Valbuena has won none of his last 14 CL games (D1, L13), his last win coming v Inter Milan with Marseille on 22/02/12.

4 – Monaco have topped their CL group for the fourth time in a row (03/04, 04/05 and 14/15)

6 -  Dinamo Zagreb have failed to score in their last 6 CL - the record in the competition belongs to Deportivo La Coruna (8)

Stats courtesy the good folk at Opta and Squawka

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