The UEFA Champions League keeps on keeping on. English clubs did superbly – Manchester City swatted aside Olympiacos 3-0 and Liverpool eviscerated Atalanta 5-0. German clubs did even better – Borussia Monchengladbach steamrollered Shakthar Donetsk 6-0, and after an even 78 minutes (at which point the score was 2-2) Bayern Munich hulked out to beat RB Salzburg 6-2. And in the most anticipated fixture of the night, Real Madrid beat Inter Milan 3-2 at home in a thriller, for their first CL win of 2020. Their first!
Here are the best stats from Tuesday’s action:
A quite remarkable stat. This was Liverpool’s first away win in the CL Group Stage against a club from Europe’s top 5 leagues since 2008 (2-1 at Marseille; a Steven Gerrard brace).
Diogo Jota cannot stop scoring. Since the start of last season, Jota has scored three hat tricks in the CL and Europa League combined – the only player to have done so more than once.
Jota is, also, just the 3rd Portuguese player with a CL hat trick — joining all-time joint record holder Cristiano Ronaldo (8) and Rui Pedro (1).
Only two Real Madrid players have scored as many as 5 CL goals before turning 20. One is Raul Gonzalez. The other, Tuesday night’s match winner, Rodrygo.
Atalanta join Roma and Inter Milan (twice) as the only Italian clubs to concede 5 goals at home in the CL. In fact, Liverpool’s 5-0 win was the biggest ever by an English club away to Italian opposition in European competition.
Is the Simeone fortress crumbling on the continent? Atletico Madrid have conceded in each of their last five CL games, their longest run without a clean sheet in the competition since a run of seven between September 2009-October 2013.
This is the fourth time that Bayern Munich have scored 6 goals in an away CL game. That’s more than anyone else in the CL era (Real Madrid are next, with 3).
More six-goal-German goodness. Tuesday was just the second time in CL history that two teams scored 6+ away goals on the same day (the first was Oct. 21, 2014: Bayern Munich 7-1 AS Roma; Shakthar Donetsk 7-0 BATE Borisov). It is, obviously, the first time that two teams from the same country achieved the feat.
Diogo Jota’s hat trick was the 10th by a Liverpool player in European Cup history (since 1955-56). He’s the 9th different player to score one. The only player with two hat tricks for the 6-time winners? Graeme Souness.
Alassane Plea scored half of Monchengladbach’s goals on the night. His hat trick is the 12th scored by a French player in the CL – only Brazilian players (18) have netted more hat tricks in the competition.
Sergio Ramos has now scored 14 CL goals. That’s as many as his manager, Zinedine Zidane did.
Bayern Munich are now on a 15-game unbeaten streak away from home in the CL (12W-0L-3D). That’s the second longest in competition history behind Manchester United (who did it for 16 games straight from 2007-10).
Ferran Torres is the third-youngest player in CL history to score in four consecutive appearances, behind Kylian Mbappé (18y 120d) and Erling Haaland (19y 107d). Elite company, that.
Mohamed Salah equals a great Liverpool record. He has now scored 21 goals in the CL for the club, tying Steven Gerrard’s record for most in their European Cup history (since 1955-56).
Not everyone likes away games. Luis Suarez has now failed to score in his last 23 away games in the CL, last scoring on Sept. 16, 2015 at Roma for Barcelona. Five years!
Inter Milan are the 31st different team that Benzema has scored against in the CL. Only 3 players have scored against more teams (Lionel Messi – 36, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul – 33 each).
Robert Lewandowski is the 4th player to score 70 Champions League goals. He is now 1 goal shy of tying Raul for 3rd most in league history.
Sergio Ramos has now scored 100 goals for Real Madrid, 55 of them headers. Probably the most remarkable thing is that he isn’t even the first defender to hit the century mark for Madrid – the great Fernando Hierro had 127.
Ajax are European royalty, aren’t they? The Dutch giants are the sixth side ever to score at least 700 goals in European Club competitions, after Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Liverpool.
(Stats courtesy ESPN’s Stats & Information Group)