Goals galore as Champions League goes into megadrive


It was an incredible start to Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League today, with goals galore across Europe, 40 in total, to be exact.

Luiz Adriano scored five of them for Shakhtar Donetsk in its 7-0 away win at BATE, equalling the record of most goals by a single player in a Champions League match. Lionel Messi scored five goals against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012.

In the process, Shakhtar became the first club to score six goals before half-time in a Champions League match.

Bayern and Shakhtar joined Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille as the only teams to score seven goals in a Champions League away match, Bayern demolishing Roma 7-1 in the Italian capital.

With 40 goals scored, it was the most second prolific day in Champions League history after the 44 that were scored on 1 October 1997. More matches were played on a single Matchday in those days, however.

The 21 goals scored before half-time on Matchday 3 is a record for the competition for the most goals on single day inside the first 45 minutes. That includes the early match, CSKA Moscow v Manchester City, which finished in a 2-2 draw.

Eight goals were scored from the penalty spot today. That is also a new Champions League Matchday record. The most penalties scored (excluding shootouts) was six on 13 September 2000 and 29 September 2010. Agim Ibraimi even missed a penalty for NK Maribor today, so that record could have been set higher. On both dates six penalties were scored, one penalty was also missed.

Clubs scoring 5 or more goals before half-time in a UCL match:

6 - BATE - Shakhtar 0-6 (21 October 2013)

5 - AS Roma - Bayern München 0-5 (21 October 2013)

5 - Bayern München-Lille OSC 6-1 (7 November 2012)

5 - AS Monaco-Deportivo La Coruña 8-3 (5 November 2003)

Clubs scoring 7 goals in a UCL away match

BATE - Shakhtar 0-7 (21 October 2013)

AS Roma - Bayern München 1-7 (21 October 2013)

Dinamo Zagreb - Olympique Lyon 1-7 (7 December 2011)

MSK Zilina - Olympique Marseille 0-7 (3 November 2010)

(All dates CEST)

Here are some more stats and facts from the matches today.

AS Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich

Bayern recorded its biggest away win in European competitions. Roma equal its biggest European defeat, 7-1 at Manchester United on 10 April 2007.

Bayern scored five goals before half-time in a Champions League match one time previously, against Lille on 7 November 2012, with current Roma coach Rudi Garcia the coach of Lille that match.

Thomas Muller scored his 23rd Champions League goal for Bayern, equalling Mario Gomez as top scorer for the club in the competition.

Robert Lewandowski scored his first Champions League goal for Bayern. He scored 17 for Borussia Dortmund.

Arjen Robben scored his 23rd and 24th Champions League goals, moving him just one behind Robin van Persie on the list of top Dutch goalscorers.

CSKA Moscow 2-2 Manchester City

CSKA Moscow ended a losing streak of six matches in Europe. The first of these defeats was its 2-1 home loss against Manchester City in last season's Champions League (23 October 2013).

City has now stayed winless in five European matches for the second time after a run of six in September-December 2012.

This was only the second time in 25 away matches in which an English team had a two-goal or more lead at half-time and failed to win. The first time was Liverpool's 4-4 draw at Chelsea in April 2009.

Sergio Aguero scored his fifth goal against CSKA in the Champions League, the most by any player.

James Milner scored his second Champions League goal for Man City. His two goals are the only Champions League goals scored by an English player from City's total of 38 in the competition.

FC Barcelona 3-1 Ajax

This was Barcelona's 67th home win the Champions League, one more than Manchester United. Only Real Madrid has more home wins, with a total of 75.

Lionel Messi scored his 69th Champions League goal, getting back level with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neymar scored the third fastest goal against Ajax in the Champions League. Only Sylvain Wiltord in 2003 (5 minutes) and Fredrik Ljungberg in 2005 (2 mintues) scored faster against Ajax in the Champions League, both for Arsenal.

APOEL Nicosia 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain

This was PSG's 90th win in European competitions, one behind Girondins Bordeaux. Lyon is the only other French club with more wins, 105.

This is the third time PSG has remained unbeaten in its first three Champions League matches of a season after 1994/1995 and 2013/2014.

Edinson Cavani scored his 11th Champions League goal today. Nine of those goals have given his teams the lead.

Chelsea 6-0 NK Maribor

Chelsea recorded its biggest Champions League win today. The Blues previously won 6-1 against Nordsjaelland and 5-0 against Genk and Galatasaray.

Chelsea has now scored at least once in each of its past 21 home matches in Europe, already a club record. It last failed to score at home in April 2011 (1-0 v Manchester United).

Didier Drogba scored his 43rd Champions League goal and surpassed Alessandro Del Piero in eighth place on the all-time top scorer list.

The past five penalties against Petr Cech in the Champions League have been missed. This includes penalty shootouts.

Schalke 04 4-3 Sporting CP

Schalke extended its perfect record in home matches against Portuguese clubs to five wins in five matches.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar has scored in each of the opening three matches of a Champions League season for the second time, after netting in the first four matches for Schalke in 2012/2013.

Nani scored his seventh goal in the Champions League equalling Nuno Gomes on fourth place of Portugese goalscorers in the competition. Deco is third on the list with eight goals.

Mauricio received the fourth red card for Sporting in the Champions League and first since 26 November 2008, when Rui Patricio received his marching orders.

FC Porto 2-1 Athletic Club

Porto has scored 10 Champions League goals this season. Previous, it had never scored more than six goals after their first three matches in the competition.

Athletic has now scored at least once in each of its past 15 away matches in all European cups, a team record. The last time it failed to score away from home was at Anderlecht on 25 February 2010 in the UEFA Europa League.

Ricardo Quaresma scored his first Champions League goal since 11 December 2007 when he scored against Besiktas. He scored all his four previous Champions League goals for Porto.

BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk equalled the biggest away win in the Champions League by any club. Olympique Marseille beat MSK Zilina 7-0 on 3 November 2010 in Slovakia.

Shakhtar became the first club in Champions League history to score six goals before half-time.

BATE Borisov has now conceded at least one goal in its past 15 Champions League matches, the longest-running streak of all teams participating in this season's competition.

Stats courtesy of Infostrada