After the first two games of the UEFA Champions League Group stage, we can begin to notice the clubs on their way to the knockout stage and the clubs who must win their upcoming matches to stay afloat in the competition. Here are 4 moments you might have missed during this week’s action-packed matches :
Only one Premier League still undefeated
Shockingly Manchester City lost in their first game against Lyon 2-1 at the Ethiad, Liverpool lost 1-0 to Napoli and Spurs losing to Inter and Barcelona. Therefore Manchester United is the only Premier League club which is currently undefeated. Although they have equaled their worst start to the Premier League season, life in the Champion League has not been too bad for the Red Devils. United won their first game 3-0 to Young Boys and then a boring 0-0 draw against Valencia at Old Trafford. This might give some United fans little bragging rights for now as they still have Ronaldo’s Old Trafford return with Juventus to look forward to.
2. Neymar equals Kaka’s record
PSG forward Neymar Jr. displayed a brilliant performance against Serbian club Red Star scoring a hat-trick to help his team to a 6-1 win. Neymar’s hat-trick brought his Champions League goal tally to 30 goals equalling his former Brazilian national team-mate Kaka. This Neymar is the joint-level with the best ever Brazilian goalscorer in the competition. Since his disappointing 2018 World Cup performance, Neymar has started the season in superb form scoring 10 goals and assisting 3 goals in 10 games across all competition.
3. Lopetegui under pressure
Real Madrid disappointing scoring form continues as Los Blancos lost to CSKA Moscow heaps pressure unto to Real boss by the press on why he stills allow Benzema to start. The French forward has started the season brilliantly but has failed to continue his form in last matches. Los Blancos have now failed to score in three consecutive matches. The last time this occurred was in 2007 under Fabio Capello’s tenure. This is the first time since April 2016 that Madrid has failed to score in a Champions League match. Since that period Madrid has scored 74 goals in the competition, averaging 2.5 goals per game.
4. Dzeko hat-tricks make history
Edin Dzeko hat-trick against Czech club Viktoria Plzen created two records at the same time. Dzeko became the first AS Roma player to score a hat-trick in the competition. Many fans would surprisingly think that this record was already achieved but not was Dzeko the first to do it for Roma, he was also the first player from Bosnia and Herzegovina to do so.