The Champions League is back with its usual drama and excitement. There were a lot of upsets in this game-week, Liverpool humbled by Red Star 2-0, Monaco lost 4-0 to Club Brugge and Man United shocking comeback win against Juventus. Through all of the frustration and happiness that occurred, fans could miss some important statistics. Here are some important things you might have missed this week:
Ronaldo ends goal drought
Although Ronaldo’s unbeaten run against his former Man United club ended on Wednesday, he ended his Champions League goal drought in style. Ronaldo scored a breathtaking opener to beat De Gea in the sixty-fifth minute. Ronaldo’s goal drought in the Champions League consisted of 20 shots in 453 minutes without a goal. Also, this was Ronaldo’s eighth first-game in the group stages. This means Ronaldo has now played more group stage matches than any other outfield player in the competition’s history.
Valencia grabs an important win
On Wednesday evening, Valencia grabbed a 3-1 win against Swiss club Young Boys. A brace from Santi Mina and Carlos Soler guided Valencia to their first Champions League win since October 2015. That was 1115 days ago. Valencia started the season on a bad note and currently sits in 15th place in the La Liga table. Valencia is third in Group H with 5 points, 4 points behind group leader Juventus.
Things get worse for Monaco
Monaco’s fifteenth game win-less streak continued on Tuesday when they suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Club Brugge. Monaco has not won a match since August and currently sits at the bottom of Ligue 1. Their 4-0 defeat is the heaviest home loss in Champions League history.
However, during their heaviest defeat, there was one thing which was not on a sad note. Han-Noah Massengo (17 years, 3 months, 30 days) became the youngest-ever French debutant in Champions League history. Also, Massengo is also the first player born in the 21st century to feature in the Champions League.
Liverpool away struggles
On Tuesday evening, Liverpool got an early wake-up call when they were humbled 2-0 by Red Star Belgrade. This is Liverpool’s third consecutive away loss for the first time in their history. The Reds have suffered a 4-2 defeat to Roma, 1-0 loss to Napoli and 2-0 against Red Star. Liverpool still remains at the top of their group on goal difference ahead of Napoli.
Benzema moves to seventh
Real Madrid continued to build upon their winning momentum after their 5-0 win against Plzen. Benzema scored a brace taking his goal tally since he joined Real Madrid to 201 goals. Benzema became the seventh player in Real Madrid’s history to score over 200 goals. However, he has a long way to go if he seeks to take the number one spot held by Cristiano Ronaldo with 450 goals.