Uefa Champions League goes goal-mad


Away to FC BATE, Shakhtar set a new record by becoming the first side to score six first-half goals in the Champions League, and Adriano, in netting five, equalled Lionel Messi’s record for goals scored by an individual in a Champions League match.

But as impressive as the Ukrainians were in their 7-0 win in Belarus, the German champions were even better, destroying high-riding Roma 7-1 in Rome, displaying their own brand of power tiki-taka with Arjen Robben at his imperious best.

The only other time Roma had conceded seven goals on home turf was 7-0 against Il Grande Torino in the 1940s. This season they had let in just one goal at the Olimpico, winning all five competitive games.

The night began with an early kick-off in Moscow, Manchester City cruising into a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead before it was all undone by a controversial late penalty award and they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against CSKA, yet another sign that the English champions have not yet mastered Champions League football.

No such problems for Premiership Leaders, Chelsea who romped into a 3-0 half-time lead over Maribor despite the absence of star striker Diego Costa via goals from Remy, Drogba from the spot and Terry following a lung-busting run from his own half. An own-goal and two late strikes by Hazard completed a satisfying night in London.

In another high-scoring thriller, Sporting – reduced to 10 men when Nascimento Mauricio was dismissed for a foolish second booking in the first half – pushed hosts Schalke all the way before succumbing 4-3.

And in Spain, Barcelona put a game Ajax to the sword winning 3-1 against the Dutch champions who were missing their South African midfielder, Thulani Serero.

Spare a thought for Ivorian striker Gervinho; Roma’s brightest player on the night, his goal after the hour was the first past Manuel Neuer in nine matches – to no avail.

Group E

CSKA Moscow (0) 2 (Seydou Doumbia 64 Bebras Natcho 86pen)
Man City (2) 2  (Sergio Aguero 29 James Milner 37)
Roma (0) 1 (Gervinho 66)
Bayern Munich (5) 7 (Arjen Robben 9, 30 Mario Gotze 23 Robert Lewandowski 25 Thomas Muller 36 pen Franck Ribery 78 Xherdan Shaqiri 80)
Group F

Barcelona (2) 3 (Neymar 7 Lionel Messi 24 Sandro 90+3)
Ajax (0) 1 (Anwar El Ghazi 88)
PSG (0) 1 (Edinson Cavani 87)
Group G

Chelsea (3) 6 (Loic Remy 13 Didier Drogba 23 pen John Terry 31 Mitja Viler 54 og Eden Hazard 77 pen, 90)
Maribor 0
Schalke (1) 4 (Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke 34 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 51 Benedikt Howedes 60 Eric Choupo-Moting 90+2 pen)
Sporting (1) 3 (Luis Nani 16 Sebastien Silva 64 pen, 78)
Group H

Shakhtar Donetsk (6) 7 (Santos Alex Teixeira 11 Da Silva Luiz Adriano 28 pen, 37, 40, 44, 90+2 pen De Souza Douglas Costa 35)

Porto (1) 2 (Hector Herrera 45 Ricardo Quaresma 75)
Athletic Bilbao (0) 1 (Fernandez Guillermo 58)