Five PSG goals and the minimum victory of Real Madrid
In the last round, “Brugge” sensationally took away points from “Real” on the road, but in their field could not do anything with the leader of the quartet in the person of “Paris Saint-Germain”. Wards of Thomas Tuchel sent five unanswered goals into the gate of his opponent and extended their winning streak in the Champions League.
The success of Parisians was determined by Di Maria, Icardi and Mbappé. Angel became the first PSG player since 2014, who was able to score three or more assists in the Champions League match. The last time Zlatan Ibrahimovic succeeded in this game with Dynamo Zagreb. Mauro scored twice and became the author of the 200th goal of the capital’s athletes in the tournament
The main character was Kilian, who scored a hat-trick in 23 minutes. Thanks to this, he became the first player since 2008 to score three goals after being replaced, as well as the youngest author of 15 goals in the history of the Champions League. This bar obeyed him at the age of 20 years and 306 days, which helped him get around Lionel Messi (21 years 288 days) and Raul (22 years 163 days).
On paper, the confrontation between Galatasaray and Real Madrid should have been no less productive. This was evidenced by the fact that in the previous six meetings the teams scored 4.67 goals per game on average, which made this duel one of the most attractive in Europe. True, this time the team was limited to just one goal. And this despite the fact that for two they struck 40 shots on goal.
Wards of Zinedine Zidane looked much more active and disturbed Fernando Musler 13 times, for which they were rewarded. Tony Kroos with a sweeping strike completed the chaos counterattack of Real Madrid and became the fifth player in history to have distinguished himself in his 100th match in the Champions League. Previously, Thierry Henry, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andrea Pirlo and Cristiano Ronaldo succeeded in this.
Bavaria record and Tottenham revival
Quartet B leaders face unexpected resistance from Olympiacos. Offenders of "Krasnodar" powerfully started and even stepped forward. Goal of Youssef El-Arabi might not have taken place, but the goal system (GLT) intervened. She showed that Neuer hit the ball already behind the line, which slightly spoiled his mood. So, for Manuel this match was the 103rd in the Champions League, which allowed him to be equal in this indicator with the record among German goalkeepers Oliver Kahn.
However, the middle of the meeting remained with Bavaria, which included Robert Lewandowski. The Pole scored twice and with 58 goals entered the top 5 top scorers in the history of the Champions League. Only Karim Benzema (60), Raul (71), Lionel Messi (112) and Cristiano Ronaldo (127) have more. In the period from the 75th to the 79th minute, Corenten Tolisso and Guillerme once distinguished themselves, but could not change the final state of affairs. Bayern won and set a club record for the duration of a win-win streak away at the championship. At the moment she is 11 games.
“Tottenham Hotspur” was able to partially rehabilitate for the humiliation in the game with Bayern and gain a second victory in the last seven meetings in all tournaments. The wards of Mauricio Pochettino followed the example of “Paris Saint-Germain” and scored five goals against the “Red Star”.
As in the case with the Parisians, the focus was on a trio of football players. Eric Lamela worked hard in his 200th match for the London club and chalked up a goal and two assists, and Harry Kane and Song Heung Min scored doubles. Moreover, the first of them helped to become the second scorer of the Champions League among the English with 16 goals. The lead midfielder of Manchester United, Pole Scholes, who has 19 exact shots.
It is noteworthy that the first three goals of Tottenham Hotspur came in the first 45 minutes, which was a unique achievement for Londoners. In the previous 39 matches in the Champions League, Spurs have never been so productive in the first half.
Stirling's rate of fire and Shakhtar comeback
Manchester City defeated Atalanta and helped Josep Guardiola to extend his impressive series in a confrontation with Italian teams. After this match, the Spaniard won 10 victories in 15 meetings with representatives of Serie A, among which there is only one defeat. It happened in 2010, when the Barcelona he led gave way to Inter.
Hope for the success of the Italians gave the Ukrainian Ruslan Malinovsky, who realized a penalty in the 28th minute. But this success has remained the only one for his partners. Sergio Aguero scored two goals in five minutes, and Rahim Sterling - three in twelve. Before him, only seven Englishmen had hat tricks in the Champions League. In addition to Kane, this peak was submitted to Michael Owen, Andrew Cole, Wayne Rooney, Mike Newell, Alan Shearer and Danny Welbeck.
Shakhtar lost points in the confrontation with Zagreb Dynamo. The wards of Luis Castro took the lead in the 16th minute, but by the end of the hour they were catching up. The guests answered the exact blow of Evgeny Konoplyanka with goals of Daniel Olmo and Mislav Orshich. Moreover, the Croat not only realized a penalty, but also acted as an assistant in the episode with the first goal.
The Donetsk team was able to restore parity only 15 minutes before the end of normal time. Dodo took advantage of Alan Patrick's gorgeous slash. This goal was the 80th for Shakhtar in a tournament sponsored by a Brazilian. Only in the "Barcelona" representatives of the pentacampones differed more often (85 goals).
Atletico's impenetrable defense and Morata's record
Atletico was expected to be a favorite in a home game against Bayer. In favor of the wards Diego Simeone said the difference in four points in the standings and a successful series of meetings with teams from Germany. So, in the last five games with the representatives of the Bundesliga, the “mattresses” did not concede a single goal, as a result of which they won four victories and only tied. The last defeat was completely dated 1996, when the capital's footballers lost to the Dortmund Borussia.
However, the hosts have traditionally spent the first half not in the best way. The team of Simeone for the eighth time of the season could not score in the first half, but he himself left his goal intact. They were able to rehabilitate themselves before their fans only in the ending itself, and Alvaro Morata acted as a savior. The forward not only brought victory to his team, but also became the first player in history to score in the Champions League for both Atletico and Real.