Ah, the drama of the final day of the UEFA Champions League group stage. Nothing like it, is it? Spurs were out of the league, then back in and then topped their group. PSG were top of their group until Benfica went wild late, Atletico Madrid didn’t even reach the Europa League. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as 16 teams have qualified for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Napoli (1), Liverpool (2); Porto (1), Club Brugge (2); Bayern Munich (1), Inter Milan (2); Tottenham Hotspur (1), Eintracht Frankfurt (2); Chelsea (1), AC Milan (2); Real Madrid (1), RB Leipzig (2); Manchester City (1), Borussia Dortmund (2); Benfica (1), PSG (2).
In numbers has the best stats of the amazing action:
(The draw for the round of 16 will take place on November 7: details here)
Not a record Rangers would be proud of – the Scottish champions’ goal difference of -20 is the worst for a side that have lost all six CL group stage matches in the competition’s history (scored 2, conceded 22).
It’s quite incredible. For the first time in CL, two teams finished first in their group with the exact number of points, goals scored and goals conceded (Benfica and PSG with 14 points, 16 goals scored and 7 conceded).
Celtic (2) and Rangers (0) have only 2 points combined in their CL groups this season. This is the lowest combined tally ever recorded by teams from a single nation with more than one entrant during a season in the competition.
Bayern Munich finished the group stage with a perfect record of 6 games played – 6 wins, for the second time in a row. And third overall. (’22-’23, ’21-’22, ’19-’20). That’s the most times a team has finished a CL group with a perfect 6-of-6 record, beating a tie with Real Madrid (who have done so twice). No other club has done it more than once.
For the first time in eleven seasons, Atletico Madrid have not reached the round of 16 in any UEFA competition.
Barcelona have conceded 12 goals this UCL season, three more than in any other group stage since conceding 14 in the 1997-98 group stage.
Napoli’s winning streak ended at 13 (in all competitions), tied for the longest winning streak in all competitions by a Serie A side in the 21st century – along with 2015-16 Juventus and Inter Milano 2007-08.
This is one of those stats that has the power to stop you in your tracks. Rodrygo has now scored 13 CL goals for Real Madrid, the same amount as a number of his compatriots: Ronaldo.
Karim Benzema ended a CL group stage scoreless for the first time in his last 18 seasons in the competition. This streak of 17 consecutive seasons with a goal in the group stage is the 2nd longest in the history of the competition (since 1992-93), behind only the 18 consecutive seasons of Lionel Messi.
This is the 18th season in which Real Madrid have won their CL group: tying Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the most group stage 1st places in the competition’s history.
One for the pub quizzes, perhaps? At 37 years and 54 days, Luka Modric is the oldest player to score a penalty in the CL era, surpassing Burak Yilmaz’s previous record with Lille against Chelsea in March 2022 (36 years and 244 days).
Kylian Mbappe is now the youngest player to reach 40 UCL goals (23 years, 10 months and 13 days). He thus overtakes his illustrious teammate Lionel Messi (24 years, four months and eight days in November 2011).
Mbappé is also the 17th player to reach the milestone, and the third French player, after Thierry Henry (50) and Karim Benzema (86).
Mohamed Salah broke the tie with Steven Gerrard for most goals scored for Liverpool in European competitions with his 42nd goal, against Napoli.
Carlo Ancelotti has tied Alex Ferguson as the manager with the most wins in CL history.
Jurgen Klopp has now managed 400 games for Liverpool. He is only the fourth manager in club history to achieve this record after Bill Shankly (783), Tom Watson (742) and Bob Paisley (535).
Klopp is also the seventh manager to take charge of over 100 CL games. Only Pep Guardiola (61) has more wins in his first 100 games in charge in the competition than Klopp (58)