UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHDAY 4 ENDS WITH TEAMS SECURING A PLACE IN KNOCKOUT STAGES, LEWANDOWSKI AND HAALAND SET RECORDS

The UCL saw the matchday 4 come to an end after what was an astonishing two days of drama and excitement. Teams booked their places in the knockout stages of the competition whilst others will battle for a place in the knockout stages and the Europa League in the remaining matchweeks. Lewandowski and Haaland, who have been the two most prolific strikers in Europe’s top 5 leagues set records as they helped their teams seal 3 points against their respective opponents.

The matchweek started with Chelsea battling Rennes whilst Sevilla took on Krasnodar at the same time. Chelsea won the match with a Giroud late winner and booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition. Sevilla also booked their place in the knockout stages following a late winning goal from Munir El Haddadi. They are both tied at 10 points and the winner of their next encounter tops the group. Rennes and Krasnodar will be competing for the Europa spot. Dortmund won 3-0 against Club Brugge to move top. Haaland scored 2 goals to move his UCL tally to 16 goals , reaching this tally faster than any player in the competition’s history. He needed just 12 matches whilst Ruud Van Nistelrooy reached this feat in 15 matches. He will be looking forward to being the fastest player to reach 20 goals with the record currently being held by Kane after achieving this feat in just 24 matches. Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win against Dynamo Kyiv and sealed their place in the knockout stages. A late Morata winner sealed Juventus’ place as well. Ronaldo netted his first UCL goal of the season meaning he has now scored in 15 consecutive seasons, with only Messi and Benzema netting in 16.

Manchester United won against Istanbul Basakehir and a draw against PSG next week will be enough to book their place in the knockout stages. Bayern Munich won against Salzburg and following Atletico Madrid’s draw, it meant the German giants have already finished first in the group and the other three would have to battle for 3rd place and a spot in the Europa League. Lewandowski’s goal against Salzburg means he now has 71 UCL goals and now joins Raul as the 3rd top scorers in the competition’s history. Manchester City also booked their place in the knockout stages with a 1-0 win against Olympiacos. Liverpool still tops their group despite losing 2-0 against Atalanta after failing to register even a single shot on target. Ajax and Atalanta are all tied on seven points.

Haaland leapfrogged Rashford and Morata to the top scoring chart with 6 goals. Cuadrado and Kevin De Bruyne are the competition’s top assist providers. Bayern Munich are on a 15 match winning streak which is the highest ever in the competition’s history, the 2nd highest being 10.

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