10 curiosities about Champions League 4th round
After another Champions League round completed, there were 10 main curiosities that came up, provided by the 16 matches played during this 4th round.
Benfica suffered their fourth defeat in four matches, in what is the worst ever record of a Portuguese team in the competition. Benfica are one of only three teams yet to score a single point in the competition alongside Anderlecht and Feyenoord.
Two defenders making history
Kurzawa scored his first hat-trick in his football career. He is just the second defender who achieve such deed in the Champions League, with Kobiashvilli, playing for Schalke, being the first one to do such thing against PSV, back in 2005.
Barcelona and Besiktas have lost their statute of 100% success in the competition: now only Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG have won all four Champions League matches.
Napoli have conceded four goals at home for the first time in their history in the european competitions.
Chelsea equalized their biggest defeat in the Champions League (in 90 minutes) against AS Roma. Curiously, the other 3-0 defeat of the Blues also happened in Italy, against Juventus in 2012 – Antonio Conte was coaching Juve at that time.
25 goals mark
Neymar scored his 25th goal in the Champions League, equaling Jardel as the third Brazilian with more goals in the competition, only behind Kaka and Rivaldo. The PSG player is, along Cristiano Ronaldo, the only player to score in all four matches of the competition this season.
First defeat after 30 matches
Real Madrid have lost a match in a group stage more than five years later. The Merengues last defeat in a Champions League group stage had been in October 2012, Mourinho was the head coach at that time, against Dortmund by 2-1. From there, 30 games of the european champion followed without a single defeat.
54 years later
Tottenham won against a Spanish team 43 years later. Before this victory against Real Madrid, the Spurs had only won in 1963 against Atletico Madrid, in the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup final.
100 matches completed
Cesc Fàbregas completed his 100th match in the Champions League. He was the 9th Spanish ti reach this mark, after Casillas, Xavi, Raúl, Iniesta, Alonso, Puyol, Ramos and Valdés – and the only one who has never won the competition.
178 goals scored
Aguero scored his 178th goal wearing a Manchester City jersey, becoming the greatest goalscorer in the club history. Of those 178 goals, 24 were scored in the Champions League.