UEFA Champions League: Goals Galore on Matchday 3

The Tuesday slate of Champions League fixtures for Matchday 3 brought on a seemingly unprecedented onslaught of goals. Bayern Munich and Shakhtar Donetsk led the charge by scoring seven against AS Roma and BATE Borisov, respectively.

 

Chelsea was just one off the pace with their 6-nil thumping of NK Maribor at Stamford Bridge.

 

All in all a total of 40 goals were scored in just eight matches. That eclipses the entire goal mark of Matchday 2 (16 matches) in which 39 total goals were scored.

 

Shakhtar’s barrage on Belarusian outfit BATE was swift and unrelenting as Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano scored four of the team’s six first-half goals including the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history (seven minutes), as per ESPN FC. The 27-year old striker added a fifth for good measure in the second half. No less impressive was the fact that this was a road match for Shakhtar.

 

 

 

Bayern Munich’s feat may have trumped the Ukranian juggernaut with its 7-1 mauling of Roma (last year’s Serie A runners-up) at the Stadio Olimpico. Arjen Robben led Die Roten’s balanced scoring attack with two first-half goals. Bayern scored a total of five in the first half (Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller the others) and two in the second half (Franck Ribery, Xherdan Shaqiri). Gervinho had the lone Roma goal.

 

Chelsea got a brace from Eden Hazard and goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Loic Remy (as well as a Maribor own goal) in their 6-0 dispatch of the Slovenian minnows.

 

Schalke and Sporting Lisbon put on a seven-goal thriller at the Veltins Arena that culminated in a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot by Schalke’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Schalke took the see-saw affair, 4-3.

 

Barcelona put three past Ajax in their 3-1 defeat of the Eredivisie champs at the Camp Nou. Neymar, Lionel Messi and Sandro Ramirez did the honors.

 

 

 

CSKA Moscow and Manchester City drew 2-2 in Moscow and Porto defeated Athletic Bilbao 2-1 at the Estadio Do Dragao.

 

The only outlier on the day was PSG’s 1-0 defeat of APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus. Edinson Cavani found the winner in the 87th minute.

 

Eight more matches to follow on Wednesday, quite an act to follow.

 

-M.F. DiBella

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