June 7, 2023

Ah, the drama of the last matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stages. Nothing quite like it, is there? Spurs were out of the league, then back in it then topped their group. PSG were topping their group till Benfica went on a late rampage, Atletico Madrid didn’t even make it to the Europa League. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as 16 teams qualified for the knockouts of the UEFA Champions League: 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).

By The Numbers has the best stats from the incredible action:

(The draw for the round-of-16 will be held 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 lost all six group stage games in the CL in the competition’s history (scored 2, conceded 22).


This is quite incredible. For the first time ever in the CL, two teams have finished top of 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) only earned a combined 2 points in their CL groups this season. This is the lowest ever combined tally by sides from a single nation with more than one entrant in a season in the competition

100% (6/6)

Bayern Munich ended the group stage with a perfect 6 games played – 6 wins record, for the second time in a row. And third overall. (’22-’23, ’21-’22, ’19-’20). That is the most times a team has finished a CL group with a perfect 6-out-of-6 record, beating a tie with Real Madrid (who have done it twice). No other club has done it more than once.


For the first time in eleven seasons, Atletico Madrid have failed to reach the knockout stages of any UEFA competition.


Barcelona conceded 12 goals this CL season, three more than it has in any other group stage since conceding 14 in the 1997-98 group stage.


Napoli’s winning streak ended at 13 (all competitions), tied for the longest win streak in all competitions by a Serie A side in the 21st century – with 2015-16 vintage Juventus and the 2007-08 Inter Milan side.


This is one of those stats which has the power to stop you in your tracks. Rodrygo has now scored 13 CL goals for Real Madrid, the same amount as a certain compatriot of his: Ronaldo.


Karim Benzema has ended a CL group stage without a goal for the first time in his last 18 seasons in the competition. That streak of 17 straight seasons with a goal in the group stage is the 2nd longest in the history of the competition (since 1992-93), behind only Lionel Messi’s 18 straight.


This is the 18th season in which Real Madrid have won their CL group: tying Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the most 1st place group stage finishes 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, moving past 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 overtakes his illustrious teammate Lionel Messi (24 years, four months and eight days in November 2011) in doing so.

Mbappe is also the 17th player to reach the milestone, and the third French player, after Thierry Henry (50) and Karim Benzema (86).


Mohamed Salah has broken a tie with Steven Gerrard for most goals scored for Liverpool in European competitions with his 42nd goal, against Napoli.


Carlo Ancelotti has equalled 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 reach that mark after Bill Shankly (783), Tom Watson (742) and Bob Paisley (535).

Klopp is also the seventh manager to take charge of 100+ CL games. Only Pep Guardiola (61) has more wins from his first 100 games in charge in the competition than Klopp (58)

(Stats courtesy ESPN’s Stats & Information Group)

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