Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Opta Post-Match Facts: Champions League Match Day 1

Opta Post-Match Facts: Champions League MD1

FC Salzburg 6–2 KRC Genk

- FC Salzburg scored more goals in the opening 45 minutes (five) than they did through the entirety of their last Champions League campaign back in 1994/95 (four goals in six games).

- Genk (P13 W0 D7 L6), have now played more Champions League matches without ever winning that any other side in the competition’s history.

- The eight goals scored between Salzburg and Genk is the joint-highest number of goals in a Champions League MD1 encounter along with Hamburg 4-4 Juventus in 2000-01 and Olympiakos 6-2 Bayer Leverkusen in 2002-03.

- Hwang Hee-Chan, who netted Salzburg’s third goal in the first half, is the first South Korean to score a Champions League goal on their debut.

- Salzburg’s Erling Haaland - aged 19 years and 58 days - is the third youngest player to score a Champions League hat-trick, behind Raúl (18y 113d in 1995) and Wayne Rooney (18y 340d in 2004).

- FC Salzburg’s Erling Haaland became the first teenager to score more than once on his Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick for Manchester United against Fenerbahçe in September 2004.

- Erling Haaland’s three goals for Salzburg makes him the eighth different player to score a Champions League hat-trick on their debut after Marco van Basten, Faustino Aspirlla, Yakubu, Wayne Rooney, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Grafite, and Yacine Brahimi.

Napoli 2–0 Liverpool

- Napoli have now won five of their six Champions League home games against English opposition (L1 – a 2-4 defat to Man City in November 2017).

- Liverpool have lost their opening Champions League match of a new campaign for only the second time (P12 W6 D4 L2), and for the first time since a 0-2 defeat to Valencia in September 2002.

- Liverpool had more shots in the opening 22 minutes of this match (five) than they managed through the entirety of this exact fixture in the competition last season (four).

- Liverpool have lost six of their last eight away games in the Champions League (W2), as many as in their previous 25 such matches in the competition.

- Since the start of last season, only Nicolas Tagliafico (six) has received more yellow cards in the Champions League than Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (four).

- Napoli striker Dries Mertens has scored more Champions league goals than any other Belgian in the competition (11).

- Since a 2-0 win over Udinese as Borussia Dortmund boss, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lost on his last five visits to Italian sides in all competitions (P5 W0 D0 L5).

- Napoli striker Fernando Llorente has now scored a Champions League goal for four different clubs (Juventus, Sevilla, Spurs and Napoli) – the joint-most sides of all Spaniards alongside Fernando Morientes.

Borussia Dortmund 0–0 Barcelona

- Borussia Dortmund have failed to score in five of their last six matches in the Champions League, having scored in 12 games in a row before this run.

- Barcelona have failed to score in their opening match of a Champions League campaign for the first time since 2009-10 against Internazionale – their opponents won the competition that season.

- Barcelona are now unbeaten in their last 14 Champions League group stage matches against German sides (W11 D3), starting in October 2001 against Bayer Leverkusen.

- This was Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre’s 10th game as manager in the Champion League – in all 10 matches, at least one side has kept a clean sheet.

- Marc-André ter Stegen, who kept out a Marco Reus penalty in the 57th minute, has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League.

- Ansu Fati (16y 321d) has become the first 16-year old to appear for Barcelona in Champions League history, overtaking Bojan (17y 22d) as their youngest ever player in the competition.

Benfica 1–2 RB Leipzig

- Benfica have lost six of their last eight home matches in the Champions League group stages (W1 D1, as many as they had lost in their previous 27 such matches in this competition.

- RB Leipzig have won their third and fourth away matches in the Champions League by a combined four goals, after losing their first and second by a combined four goals.

- Benfica have lost five of their last six matches against German opposition in all European competitions (Bayern Munich x2, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt x2 & RB Leipzig).

- RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has now scored five goals in his last three away games in the Champions League, also against Monaco (x2) and Porto in 2017-18.

- RB Leizpig forward Timo Werner has scored seven goals in six appearances in all competitions this season – more than twice as many as any teammate.

Ajax 3-0 Lille

- Ajax ended a run of four home Champions League matches without a win (W0 D2 L2), with this their first since a 1-0 win over Benfica in last season’s group stage.

- Lille have never won their first Champions League match of a campaign, with this being their sixth attempt (W0 D2 L4).

- All five of the goals Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico has scored or assisted in the Champions League have come at the Johan Cruyff Arena (4 goals, 1 assist).

- Ajax midfielder Edson Álvarez became the first Mexican player to score on his Champions League debut.

- Including qualifiers, Lille are winless in 12 European matches (W0 D6 L6) since winning 2-0 against Grasshopper Club Zürich in a Champions League qualifier in July 2014.

- Ajax’s Quincy Promes has been involved in five goals in three home Champions League appearances (3 goals, 2 assists).

Chelsea 0-1 Valencia

- This was only Chelsea’s second defeat in their last 42 Champions League group stage games at Stamford Bridge (W30 D10 L2), with the other against Basel in 2013.

- Frank Lampard became the first Chelsea manager to lose his first Champions League match in charge – 10 of the previous 11 had won, while Gianluca Vialli drew with Milan in 1999.

- Valencia registered only their second away Champions League win in England (W2 D7 L3), with their first since winning 1-0 at Liverpool in October 2002.

- Chelsea lost their opening Champions League match of a campaign for only the second time, also losing in 2013-14 against Basel.

- Rodrigo Moreno netted only his third Champions League goal in his 25th appearance in the competition and his first in 10 appearances for Valencia.

- Ross Barkley was the first Englishman to take a penalty for Chelsea since Frank Lampard in April 2014 against Stoke City – both players missed their penalties.

- Chelsea became the first team since Liverpool in December 2008 against PSV (Darby, Kelly, Spearing) to hand three Champions League debuts to Englishmen aged 21 or younger in the same game (Abraham, Mount, Tomori).


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