The UEFA Champions League has returned and all is right in the world again. What a start it was to the world’s biggest continental competition with plenty of action and plenty of goals. Usual suspects Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United were all 3-o victors, while several other matches provided as well. So much so that Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino had the opportunity to make history from the penalty spot.
Several matches contributed to four or more goals on matchday one which saw the goal tally equal the all-time record of 54 goals scored on the opening day set in 2013-14. These matches alone helped contribute to 32 goals, beating the 50 scored on the opening matchday of last season’s campaign, but falling short of setting a new all-time record in the current format.
- Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag
- Celtic 0-5 Paris St-Germain
- Olympiacos 2-3 Sporting Lisbon
- Feyenoord 0-4 Manchester City
- Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla
- FC Porto 1-3 Besiktas
- Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund
While a new goal scoring record was only equalled, not set, it was the first time that there has been 50 or more goals scored on matchday one in consecutive seasons. It also continues a trend – excluding the 2011-12 campaign – that has seen every season register at least 40 goals in the opening week in its current format.
- 2017-18: 54 goals
- 2016-17: 50 goals
- 2015-16: 48 goals
- 2014-15: 43 goals
- 2013-14: 54 goals
- 2012-13: 43 goals
- 2011-12: 32 goals
- 201o-11: 44 goals
- 2009-10: 37 goals
- 2008-09: 36 goals
- 2007-08: 36 goals
- 2006-07: 42 goals
- 2005-06 38 goals
- 2004-05: 31 goals
- 2003-04: 40 goals
The quality of football is always improving in the Champions League so expect the red-hot start to continue throughout the season. From the 54 goals scored in the 16 matches played it gave the Champions League an average of 3.38 goals per game.
If they stay on this trajectory than a new record for most goals scored in the competition could be set. Last season a new record of 380 goals with an average of 3.04 per match was recorded, and they are sure to avoid the 2005-06 low when only 294 goals were scored at an average of 2.35 per game.
The blame can’t solely go on Roberto Firmino, but the Brazilian forward let more than his teammates down this morning. He let an entire competition down.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 13, 2017