Champions League round-up: 12-goal game upstages Real Madrid and Juventus on record-breaking night of action
The first 12-goal game in 25 Champions League seasons takes the spotlight from the defending champions advancing to the last 16
The first 12-goal game in 25 Champions League seasons took the spotlight from Real Madrid and Juventus advancing to the round of 16 on Tuesday.
It ended Borussia Dortmund 8, Legia Warsaw 4 – beating the Champions League’s previous best set by Monaco’s 8-3 win over Deportivo La Coruna in November 2003.
The record-breaking goal in stoppage time was an own goal forced by Germany forward Marco Reus, who scored twice in his comeback match after six months sidelined by injury.
“It was a bit of a surreal game and result,” Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.
Monaco lost their place in history but won group E with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham, who cannot now advance.
Real Madrid, the defending champions, won 2-1 in Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Sporting Lisbon but still trail Dortmund in group F ahead of their showdown match in Spain on December 7.
Juventus trailed early before beating 10-man Sevilla 3-1 to take top spot in group H.
Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 at CSKA Moscow to secure a runner-up finish in group E. Kevin Volland gave Leverkusen the lead in the 17th and Bibras Natcho scored a penalty in the 76th.
Leverkusen trail four points behind Monaco and lead Tottenham by three with a better head-to-head record.
Ronaldo, who left Sporting Lisbon as an 18-year-old for Manchester United, unwittingly assisted on Raphael Varane’s 29th-minute opening goal. A miscued attempted volley bounced off his left shin toward the France defender for a sweeping shot.
Sporting had midfielder Joao Pereira sent off before Adrien Silva converted a penalty in the 80th, awarded for handball against his Portugal teammate Fabio Coentrao.
Substitute Karim Benzema’s glancing header in the 87th made it 2-1 to Madrid and eliminated Sporting, who had to win.
Dortmund even trailed to Legia after 10 minutes, but led 3-1 by the 20th when Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa scored twice and Nuri Sahin benefited from a goalkeeping error.
Reus’s first goal in the 32nd minute made it 5-2 and set a Champions League record of seven goals before half-time.
The old goals record for a match was tied in the 83rd minute when Legia’s Nemanja Nikolic reduced the lead to 7-4, and was then broken in stoppage time with an own-goal from Legia captain Jakub Rzezniczak.
Still, Dortmund and Legia fell short of the 61-year-old competition record. In the 1969-70 European Cup, eventual winners Feyenoord beat KR of Iceland 12-2 in a first-round match.
Dortmund are two points clear in group F and need a draw in Madrid to ensure seeded status in the round of 16 draw.
In their debut season in the competition, Leicester lead group G by five points from Porto, who drew 0-0 in Copenhagen. Porto are two points clear of the Danish champions, and next host Leicester needing a win to ensure they advance.
Juventus ended Sevilla’s run of clean sheets, and took top spot with a 3-1 win on a hostile night in Spain.
Sevilla led in the ninth minute through defender Nicolas Pareja, but the match turned in the 36th on a second yellow card for their Italian midfielder Franco Vazquez.
Juventus levelled in first-half stoppage time when Claudio Marchisio converted a penalty awarded for shirt holding on defender Leonardo Bonucci.
By the time Bonucci’s late, long-range shot put the visitors ahead, Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli had been sent to the stands for heckling English referee Mark Clattenburg.
Forward Mario Mandzukic added a third in stoppage time, lifting Juventus one point clear in the group H.
Lyon trail three points behind Sevilla after Alexandre Lacazette’s late goal sealed a 1-0 win at Dinamo Zagreb. Lyon host Sevilla on December 7.
On a record night, Juventus finished their game with 16-year-old substitute Moise Kean – the first player born in this millennium to play in the Champions League.