The Highest-Scoring Champions League Games of All-Time

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The Highest-Scoring Champions League Games of All-Time

Bayern Munich's 8-2 victory over Barcelona will go down as both one of the most memorable Champions League games of all-time and one of the best performances on the European stage ever.

From the first whistle, the Bundesliga champions begin to get into the flow and once Thomas Muller made it four just after the half-hour mark, it quickly became a matter of how many. It truly was one of the greatest displays of attacking football in Champions League history and it will forever be ingrained in the folklore of this famous competition.

Here, we take a trip down memory lane to look at the other highest-scoring Champions League games of all-time.

Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas - 2007

Starting off with the biggest joint-biggest win in Champions League history we have Liverpool’s emphatic 8-0 win over Besiktas during the 2007/08 group stage.

A Peter Crouch opener got Liverpool off to a good start with Yossi Benayoun scoring a hat-trick within 56 minutes. Steven Gerard joined in with the goals as well as Ryan Babel, who scored a brace before Crouch bagged his second in the 89th minute.

It's Liverpool's biggest win at Anfield in the modern era and the biggest joint-biggest Champions League win of all-time.

Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo - 2015

Moving onto the other biggest win in Champions League history with Real Madrid facing Swedish side Malmo. The travellers were fully expected to leave the Bernabeu with nothing when they faced Madrid in the final Group A game of the 2015/16 season, but to lose 8-0 was beyond unexpected.

Despite Karim Benzema scoring a hat-trick within 74 minutes, the game was dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo who scored an incredible four goals in 19 minutes with Mateo Kovacic also getting on the scoresheet to seal the joint biggest win in Champions League history.

Manchester United 7-1 Roma - 2007

Next up, we’ve got Manchester United’s 7-1 victory over Roma at Old Trafford during the 2006/07 season in what will always be remembered as one the club's greatest Champions League nights.

A spectacular brace from Michael Carrick off all people stole the show as well as an emphatic goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. Ex-Leeds United man Alan Smith also got in on the act, as well as Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra to give United an 8-3 aggregate win

A tremendous volley from Daniele De Rossi was overlooked because of the scoreline, but this goal made sure the game finished 7-1.

Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich - 2014

Unfortunately for Roma, they are on the wrong side of another 7-1 demolition, with the German powerhouse, Bayern, involved again in this one.

Pep Guardiola's men were the 7-1 winners in a 2014/15 group stage match as Bayern got off to a quick start thanks to an Arjen Robben opener after 9 minutes. Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Muller bagged later on, before Robben scored another make it 5-0 before half-time.

Like De Rossi seven years prior, Gervinho scored a consolation goal for Roma before Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed off a 7-1 win defeat and yet another historic win for Bayern.

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Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma - 2015

Roma are back again, but this time, their third involvement in this list isn’t a defeat, but a 4-4 draw away to Bayer Leverkusen during the 2015/16 group stage.

It looked like the Italian outfit were on their way to another dismal defeat when they went 2-0 down just 19 minutes thanks to a Javier Hernandez brace, athough, De Rossi scored a brace to make it 2-2 before half-time.

Goals from Miralem Pjanic and Iago Falque put Roma 4-2 up in a memorable game and seemingly set them up for a victory before late goals from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi rescued a point for Leverkusen.

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Manchester City 5-3 Monaco - 2017

Monaco’s visit to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City was a memorable one which involved eight goals in a 5-3 defeat for the French side.

Raheem Sterling put City in front before former Manchester United man Radamel Falcao equalised six minutes later with a fabulous goal. Then, an 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe put Monaco in front five minutes before half-time.

Sergio Aguero’s goal temporarily brought the home side level before Radamel Falcao bagged his second three minutes later, but another set of goals from Aguero, one from John Stones and Leroy Sane within 11 minutes gave City a two goal advantage going into the second leg, where Monaco would win 3-1 to go through on aggregate.

PSG 7-1 Celtic - 2017

After Moussa Dembele’s opener inside the first two minutes, it looked like Celtic were on course to get a result against Paris Saint-Germain when they travelled to Paris during the 2017/18 group stage.

Celtic's lead didn’t last long as Neymar scored eight minutes later and sealed a brace after 22 minutes. Edinson Cavani also got his name on the scoresheet before Kylian Mbappe gave PSG a 4-1 lead going into half-time.

The French side had no intention of lowering the intensity as Marco Veratti grabbed himself a goal before Cavani scored his second of the game. Dani Alves sealed off the win after scoring in the 80th minute to round off a big PSG's biggest win in Champions League history.

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RB Salzburg 6-2 Genk - 2019

Moving onto the games more fresh in the memory sees a high scoring group stage game with RB Salzburg and Genk meet in a 6-2 win for the Austrian outfit.

The game will be remembered for Erling Braut Haaland’s historic display where he became the fourth teenager to score a Champions League hat-trick after his three goals as well as goals from Hwang Hee-chan and Dominik Szoboszlai put Salzburg 5-1 up at half-time.

Mbwana Samatta gave Genk hope of a comeback when he scored seven minutes into the second half, but Andreas Ulmer sealed the victory for Salzburg.

Chelsea 4-4 Ajax - 2019

Chelsea’s 4-4 with Ajax last season was one of the most incredible nights in Stamford Bridge's illustrious Champions League history, as the Blues looked down and out at one stage in the game.

Frank Lampard's men got off to a terrible start after Tammy Abraham's own goal inside two minutes, but Jorginho’s penalty two minutes later brought Chelsea level.

A goal from Quincy Promes and an own goal from Kepa gave Ajax a 3-1 lead at half-time before Donny Van de Beek put Ajax 4-1 up after 55 minutes in a shocking sequence of events in west London.

After both Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off Chelsea were left with a chance to overturn a near impossible result and Cesar Azpilicueta scored eight minutes later to give them hope before Jorginho scored his second penalty to make it 3-4.

Reece James scored three minutes later to make it 4-4 in a ridiculous game at the Bridge. Chelsea even thought they had won it when Azpilicueta looked to have scored his second of the game until VAR disallowed the goal due to a handball from Tammy Abraham.

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PSG 7-2 Rosenborg - 2000

The first Champions League game to involve nine goals came between PSG and Rosenborg during the 2000/01 group stage where the French side beat the away team 7-2.

Frederic Dehu, Christian and Nicolas Anelka put PSG 3-0 up after 35 minutes before Christer George scored a brace in two minutes to bring Rosenborg back into the game. Their comeback didn’t last long, however, as Peter Luccin scored just before half time to give PSG a 4-2 lead going into the second 45.

Laurent Leroy made it five and Laurent Robert converted an 87th minute penalty to make it 6-2 before Anelka scored his second of the game to make it 7-2.

Lyon 7-2 Werder Bremen - 2005

Staying with French teams, we have Lyon’s win over Werder Bremen during the 2004/05 round of 16 which also ended 7-2.

After winning the first leg 3-0, Lyon were well on their way to qualify for the quarter-finals and didn’t take any chances as they were 2-0 up after 17 minutes thanks to goals from Sylvain Wiltord and Michael Essien.

Johan Micoud scored Bremen’s first goal of the tie and brought the game to 2-1 and 5-1 on aggregate. Lyon continued to pile on the pressure during the second half with Wiltord scoring a hat-trick as well as Florent Malouda and Jeremy Berthod both netting goals.

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Villarreal 6-3 Aalborg - 2008

Going back to Spain we’ve got Villarreal’s 6-3 win over Aalborg during the 2008/09 group stage. Aalborg took the lead in Spain through Marek Saganowski in the 19th minute before Guiseppe Rossi scored Villarreal’s equaliser nine minutes later.

Joan Capdevila’s goal looked to have set Villarreal up for victory before Thomas Enevoldsen brought Aalborg level three minutes later. A second half hat-trick from Joseba Llorente and a goal from Robert Pires sealed the win for Villareal after Andreas Johansson scored Aalborg’s third.

Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich - 2019

Another match in recent memory match comes in the form of Tottenham Hotspur's heavy defeat to Bayern as the German giants ran riot yet again.

Spurs got off to a perfect start after Son Heung-min put them ahead after 12 minutes, but unfortunately for Tottenham, they weren’t able to hold their lead for long as Joshua Kimmich scored three minutes later to bring Bayern level.

Then, Lewandowski scored just before half time to make it 1-2 and the floodgates would soon open in the second 45. Of all players to inflict such a devastating victory, it was former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry who scored a sensational four goals in 35 minutes in the second half.

Another from Lewandowksi would also come and a Harry Kane penalty sealed a 7-2 win for Bayern and the start of Mauricio Pochettino's end as Spurs' manager.

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Monaco 8-3 Deportivo La Coruña - 2003

The second-highest scoring Champions League game involves Monaco once again and their huge 8-3 win over Deportivo during the 2003/04 group stage.

Monaco got off to a flying start as goals from Jerome Rothen, Ludovic Giuly and a hat-trick from Dado Prso put 5-1 up at half-time. Second half goals from Jaroslav Plasil, Edouard Cisse and a fourth from Prso sealed a big win for Monaco and made them the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League game.

Monaco would reach the final that year, but this game will go down as one of their greatest ever in Champions League history.

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich - 2020

Although Bayern's jaw-dropping victory over Barcelona isn't the highest-scoring European game of all-time, it is perhaps the greatest considering the calibre of the two sides.

The game was at one stage 1-1 after a Muller opener and a David Alaba own goal for Barcelona, but just 24 minutes later, Ivan Perisic, Gnabry and Muller made it an extraordinary 4-1 before half time.

Luis Suarez's tidy goal would make it 4-2 and spark slight hope for Barcelona, but Kimmich would eradicate any hope with his goal just six minutes later.

A Bayern rout wouldn't have been complete without Lewandowski who added the club's sixth, before on loan Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho added two more off the bench.

It was a truly astonishing sequence of events, in arguably the most memorable Champions League quarter-final they'll ever be.

Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw - 2016

Concluding things with the highest-scoring Champions League game in history as Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw played out a truly mesmerising fixture in the 2016/17 group stage.

The game was back and forth inside the first 25 minutes, as a Shinji Kagawa double and a Nuri Sahin goal gave Dortmund three goals, whilst a Aleksander Prijovic brace kept things at 3-2.

However, soon after, Marco Reus and Ousmane Dembele gave the home side a 5-2 lead, before Reus added another to make it six. Michal Kucharczyk would pull one back for Legia before Felix Passlack and Jakub Rzezniczak added two more to make it eight for Dortmund.

Nemanja Nikolic concluded proceedings for Legia to finish the game for them and extraordinary 8-4 scoreline would become the highest-scoring game in Champions League history.

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