The highest-scoring Champions League games

After Chelsea’s breathtaking 4-4 draw with Ajax during Tuesday evening’s Champions League group stage game we got thinking about other high scoring Champions League games, more specifically, the highest-scoring Champions League games. We’ve went on a trip down memory lane and looked at the highest-scoring games in Champions League history.

Liverpool 8-0 Besiktas - 2007

Starting off, we’ve got Liverpool’s emphatic 8-0 victory over Besiktas during the 07/08 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 scored his second in the 89th minute to give Liverpool the biggest victory 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 06/07 season. A brace from Michael Carrick and Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as goals from Alan Smith, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra, gave Manchester United an 8-3 aggregate win over the Italian side, with Daniele De Rossi scoring a consolation goal for Roma.

Roma 1-7 Bayern Munich - 2014

Unfortunately for Roma, they are on the wrong side of an 8 goal game once again when they were beaten 7-1 by Bayern Munich during the 14/15 group stage. Bayern got off to a quick start thanks to an Arjen Robben opener after 9 minutes, with Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller also getting on the scoresheet before Robben got a brace to make it 5-0 before half-time. Gervinho scored a consolation goal for Roma before Franck Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed off a 7-1 win for Bayern.

Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma - 2015

Roma’s third involvement in this list isn’t a defeat, but their 4-4 draw away to Bayer Leverkusen during the 15/16 group stage. It looked like Roma were on their way to another defeat after they went 2-0 down after 19 minutes thanks to a Javier Hernandez brace before Daniele De Rossi also scored a brace to make it 2-2 before half-time. Goals from Miralem Pjanic and Iago Falque put Roma 4-2 up and set them up for a victory before late goals from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi rescued a point for Leverkusen.

Real Madrid 8-0 Malmo - 2015

Swedish side Malmo were fully expected to leave the Bernabeu with nothing when they faced Real Madrid in the final Group A game of the 15/16 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 4 goals in 19 minutes with Mateo Kovacic also getting on the scoresheet to seal the joint biggest win in Champions League history.

Manchester City 5-3 Monaco - 2017

Monaco’s visit to Manchester to face Manchester city was a memorable one which involved 8 goals in a 5-3 defeat. Raheem Sterling put City in front before former Manchester United man Radamel Falcao equalised 6 minutes later with Kylian Mbappe putting Monaco in front 5 minutes before half-time. Sergio Aguero’s goal temporarily brought City level before Radamel Falcao bagged his second 3 minutes later, but 3 goals from Aguero, John Stones and Leroy Sane within 11 minutes gave City a 2 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 after 1 minute, it looked like Celtic were on course to get a result against PSG when they travelled to Paris during the 17/18 group stage. That lead didn’t last long as Neymar scored 8 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. PSG 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 win for PSG, and a night to forget for Celtic.

RB Salzburg 6-2 Genk - 2019

The first of 3 2019 games sees us go to Austria as RB Salzburg beat Genk 6-2 during the first gameweek 0f the 19/20 group stage. 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 3 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 7 minutes into the second half, but Andreas Ulmer sealed the victory for Salzburg.

Chelsea 4-4 Ajax - 2019

The most recent game and the main reason for this list is Chelsea’s 4-4 with Ajax on Tuesday evening. Chelsea got off to a terrible start after Tammy Abraham's own goal after 2 minutes, but Jorginho’s converted penalty 2 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. Cesar Azpilicueta scored 8 minutes later to give Chelsea hope before Jorginho scored his second penalty of the game to make it 3-4 after Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were both sent off. Reece James scored 3 minutes later to make it 4-4 and Chelsea 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.

PSG 7-2 Rosenborg - 2000

The first Champions League game to involve 9 goals was between PSG and Rosenborg during the 00/01 group stage where PSG recorded a dominant victory by beating Rosenborg 7-2. Frederic Dehu, Christian and Nicolas Anelka put PSG 3-0 up after 35 minutes before Christer George scored a brace in 2 minutes to bring Rosenborg back into the game. The Rosenborg comeback didn’t last long as Peter Luccin scores just before half-time to give PSG a 4-2 lead going into the second half. Laurent Leroy made it 5 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 04/05 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 before Johan Micoud scored Bremen’s first goal of the tie. 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 who also found themselves on the scoresheet.

Villarreal 6-3 Aalborg - 2008

Going back to Spain we’ve got Villarreal’s 6-3 win over Aalborg during the 08/09 group stage. Aalborg took the lead in Spain through Marek Saganowski in the 19th minute before Guiseppe Rossi scored Villarreal’s equaliser 9 minutes later. Joan Capdevila’s goal looked to have set Villarreal up for victory before Thomas Enevoldsen brought Aalborg level 3 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 2019 match comes in the form of Tottenham’s heavy defeat to Tottenham during this season’s group stage. Tottenham got off to a perfect start after Heung-min Son put them ahead after 12 minutes, unfortunately for Tottenham, they weren’t able to hold their lead for long as Joshua Kimmich scored 3 minutes later to bring Bayern level before Robert Lewandowski scored just before half-time to make it 1-2. The second half saw former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry put on a show as he scored 4 goals in 35 minutes. A second goal from Robert Lewandowksi and a Harry Kane penalty sealed a 7-2 win for Bayern and a humiliating defeat for Tottenham.

Monaco 8-3 Deportivo La Coruña - 2003

The second highest scoring Champions League game (as of today anyway) involves Monaco once again, more specifically their huge 8-3 win over Deportivo during the 03/04 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 8 goals in a Champions League game.

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