10 Interesting Stats from Champions League Matchday 3

0 – Anderlecht and Austria Vienna are the only two clubs without a goal in this season’s competition.

1 – Zlatan Ibrahimović scored his first hat-trick in the Champions League on Wednesday. He completed it inside 36 minutes before adding a fourth in the second half during a 5-0 thrashing of Anderlecht in Belgium. The Swedish star has scored for six different clubs in the competition but never before had he netted 3 goals in a game.

3 – Arsenal’s last three Champions League defeats at the Emirates Stadium have all been against German sides (Schalke 04, Bayern Munich & Borussia Dortmund).

4 – Zlatan Ibrahimović became only the 10th player to score 4 goals in a single Champions League game since the competition was rebranded in 1992. His nine predecessors were Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado Pršo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andriy Shevchenko, Lionel Messi, Bafétimbi Gomis, Mario Gómez and Robert Lewandowski.

6 – FC Porto’s Héctor Herrera was sent off after receiving two yellow cards inside the opening 6 minutes of their Tuesday night defeat at home to Zenit St. Petersburg. The Russian opponents scored the winning goals with less than 6 minutes remaining.

7 – Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored 7 goals in this season’s competition. Only five players scored more than that throughout the entirety of last season’s competition and only Zlatan Ibrahimović (6) and Lionel Messi (4) have more than 3 goals this season.

9 – Atlético Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are the last four remaining sides to have taken maximum points from their opening three group stage matches.

26 – Lionel Messi has scored 26 goals in his last 23 Champions League matches. He has a total of 63 in the competition, second only to Raúl in the all-time top scorers list.

27 – German Bundesliga sides have picked up the most points in this season’s competition so far. Bayern Munich (9), Bayer Leverkusen (6), Borussia Dortmund (6) and Schalke 04 (6) have all won at least two of their three games and all sit in the top two in their group. English and Spanish side’s have 25 points each, whilst the three Italian sides have combined for 13 points.

69 – Iñigo Martínez’s own goal that gave Manchester United the lead after 69 seconds is the earliest goal in this season’s Champions League so far.

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