Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw made Champions League history on Tuesday – with the 12 goals they shared the highest in a single match.
Thomas Tuchel’s side beat their Polish opponents 8-4 on a truly memorable evening in Germany.
It surpassed the 11 scored when Monaco beat Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 in 2003.
There were seven goals in 22 first-half minutes – and Legia ended up as the first side to score four goals in a Champions League match and still lose.
A RECORD-BREAKING EVENING
- It is the first time in Champions League history that eight players scored in a single match.
- Dortmund became the fourth team after Liverpool, Monaco and Real Madrid to score eight goals in a Champions League fixture.
- It was the first match in any European competition with 12 goals since Ajax defeated Luxembourg’s Red Boys Differdange 14-0 in the old Uefa Cup on 3 October 1984.
- Only one match in the history of the European Cup and Champions League has had more goals – that was when Dutch side Feyenoord beat KR of Iceland 12-2 in September 1969.
- Dortmund have now scored 14 goals against Legia this season – the most by any team against a single opponent in one Champions League campaign.
- Shinji Kagawa – once of Manchester United – scored two goals in just 76 seconds, the fastest double in Champions League history.
A DREAM RETURN FOR REUS
Dortmund’s Marco Reus celebrated his return after six months out by not only captaining the side but also by scoring a hat-trick.
“I was just happy to be there from the start,” said Reus, who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 because of injury.
“It is how you imagine your perfect comeback. I waited a long time for this and so it is even sweeter. The ball will be signed by everyone and will go on the shelf.”