EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 28: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between PSV and FC Barcelona at Philips Stadion on November 28, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

7 Interesting Statistics From Champions League Matchday 5

We're getting to the business end of the Champions League group stages now, and as ever, we've seen some interesting developments.


For a few teams, the pressure is now off, while some other big hitters have been left with it all to do if they're to make the hat for the last 16. Amid all the madness, though, the chances are you've missed a few things.


Here's seven of the most interesting stats from Champions League matchday five. 

1. Messi Now Has the Most Goals for a Single Club in the Competition

The Champions League has been all about Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, but Messi  made his own slice of history in Barca's 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven.


His 106 goals for Barcelona mean he's scored more goals for a single club than any other player in the history of the tournament, overtaking Ronaldo's 105 for Real Madrid. He also had more shots on target, and more chances created than any other player on the park on the night.


Decent. 

2. Liverpool Lost All Three Away Matches for the First Time Ever

Liverpool's defeat to PSG means they have it all to do against Napoli on the last day, but it also marked the first time ever that they have lost all three away group games in a European competition.


It also means they've won only three of their last ten European matches away from home, beating Manchester City, Porto and Maribor in last season's competition.

3. James Milner Finally Lost a Game He Scored In

Finally, mercifully, James Milner has scored in a game...and lost. 


His first half penalty to half the deficit to 2-1 will have had many in-the-know Parisians fearing the worst, because in the 51 previous Premier League and Champions League matches he'd scored in, he'd avoided defeat every single time. 


All good things must come to an end though, eh?

4. Arjen Robben Scored Twice for the First Time in 4 Years

Arjen Robben has over 200 career goals spread across five clubs, but his double in Bayern's 5-1 win at Benfica was the first time in over four years that two of them have come in the same Champions League game. 


Last time he did, it was in a 7-1 win over Roma to put Bayern five clear of the Italians at the top of Group E in 2014. The German champions went as far as the semis that year, before losing out to Juventus.

5. Sergio Aguero Has the Second Longest Scoring Streak in the Competition's History

Aguero's header to equalise against Lyon means he has now scored in six consecutive Champions League matches - the second longest back-to-back scoring run in the competition's history.


In first place is Ronaldo, with, somehow, 12 consecutive games. Unlucky, Serg.

6. Manuel Akanji Made More Successful Passes Than Any Other Player in a Single Game

The days of Xavi and Iniesta are gone, and there's a new playmaker in town. Well, sort of...


Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji managed 160 successful passes in the Bundesliga leaders' 0-0 draw with Club Brugge - that's the most any player has managed in a single UCL match so far this season. 


In doing so, he helped them book a place in the knockout stages along with group leaders Atletico Madrid, so he could be one to watch on the European stage in the months to come. 

7. Neymar Became the Top Scoring Brazilian in UCL History

Neymar's goal against Liverpool was his 31st in the Champions League, meaning he surpassed Kaka to become the top scoring Brazilian in the history of the competition.


One more, and he'll overtake Rivaldo and become the top scoring Brazilian in any major European competition (since all his goals came in the European Cup.)


Elsewhere in Group C, Dries Mertens double against Red Star Belgrade mean he's the top scoring Belgian in the competition with 10.