Aside from Real Madrid CF winning a tenth title, on matchday five, FC Bayern München became the first team to win ten successive UEFA Champions League matches with their 3-1 victory at PFC CSKA Moskva, surpassing the previous record of nine straight wins set by FC Barcelona between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003. Their defeat by Manchester City FC next time out meant Bayern failed to become only the sixth club to win all six games in a group stage, after AC Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), FC Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03) and Real Madrid CF (2011/12).
Cristiano Ronaldo began the group stage with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 6-1 win at Galatasaray AŞ and barely stopped scoring thereafter; two goals against both FC København and Juventus followed on matchdays two and three, before one more in the reverse fixture against both teams established a new group stage record. There were two goals in each leg of the round of 16 tie with FC Schalke 04 and one more in the quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund. Indeed, it was not until the semi-final first leg against Bayern – his ninth appearance of the season – that Ronaldo failed to find the net. He made up for that in Germany, where his two goals broke the record for a European Cup campaign, and his penalty in Lisbon further increased his record.
On matchday two, two UEFA Champions League fixtures were played at the same venue within 24 hours for the first time: the Stadion Petrovski in St Petersburg. FC Zenit took on FK Austria Wien on Tuesday with PFC CSKA Moskva facing FC Viktoria Plzeň the following day, in a match moved from Moscow due to the pitch conditions at the Arena Khimki.
The own goal by Real Sociedad de Fútbol defender Iñigo Martínez after 69 seconds against Manchester United FC at Old Trafford on matchday three was the fastest ever in the UEFA Champions League, coming 20 seconds earlier than the one scored by FC Unirea Urziceni's Ricardo Gomes Vilana in the club's 4-1 win against Rangers FC at Ibrox on 20 September 2009.
Roman Kienast's goal at FC Porto on matchday five was a first in the group stage for debutants FK Austria Wien and meant that all 128 teams who have taken part in the UEFA Champions League proper had scored at least once.
On matchday four, the 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad was the 20th time a match involving Manchester United has ended goalless, equalling Milan's competition record. With FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer 04 Leverkusen drawing 0-0 in Group A's other fixture, it was only the seventh time a section has had a matchnight without a goal.
Zlatan Ibrahimović became the tenth player to score four goals in a UEFA Champions League fixture on matchday three when Paris Saint-Germain beat RSC Anderlecht 5-0 in Brussels – the French club's biggest away win in Europe. Only one player has scored five goals: Lionel Messi in Barça's 7-1 win at home against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 7 March 2012.
On matchday two, Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans became the third youngest player to feature in the UEFA Champions League when, aged 16 years and 148 days, he played the entire 90 minutes at home to Olympiacos FC. Only Céléstine Babayaro (16 years and 87 days, Anderlecht 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti, 23/11/94) and Alen Halilović (16 years and 128 days, GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC, 24/10/12) were younger than Tielemans when making their debuts.
There was another notable feat in the Anderlecht-Olympiacos game as striker Kostas Mitroglou scored all of the visitors' goals in a 3-0 success in Brussels – becoming the first Greek player to hit a hat-trick in the competition.
Having led AC Milan to the trophy in 2003 and 2007, Carlo Ancelotti has become the fifth coach to win the European Cup with two clubs, after Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970, Hamburger SV 1983), Ottmar Hitzfeld (Dortmund 1997, Bayern 2001), José Mourinho (FC Porto 2004, FC Internazionale Milano 2010) and Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998, Bayern 2013). He also also joined Liverpool FC's Bob Paisley as the only other coach with three victories.
The final was the fifth between two teams from the same country and the second in succession following last year's all-German encounter at Wembley. It was the second between two Spanish clubs, after the Real Madrid-Valencia CF decider in 2000, and the very first European Cup final between two clubs from the same city.
Madrid have scored 41 goals in this season's competition. Although short of Barcelona's all-time high of 45 in 1999/2000, it is a record for a 13-game campaign, eclipsing the previous best of 35, set jointly by Madrid and Barça in 2011/12.
Ronaldo is the first player to make a half-century of UEFA Champions League appearances for two clubs; he made his 50th appearance for Real Madrid CF in the semi-final second leg at FC Bayern München having played 52 times in the competition for Manchester United.
Bayern's semi-final defeat means no club has ever retained the UEFA Champions League. They became the sixth reigning champions to fall in the last four, which is now the most common stage of the competition at which the holders have been eliminated. There have been five losers in the quarter-finals, four in the round of 16, four runners-up and just one ousted in the group stage.
Manchester United became the first club to reach 200 matches in the UEFA Champions League – although it was not a happy occasion as they went down 3-1 at Bayern to bow out of the competition. The Lisbon final was Real Madrid's 200th game in the competition, and average of a trophy every 20 games!
The last-eight defeat by Atlético brought FC Barcelona's record-breaking run of six straight semi-final appearances to an end.
The quarter-final eliminations of Barcelona and Manchester United meant Raúl González's all-time UEFA Champions League appearance record of 142 matches remained safe for another season; Xavi Hernández and Ryan Giggs trail him by one game, with Giggs' retirement leaving Xavi as the man most likely to break new ground.
Four players made their 100th UEFA Champions League appearances this season: Ibrahimović (group stage), Petr Čech (round of 16 second leg) and Ronaldo and Frank Lampard (quarter-final first leg) – Ronaldo and Lampard also made their debuts on the same night, 16 September 2003 – to take the total number of players to reach that landmark to 21. Lampard became the 12th man to achieve the century with a single club and the first to do so with Chelsea FC.
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