The weeks it rained Champions League goals

A stunning 54 goals were scored in the first week, the most on an opening matchday under the current format introduced in 2003/04. But which were the sets of groups games that yielded even more?

A record-breaking game from a goal-filled night last season
A record-breaking game from a goal-filled night last season ©AFP/Getty Images

A stunning 54 goals were scored in the opening week of UEFA Champions League action, the most on an opening matchday under the current format introduced in 2003/04. But which were the sets of groups games that yielded even more – and could that record go on Tuesday and Wednesday?

  •  The record: 63 goals, 12/13 September 2000
Dortmund hold the record for most goals in a single group stage
Dortmund hold the record for most goals in a single group stage

Tuesday 12 September
Group A: Spartak Moskva 2-0 Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP 2-2 Real Madrid
Group B: Sparta Praha 0-1 Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Lazio
Group C: Valencia 2-1 Olympiacos, Lyon 3-1 Heerenveen
Group D: Galatasaray 3-2 Monaco, Rangers 5-0 Sturm Graz
Wednesday 13 September
Group E: Hamburg 4-4 Juventus, Panathinaikos 1-1 Deportivo La Coruña
Group F: Rosenborg 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain, Helsingborg 1-3 Bayern München
Group G: Manchester United 5-1 Anderlecht, PSV Eindhoven 2-1 Dynamo Kyiv
Group H: AC Milan 4-1 Beşiktaş, Barcelona 4-0 Leeds United

This round was the first of two group stages. The competition produced a record 449 goals, though there were 157 matches under the format. The 380 goals last season came in just 125 fixtures, for the first time in the UEFA Champions League topping an average of three per game.

  • The highest-scoring UEFA Champions League matchdays

63: 12/13 September 2000 (matchday 1)
59
: 21/22 October 2014 (matchday 3)
58: 6/7 November 2012 (matchday 4)
57: 19/20 October 1999 (matchday 4)
54: 26/27 September 2000 (matchday 3), 28/29 September 2004 (matchday 2), 7/8 December 2004 (matchday 6), 24/25 November 2015 (matchday 5), 12/13 September 2017 (matchday 1)

21 October 2014: Roma 1-7 Bayern
21 October 2014: Roma 1-7 Bayern
  •  Most goals on a single day of eight games: 40, 21 October 2014

Group E: CSKA Moskva 2-2 Manchester City, Roma 1-7 Bayern München
Group F: APOEL 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona 3-1 Ajax
Group G: Schalke 4-3 Sporting CP, Chelsea 6-0 Maribor
Group H: BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto 2-1 Athletic Club

  •  The most goals in a group on a single day

15
18 September 2002: Group F matchday 1: Manchester United 5-2 Maccabi Haifa, Olympiacos 6-2 Bayer Leverkusen
22 November 2016: Group F matchday 5: Sporting CP 1-2 Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warszawa

13
2 October 2002, Group B matchday 3: Liverpool 5-0 Spartak Moskva, Valencia 6-2 Basel
5 November 2003, Group C matchday 4: Monaco 8-3 Deportivo La Coruña, PSV Eindhoven 2-0 AEK Athens
7 November 2012, Group F matchday 4: Valencia 4-2 BATE Borisov, Bayern München 6-1 LOSC Lille
21 October 2014, Group G matchday 3: Schalke 4-3 Sporting CP, Chelsea 6-0 Maribor