Luiz Adriano equals Ronaldo's group stage record

FC Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano finished the UEFA Champions League group stage as top scorer with nine goals, equalling Cristiano Ronaldo's record.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano has equalled the record for most goals in a single UEFA Champions League group stage.

The 27-year-old, who did not score against Athletic Club on matchday one and was also suspended on matchday six, scored nine goals in Group H. That takes the Brazilian international level with the record set by Real Madrid CF forward Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

Luiz Adriano opened his 2014/15 UEFA Champions League account against FC Porto on matchday two, but it was in the subsequent double-header against FC BATE Borisov that he really made hay, netting five times in Borisov before adding three more in the home return. The former SC Internacional striker had scored just 11 UEFA Champions League goals in all prior to the current campaign.

UEFA Champions League leading scorers after the group stage
2013/14: Ronaldo (9)
2012/13: Burak, Ronaldo (6)
2011/12: Gomez, Messi (6)
2010/11: Eto'o (7)
2009/10: Ronaldo (6)
2008/09: Benzema, Gerrard, Klose, Messi (5)
2007/08: Ibrahimović, Ronaldo (5)
2006/07: Drogba, Kaká, Morientes (5)
2005/06: Shevchenko (6)
2004/05: Van Nistelrooy (8)
2003/04: Drogba, Makaay, Pršo, Şükür (5)
2002/03: Crespo, Inzaghi (8) – first group stage only
2001/02: Elber, Trezeguet (6) – first group stage only
2000/01: Rivaldo, Simone (6) – first group stage only
1999/2000: Jardel, Rivaldo (5) – first group stage only
1998/99: Zahovič (7)
1997/98: Henry (6)
1996/97: Bokšić, Artur, Jardel, Pantić, Simeone, Simone (4)
1995/96: Litmanen (6)
1994/95: Weah (6)
1993/94: Rufer (4)
1992/93: Sauzée (5)

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