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UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers

From a nine-goal game to UEFA Champions League debuts and Manchester City FC's perfect campaign, UEFA.com crunches the numbers from the group stage.

Dominic Solanke, the group stage's top scorer, replaces Oscar for his senior Chelsea debut
Dominic Solanke, the group stage's top scorer, replaces Oscar for his senior Chelsea debut ©Getty Images

0: NK Maribor and fellow debutants PFC Ludogorets Razgrad found life difficult in the group stage – so tough that they failed to register a point between them. Ludogorets lost all of their games by at least three goals and did not score, while the closest the Slovenian side came to a draw was a 3-2 defeat by Sporting Clube de Portugal in which they led for a mere six minutes.

4: Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC all made it through, meaning that England – like Spain last season – will be the most heavily represented member association in Monday's round of 16 draw.

7: Dominic Solanke went into Chelsea's matchday six encounter with Sporting as one of a plethora of players with four goals to his name – he ended it as the group stage's leading scorer after registering his first hat-trick of a season in which he has also made his UEFA Champions League debut. That the striker, joint top marksman when England won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Malta, did it in four and half games is all the more impressive.

Paris and Ajax line up on matchday five
Paris and Ajax line up on matchday five©Les titis du PSG

9: None of the other 95 fixtures yielded more goals than the nine Paris Saint-Germain and AFC Ajax produced on matchday five, the Dutch team prevailing 6-3 in a contest notable for the four-goal performance of Zakaria El Azzouzi.

10: Ten players made one or more appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage:
Gianluca Gaudino (FC Bayern München 3-0 PFC CSKA Moskva)
Andy Kawaya (Arsenal FC 3-3 RSC Anderlecht; RSC Anderlecht 2-0 Galatasaray AŞ)
 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea FC 3-1 Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Galatasaray AŞ 1-4 Arsenal FC)
Stefan O'Connor (Galatasaray AŞ 1-4 Arsenal FC)
Levin Öztunali (Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 SL Benfica)
Erdal Rakip (Juventus 2-0 Malmö FF; Malmö FF 2-0 Olympiacos FC; Malmö FF 0-2 Juventus)
Jairo Riedewald (FC Barcelona 3-1 AFC Ajax; AFC Ajax 0-2 FC Barcelona; AFC Ajax 4-0 APOEL FC)
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea FC 6-0 NK Maribor)
Gedion Zelalem (Galatasaray AŞ 1-4 Arsenal FC)

12: Group B was the most closely bunched section, with Real Madrid CF, Liverpool and FC Basel 1893 all amassing 12 points. Madrid were guaranteed to progress in the event of that happening due to their positive goal difference in the fixtures between the three sides. Basel, needing to avoid a two-goal defeat by Liverpool on matchday six, were the unfortunate team to miss out following a 3-0 loss in England.

Highlights: Madrid 4-1 Liverpool
Highlights: Madrid 4-1 Liverpool

13: That 3-0 win for Liverpool was significant for the fact that 13 minutes of added time was played in the second half because of a head injury sustained by the Reds' Sam Hart. Leading 1-0, Liverpool needed to score again to qualify at the expense of Basel, which they did when Daniel Cleary turned in a cross from Adam Phillips. Jerome Sinclair added a third goal in the 101st minute for good measure.

18: Manchester City emulated Chelsea's feat last term of gaining maximum points.

-27: Ludogorets' goal difference.

357: The number of goals scored, 30 more than in the inaugural group stage.