Another week of great Champions League entertainment
On a night where Lionel Messi broke records, Liverpool beat Genk and Prague almost surprised Barcelona, here are three things we learned from Wednesday evening.
Starting with the defending Champions, Liverpool solidified their spot at the top of Group E with a win over Genk.
While it wasn’t a vintage performance to start with from the Reds, two goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, one from Sadio Mane and one from Mohamed Salah secured them the three points.
Meanwhile, Barcelona were almost stunned by Slavia Prague.
Lionel Messi scored in the third minute of the game, before Slavia actually brought themselves level through Jan Bořil.
However, Luis Suarez’s deflected effort gave Barcelona all three points.
Napoli also completed a somewhat unexpected win over RB Salzburg.
Two goals from Dries Mertens and one from Lorenzo Insigne sealed a 3-2 win away from home.
Inter Milan beat Borussia Dortmund at the San Siro to give them hope in Group F, while Valencia drew 1-1 with Lille and Benfica beat Lyon 2-1.
Chelsea beat Ajax 1-0 earlier in the day, while RB Leipzig downed Zenit by 2 goals to 1.
Now, here’s three things we learned on Wednesday night.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still knows where the net is
What a performance from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Genk.
The English midfielder has had a torrid time with a long-term injury, which he sustained during Liverpool’s Champions League run two seasons ago.
However, despite a very long road to recovery, Oxlade-Chamberlain was certainly worth the wait.
The midfielder scored Liverpool’s first goal in the 2nd minute of the game against Genk.
Then, somewhat out of nowhere, Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the goal of the night, and probably the game week.
The ball fell to the Ox just outside the box, but on his weaker side.
However, he went with the outside of his right boot, and just guided the ball brilliantly in off the bar.
One thing is for sure, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still knows where the net is.
Absolute class from The Ox!!
Outside of the boot
In off the crossbar
He’s got his second of the night and it is truly sublime! pic.twitter.com/nqV2xBGnno
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 23, 2019
Erling Braut Haaland’s name is not going away anytime soon
Norwegian boy wonder Erling Braut Haaland continues to impress in the Champions League this season.
Having scored a hat-trick on his competition debut against Genk, Haaland followed that up with a goal against Liverpool at Anfield.
That was enough to have people tipping him for a big move to the Premier League, and plenty of talk surrounding his future.
And those discussions will not be going away anytime soon.
That’s because Haaland scored another two goals against Napoli on Wednesday night.
His first came from the penalty spot in the 40th minute, before he followed that up in the 72nd minute.
Haaland could have had a hat-trick, too, but he had a goal disallowed having strayed offside.
Unfortunately, his goals were not enough to stop Salzburg losing 3-2 to Napoli.
But, if Haaland continues this brilliant form in the Champions League this season, every club in Europe will have their eyes on him.
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Lionel Messi is still breaking records
Even as he enters the twilight years of his career, Lionel Messi continues to break records.
The Argentine may have broken almost every record that there is in football, but there were two more that he ticked off his list against Slavia Prague.
With his goal in the third minute, Messi scored against his 33rd team in the Champions League.
33 is the current record, with Messi equalling Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo in those standings.
In addition, there was another record he took by storm tonight.
Messi’s goal meant that he has now scored a goal in 15 consecutive Champions League seasons.
That’s a feat unmatched by anyone in the history of the competition.
For as long as Messi is playing, he will continue to smash footballing records.
15 – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has become the first player in Champions League history to score at least once in 15 consecutive seasons in the competition. Longevity. pic.twitter.com/mWxv6tLnJZ
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 23, 2019