Last night’s UEFA Champions League matches saw visiting Manchester United stunned by a late winner in Switzerland while Le Parisien dismantled Celtic with seven solid goals.
Be that as it may, with such a significant number of matches across Europe, you would be pardoned for not getting all the better points of interest with some highly entertaining actions. Here are a few interesting things you may have missed.
Manuel De Sousa dodgy refereeing in Azerbaijan
Most would agree Portuguese referee Manuel De Sousa left his impact on Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Qarabag in Wednesday night.
Subsequent of granting Chelsea a delicate early penalty he sent off Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov for a slight contention with Willian, effectively downing the host morale, ending the contest on 21 minutes.
Manuel De Sousa struck again when he gave Chelsea another penalty after another pull on Willian when players infringed on the range before Cesc Fabregas’ spot-kick, he requested it to be retaken.
What’s more, to top everything off he made his impression felt by cumbersomely bursting into Fabregas before the midfielder’s second attempt from the spot, leaving the former Barcelona midfielder confounded.
Ibrahimovic snaps Champions League history
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 25-minute cameo against FC Basel was genuinely uneventful by all accounts yet the Manchester United striker still figured out how to soften a Champions League record.
Ibrahimovic’s presentation saw him become the first player in Europe elite competition history to show up for seven different teams.
The 36-year-old has also feasted at Europe’s top table with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. He was beforehand tied with Nicolas Anelka and Javier Saviola on six unique clubs.
Bayern Munich’s ticket protest
Bavarian supporters are accustomed to seeing Bayern Munich in real action at a small amount of the price on offer in Premier League grounds.
Supporters of the German champions protested against £64 tickets at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in 2015 and they were back at it again on Wednesday night.
In light of incredibly costly £89 tickets for away fans at Anderlecht’s Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Bayern faithful revealed a pennant which read: ‘Is your greed now finally satisfied … €100’.
The money protest delayed the kick-off for some moment amid the first half when fans tossed fakes cash notes onto the pitch.
PSG grabs group stage goal-record
PSG’s fearsome attacking frontline of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, and Kylian Mbappe have been on fire in the Champions League this season and on Wednesday they broke the record for the most group stage goals scored.
The past record was 21 goals, held by Borussia Dortmund amid the 2016-17 season, but the French giant outperformed that record when Marco Verratti got their fifth of the night against Celtic.
The Parisiens stowed two more in a 7-1 whipping of Scottish champions, they have now scored 24 goals in five Champions League group games with the opportunity to add to their striking count in their last fixture – away at Bayern Munich.
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