Ronaldo & Neymar help set Champions League group stage goals record

Kieran Tierney – clubs linked Manchester United and Tottenham

Kieran Tierney – clubs linked Manchester United and Tottenham

Atletico is unbeaten in the league and playing better on the road, where it has won five of eight games.

Lille, which suspended coach Marcelo Bielsa last month following poor results, has climbed out of the relegation zone with two straight wins.

In Group E, Liverpool produced a vibrant performance to hammer Russian side Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield.

If goals were the big story of the group, then one record goes against the grain.

In fact, Coutinho bagged himself a hat-trick, with Mane scoring a brace.

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In Group D, Barcelona - who had already guaranteed to top their group - defeated Sporting Lisbon 2-0.

The Ukrainian champions scored first-half goals through Bernard and Ismaily. Chelsea's pressure finally brought an equaliser in the 75th minute as Hazard's shot was deflected into his own net by Savic.

Despite the defeat, Pep Guardiola's side are still one of the favourites to lift the trophy this season. But we tried to find the strength to draw and try to win.

"From a corner... there were a lot of mistakes".

However, in Rome, Roma got the job done as they recorded a lone goal win over Qarabag.

And when asked whether Atletico's early Champions League exit following a 1-1 draw with Chelsea would further grease the wheels for an imminent exit, Simeone was quick to play down any talk of a move away for the 26-year-old. Roma finished ahead of Chelsea and Atletico, a finalist in two of the past four seasons won't even make the second round.

Only Paris Saint-Germain, with 25 goals, eclipsed Liverpool's haul of 23 in the six group-stage games and appears the greatest threat to English ambitions.

Real Madrid progressed in second place after beating Dortmund 3-2 at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Mbappe had been given a boost towards the record by his exploits for Monaco last season, when they made a surprise run to the semi-finals.

One factor that has often been blamed for recent failures of English clubs is the intensity of the domestic campaign, with its heavy winter schedule taking a toll before the 'business end' of the Champions League.

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