The right group stage within the Champions League: Napoli and Bayern are in search of full wins
AC Milan (1992/93)
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Milan gained all 4 of their matches within the first two rounds to succeed in the inaugural group stage. Marco van Basten scored all 4 objectives in a 4-0 win over IFK Göteborg on matchday one. This was adopted by a one-goal away win over PSV Eindhoven, house and away wins in opposition to Porto and in Gothenburg, earlier than they beat PSV 2-0 on the San Siro the season Milan arrived. on the finish. Fabio Capello’s males fell 1-0 within the Munich last in opposition to Marseille. It stays the closest a crew with an ideal report within the group stage has ever come to successful the UEFA Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95)
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Luis Fernández’s Paris didn’t look again after George Weah and Daniel Bravo scored the objectives in a 2-0 win in opposition to Bayern Munich. Two 1-2 wins in opposition to Spartak Moscow and Dynamo kyiv positioned him as group chief. Weah scored the solitary aim that gave Paris victory in opposition to Dinamo, at house, and in opposition to Bayern, away, and scored two extra within the 4-1 victory on the final day in opposition to Spartak. Their run ended within the semi-finals after they fell 3-0 on mixture to AC Milan.
Moscow Spartak (1995/96)
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Spartak started the group stage with a pair of tight wins, 1-0 at Blackburn Rovers and 2-1 at Legia Warsaw, earlier than comfortably beating Rosenborg on matchdays three and 4. The Norwegian aspect misplaced 2-4 in Trondheim earlier than dropping once more 4-1 in Moscow. The Russians later gained 3-0 at Blackburn and 0-1 at Legia, giving them a report 11-point lead within the group stage, however it was good whereas it lasted as Nantes eradicated Oleg’s males. Romantsev within the quarterfinals.
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A 3-2 win at house to Membership Brugge on 18 September 2002 below Louis van Gaal marked a run of 9 consecutive wins, a UEFA Champions League report that lasted till Bayern set a brand new report in 2013/14. On this sequence they gained at house and away in opposition to Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow, and one other slim victory in opposition to Bruges. Barça completed group champions with an 11-point benefit over second place, thus equaling CSKA’s report, which coincided with Madrid in 2014/15. The crew went by way of to the second group stage, though they fell within the quarterfinals in opposition to Juventus.
Actual Madrid (2011/12)
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The crew coached by José Mourinho opened their participation by beating Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 after which proved unstoppable by beating Ajax 3-0 and Lyon 4-0 on the Santiago Bernabéu. After successful 0-2 in Lyon, Dinamo grew to become the one crew to beat Madrid’s aim in that group stage. Sadly for the Croats, after they did, they had been down 6-0. The 0-3 in Amsterdam accomplished the six of six for Madridwhich ended up being eradicated on penalties in opposition to Bayern on penalties.
Actual Madrid (2014/15)
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The European champions for the tenth time in 2014 managed to get their title protection off to an ideal begin, below Carlo Ancelotti, beating Basel 5-1, and accomplished a spherical of the group stage ending their video games with out conceding with a 4-0 in opposition to Ludogorets, the nineteenth in a streak of twenty-two consecutive video games successful in all competitions. Though he was unable to equal his report ten successive UEFA Champions League wins after they misplaced 3-4 at house to Schalke within the spherical of 16. Madrid’s journey ended within the semifinals, the place it fell to Juventus.
Bayern Munich (2019/20)
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Bayern outscored all of those groups on aim distinction, following a marketing campaign during which they reached a report 16 away objectives. Eight of them had been the work of Robert Lewandowski, whose whole of ten objectives was one wanting being the most effective in historical past. The Bavarians beat Purple Star 3-0 at house, then beat Tottenham Hotspur 7-2.
Towards Olympiacos they gained 2-3 away from house and 2-0 in Munich, earlier than turning into group champions with 4 objectives from Lewandowski in a 6-0 victory away to Purple Star. The right run was accomplished with a 3-1 win in opposition to Spurs, earlier than Bayern made historical past as the primary crew to raise the trophy after successful all six group stage video games.
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On Matchday 1, the Dutch crew opened with a powerful 5-1 win at Sporting CP, due to 4 objectives from UEFA Champions League debutant Sébastien Haller. The Ivorian striker scored in all six group stage matches, turning into solely the second participant to attain that feat after Cristiano Ronaldo (2017/18).
Antony and Dušan Tadić additionally impressed in Ajax’s victories in opposition to Dortmund (4-0 house, 2-1 away), though it was Haller’s brace, coming off the bench within the sport in opposition to Beşiktaş on Matchday 5 , which secured first place in Group C. Haller later scored two extra objectives within the victory of Erik ten Hag’s males in opposition to Sporting (4-2), thus sustaining his unblemished report.
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‘Reds’ followers may need feared a rocky street to the spherical of 16 after the six-time champions had been drawn in opposition to Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto. Nevertheless, Jürgen Klopp’s aspect confirmed their potential early on, beating Milan 3-2 at Anfield.
Liverpool dispatched Atletico Madrid 2-0 at house and scored seven objectives of their two video games in opposition to Porto, earlier than ending with a report 11-point margin over the second after successful 2-1 at Milan within the sixth working day.
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Two years after finishing a flawless group stage for the primary time, Bayern repeated their success. Julian Nagelsmann’s prices confirmed they meant enterprise with a 3-0 win at Barcelona on matchday one, and later ended their group rivals’ clear sheet run with a 3-0 house win in opposition to the identical opponent.
In between, they removed Dinamo kyiv (5-0) and Benfica (0-4), earlier than conceding their first aim after 308 minutes of play, in a 5-2 house win in opposition to Benfica that featured a Robert Lewandowski’s hat-trick in his a centesimal UEFA Champions League sport. The Pole later scored, in a 2-1 win in opposition to Dinamo, his ninth aim within the group stage.