By the numbers: Europe's elite strikers shine in Champions League action - football




By the numbers: Europe's elite strikers shine in Champions League action

By the numbers: Europe's elite strikers shine in Champions League action



The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 kicked off Tuesday, with three of Europe’s top strikers putting on impressive individual displays in a pair of entertaining tilts. Tottenham‘s Harry Kane broke through Juventus‘ steadfast backline, Gonzalo Higuain netted a brace in under 10 minutes, and Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City to a resounding 4-0 victory over FC Basel.
The three proved to be the stars of the day, though it was Christian Eriksen‘s free-kick that gave Spurs a 2-2 draw against Juventus. Here are some interesting stats and figures from the first day of this round of continental competition:
0: How many goals Juventus had conceded in all of 2018 before Kane happened.
1: Juventus conceded just one goal in its last 16 matches, which came at Hellas Verona‘s hands in a 3-1 win Dec. 30, 2017.
2: With his second-minute goal, Higuain scored the fastest goal Tottenham has ever conceded in the Champions League. It’s also the first time Juventus has conceded twice in two years – the last coming in February 2016 against Bayern Munich in a 2-2 draw.
4: Aguero has scored in all four of his Champions League away fixtures this season. The only other player to do that" Dwight Yorke for Manchester United in 1998-99.
6:54: Higuain’s first goal was clocked at the 1 minute, 12-second mark, while his second from the penalty spot crossed the line at 8 minutes and 6 seconds. That difference of 6 minutes and 54 seconds accounts for the fastest brace Juventus has scored in European Cup/Champions League history.
7: The number of goals Steven Gerrard scored for Liverpool in the 2008-09 Champions League season, the most by an English player in a single Champions League campaign. With his 35th-minute strike, Kane equaled Gerrard’s tally.
9: Kane has scored nine goals in as many Champions League matches, more than any other player at this interval. Ronaldinho, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Drogba, and Diego Costa all scored eight... view: 0
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