The UEFA Champions League is back. And how. Two cracking games got the restart of Europe's premier competition off to a flyer -- Manchester City beating Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate (2-1 on the night), Lyon beating Juventus on away goals (2-2 on aggregate, lost 1-2 on the night). Manchester City and Lyon will play each other for a place in the semifinals. Here are the best numbers from Friday night:
This is Zinedine Zidane's first elimination from a Champions League knockout tie as manager. He had won the last 12 en route to three titles. This is also the first time Real Madrid have been eliminated in the UCL round-of-16 in consecutive seasons for the first time since they lost at this stage six times straight from 2005-10.
Lyon is the first French team to eliminate Juventus in the knockout stage of any European competition.
Memphis Depay was at the centre of everything in Turin. According to Opta, he is the first player to score a penalty and concede a penalty in a UCL game since they began analysing the competition (2003-04).
Real Madrid have lost both legs of a Champions League knockout tie for the first time since 2008-09, when they lost both home and away against Liverpool in the last 16.
Raphael Varane had a massive hand in City's win, two of his errors leading to goals for the home side. Coming into this match, he had previously only committed five errors leading to a goal in 278 La Liga and UCL games in his nine seasons at Real Madrid.
Three managers have eliminated Real Madrid in the knockout stages of the UCL on more than one occasion -- Marcello Lippi (1995/96, 2002/03), Ottmar Hitzfeld (2000/01, 2006/07), and now Pep Guardiola (2010/11, 2019/20).
Memphis Depay is the second Dutch player to score in six consecutive Champions League games, after a certain Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Kevin de Bruyne ran the show for City on the night. He created nine chances, his highest in a UCL game, and the most against Real Madrid in the tournament since 2003, overtaking Andrey Arshavin's eight with Zenit St. Petersburg in September 2008.
In their 76th UCL match, Man City scored their 150th and conceded their 100th goal in the competition, the fastest to both figures for any English side in the competition. Great attacking and not-so-great defending makes for pure entertainment, it would seem.
The man may have seen his team eliminated from the competition, but he didn't go out without a fight, scoring a penalty and a left-footed screamer from outside the box.
Since the 2006-07 season, Cristiano Ronaldo has been eliminated in the UCL round of 16 only twice - both against Lyon (2009/10 and now a decade later).
Ronaldo is just the third player to score a UCL goal against a specific opponent with three different clubs -- after Jorg Butt against Juventus and Ruud van Nistelrooy against Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo is now tied with Filippo Inzaghi for the second-most goals for Juventus in the UCL knockout stages, with seven. Only Alessandro del Piero has more (with nine). He's scored all of Juventus' knockout goals since his arrival.
Goals in Champions League knockout stages:
Ronaldo - 67
AC Milan - 65
Arsenal - 53
PSG - 41
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Naturally, since Ronaldo is the undisputed king of this competition's knockout stages -- he has now scored 67 UCL knockout goals. That is as many as the second and third on the list, combined (Lionel Messi, 46 and Thomas Muller, 21 respectively). Both of them, of course, are in action later on Saturday.
And before anyone accuses him of stat padding, 41 of Ronaldo's knockout goals have been game-tying or game-levelling ones. That is more than anyone in UCL history, with Messi second (23 goals).
Ronaldo has now scored the most goals in a single season for Juventus with 37. He has beaten the 35-goal tally of Ferenc Hizrez -- a goalscoring record which stood for 95 years (1925/26).
We've saved the best for last, because this is quite simply mind-boggling. Ronaldo has scored 1.5% of ALL goals ever scored in the UEFA Champions League (130/8,627). And since you're probably wondering how Messi compares - he has scored 1.3% of all UCL goals. These are the only players who have scored more than 1% of the total goals scored in the history of the UCL -- Raúl is next with 0.82%.
(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)