The previous best mark of 36 goals in one night was beaten in a magnificent evening of entertainment across the continent
A sensational 40 goals were scored in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, shattering the competition record under its present format.
Bayern Munich’s 7-1 victory away to Roma in Group E led the way, while Luiz Adriano’s five goals inspired Shakhtar Donetsk to a 7-0 win at BATE Borisov.
A dramatic 4-3 win for Schalke over Sporting Lisbon also saw the net bulge at regular intervals, while Chelsea were not shy in front of goal either, grabbing six to see off Maribor.
Elsewhere, Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Ajax and the 2-2 draw between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City served up four goals apiece. The relatively tame affairs came at Porto, who beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1, and in Nicosia, where a late strike by Edinson Cavani saw Paris Saint-Germain past APOEL.
The total marks a new high for the Champions League since group fixtures were split over two nights of eight fixtures, overcoming the previous record of 36 set on September 13, 2000 which included a memorable 4-4 draw between Hamburg and Juventus.
However, there was one night of Champions League action which featured more goals, back on October 1, 1997. That night, 44 goals were scored in the 12 games played under the previous 24-team format of the competition.