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UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers

Published: Tuesday 15 December 2015, 15.30CET
UEFA.com crunches the numbers from the group stage, where Benfica went goal crazy, all five Spanish sides progressed and Atlético's Roberto Nuñez became the competition's leading scorer.
UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers
Group E winners Barcelona were one of the five Spanish teams to progress ©Pressball
 
Published: Tuesday 15 December 2015, 15.30CET

UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers

UEFA.com crunches the numbers from the group stage, where Benfica went goal crazy, all five Spanish sides progressed and Atlético's Roberto Nuñez became the competition's leading scorer.

0: Points that separated Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal and Olympiacos in Group F, the tightest of the UEFA Champions League path sections. Olympiacos were the unlucky party, missing out on the play-offs due to their inferior record in a three-way head-to-head between the teams.

2: UEFA Youth League defeats Benfica (24 games), Barcelona (23) and Chelsea (24) have suffered respectively since the competition's inaugural season, 2013/14.

3: Holders Chelsea and Barcelona, along with Benfica, finished the group stage unbeaten.

5: Five players managed three or more goals in a game:
Roberto Nuñez* (Astana 0-9 Atlético Madrid)
José Gomes (Galatasaray 1-11 Benfica)
Diogo Gonçalves** (Benfica 8-0 Astana, Galatasaray 1-11 Benfica)
Sadiq Umar (Roma 5-1 Leverkusen)
Cristian Cedrés (Shakhtar Donetsk 2-6 Real Madrid)

*Scored four
**Diogo Gonçalves in profile

5: All five of Spain's group stage entrants – Atlético, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia – finished in the top two of their respective pools. Spain also achieved a qualification clean sweep in 2013/14, although this season Villarreal lost in the first round of the Domestic Champions path.

Highlights: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-6 Real Madrid

9: Atlético's Roberto Nuñez finished as the group stage's top scorer despite not adding to his nine-goal haul on matchday six. Astana were particularly accommodating opponents for the 19-year-old, who struck six times against the Kazakh debutants. The former Spanish Under-17 international has appeared in all three seasons of the UEFA Youth League and with 15 goals in 18 outings is the competition's most prolific player.

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Benfica's Renato Sanches (right) on his debut in Astana

10: Ten players made one or more appearances in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage:
Filip Benković (Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal, Bayern München 5-0 Dinamo)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolfsburg 3-2 Manchester United)
Alex Iwobi (Bayern 5-1 Arsenal)
Jean-Kévin Augustin (Malmö 0-5 Paris)
Christopher Nkunku (Paris 2-0 Shakhtar Donetsk)
Edoardo Soleri (BATE Borisov 3-2 Roma)
Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven 2-1 CSKA Moskva)
Renato Sanches (Astana 2-2 Benfica, Benfica 1-2 Atlético)
Rafael Mir (Zenit 2-0 Valencia)
Franz Brorsson (Malmö 0-5 Paris)

29: Goals scored by Benfica in six Group C matches, a total swelled by an 11-1 matchday three defeat of Galatasaray.

-34: The final goal difference of Astana, who lost 8-0 to Benfica and 9-0 at home to Atlético.

315: The number of goals scored in the group stage, 42 down on last season.

Last updated: 16/12/15 12.10CET

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