Wednesday September 17th, 2014

A total of 20 goals were scored on the second day of matches of the new Champions League season. That averages out to over two goals per game, but that's why simple average can be misleading. Over half of that total (11 goals) were scored by two teams in routs -- Porto's 6-0 win over BATE Borisov and Roma's 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow. 

That having been said, a few good goals happened outside the routs, with many of them coming in the last minute. The headliner was almost certainly Jermoe Boateng's stunning strike from the top of the box to give Bayern Munich a late 1-0 win over Manchester City: 

Nani unleashed this precise strike to draw 1-1 with Maribor in the 80th minute, but Maribor was able to equalize in stoppage time for a 1-1 draw.

Cesc Fabregas scored Chelsea's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Schalke. This goal makes the list because of its inauspicious beginnings. Fabregas makes a crunching tackle (that probably could have been called a foul), gets right back up, and finishes off the resulting possession. 

There were good strikes to be had in the lopsided results too, of course. Gervinho's first of two goals in an all-around fantastic performance deserves praise, if only for the magnet-like way he stopped the ball under pressure. 

For Porto, Yacine Brahimi had a Champions League debut to remember, as he netted a hat trick in Porto's 6-0 shellacking of BATE. His first is my personal favorite, thanks to the acute angle. 

Lastly, the goofiest goal of the day came via Ahmed Musa, who kept his balance just long enough to grab a consolation goal vs. Roma (the first goal the Italians have conceded this season)


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