By Sam Sank
Since its inception in 1992, there have been some mammoth victories in the Champions League and even Bayern Munich’s 7-1 destruction of Roma on Tuesday night is not big enough to make the top seven…
7. FC Zilna 0-7 Marseille, November 2010
Marseille’s win in Slovakia was the biggest away victory in the Champions League, but it hardly came as a surprise considering the 2010/11 season was the first time that MSK Zilna had qualified for the group stages of the competition. Andre-Pierre Gignac helped himself to a hat-trick, as the Slovakian champions ended the group stage bottom with 0 points.
6. Juventus 7-0 Olympiakos, December 2003
Juventus needed a win at home against Olympiakos to secure first place in their group, but the Stadio delle Alpi got a whole lot more than that. Every single one of Juve’s strikers got in on the act that night, with David Trezeguet (2), Alessandro Del Piero, Fabrizio Miccoli, Marco Di Vaio and Marcelo Zayaleta all adding to an Enzo Maresca strike.
5. Valencia 7-0 Genk, November 2011
Spurs fans may not quite believe this, but Roberto Soldado used to be a goalscoring machine and in late 2011 he was part of the joint second highest win in Champions League history when Valencia thrashed Genk at home. The Spanish striker went home with the match ball after finding the net on three occasions, but Valencia still crashed out of the group stages despite the historic win.
4. Arsenal 7-0 Slavia Prague, October 2007
Arsenal unleashed all of their attacking prowess on Czech side Slavia Prague during the group stages of the 2007/08 campaign. In only their second season at the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners put seven past their foreign opponents without conceding. Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott grabbed a brace apiece, while even Nicklas Bendtner got on the scoresheet!
3. BATE Borisov 0-7 Shakhtar Donetsk, October 2014
Three records were broken by Shakhtar Donestk on Tuesday night. First, their 7-0 humiliation of BATE Borisov equalled the biggest away win in the Champions League, while Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano equalled Lionel Messi’s record of scoring five goals in a single game in the competition. Most impressive though, was how the Ukrainian side became the first team to have scored six goals in a single half of football after they added only one more goal following the half-time break.
2. Bayern Munich 7-0 FC Basel, March 2012
FC Basel had won the first leg of this last 16 tie 1-0 in Switzerland, but the German heavyweights were to take revenge with a 7-0 drubbing two weeks later, in what is the biggest ever win in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition. Mario Gomez scored four, while Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller also helped to ensure that Bayern would go on to reach the final in their home stadium that year, only to lose to Chelsea on penalties.
1. Liverpool 8-0 Beskitas, November 2007
The biggest win in the Champions League since it was established 22 years ago came at Anfield in late 2007. Liverpool, who prior to the game were on the verge of crashing out of the tournament, tore their Turkish opposition apart and kept their hope of reaching a third Champions League final alive. Yossi Benayoun was one of many heroes following his hat-trick, but the Reds were to eventually crash out to Chelsea in the semi finals.
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