The UEFA Champions League, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world has featured top clubs that have recorded biggest wins of the League. As of 18 February 2019, the Biggest Wins of the Champions League are listed below along with the details of the match.
So far, the biggest margin set by the clubs is 8-0 and two matches in Champions League have resulted in the same.
Table of Contents
- 1.Liverpool vs Beşiktaş
- 2.Real Madrid vs Malmö
- 3.Juventus vs Olympiacos
- 4.Arsenal vs Slavia Praha
- 5. Žilina vs Marseille
- 6.Valencia vs Genk
- 7.Bayern München vs Basel
- 8.BATE Borisov vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- 9.Bayern München vs Shakhtar Donetsk
- 10.Barcelona vs Celtic
- 11.Maribor vs Liverpool
- 12.Liverpool vs Spartak Moskva
1.Liverpool vs Beşiktaş
Round: Group stage (Group A)
The Reds entered the fourth round of the group stage, desperately in need of the 3 points as they were without a win in 3 games. They had high hopes of advancing to the next level, as it was a deciding game for the next round qualification. Liverpool initially scored two goals in the first half and stunned the spectators with 6 more goals at the end of the event.
The Liverpool vs Besiktas match took place at the Anfield stadium on 6 November 2007. The Reds gave one of their best performances by taking a lead of 8 goals and won the match 8-0. Peter James Crouch was the opening and the closing goal scorer of the match.
The first goal was netted at the 19th minute followed by Yossi Shai Benayoun at the 32nd minute. The first half ended with a 2-0 score, with Benayoun scoring the first goal of the second half, followed by a hat-trick two minutes later in the 56th minute.
Neither Liverpool nor Besiktas got a red card during the match. Gerrard and Babel also contributed goals for the win, with Babel scoring two goals and Gerrard one. The match ended with Crouch’s second goal summing up to an 8-0 win in the history of the Champions League for the Reds.
After facing a historic win, Liverpool went on to win 2 more matches against Porto 4-1 and Marseille 0-4. Liverpool succeeded to enter the semi-finals but was defeated by Chelsea on an aggregate score of 3-4.
- Crouch – 19′, 89′
- Benayoun – 32′, 53′, 56′
- Gerrard – 69′
- Babel – 79′, 81′
2.Real Madrid vs Malmö
Round: Group stage (Group A)
Club Real Madrid succeeded to equal the historic 8-0 record set by Liverpool, by winning the Real Madrid vs Malmo match held on the matchday six of the 2015-16 Champions League season. Madrid’s earlier Champion League’s biggest victory was a 6-0 win against Genk during the 2002-03 season.
On 8 December 2015, another biggest win of the Champions League was recorded by Real Madrid against Malmo. The event took place at the Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, with an average attendance of 60,663. Real Madrid was in good form as they scored back-to-back goals, finishing the event with 8-0. Benzema scored the first goal of the event at the 12th minute and went on to score a hat-trick in the 74th minute.
The Real Madrid’s star player Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the 50th minute and made it haul in the 59th minute. It was his fourth Champions League hat-trick just two behind the Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
After this win, Real Madrid went on to the finals against Atletico Madrid. The finals ended as a draw and went on to the penalty round. Real Madrid won the League 5-3 with Ronaldo taking the last shot.
- Benzema – 12′, 24′, 74′
- Ronaldo – 39′, 47′, 50′, 59′
- Kovacic – 70′
The next biggest margin of victory set by the clubs is 7-0. Listed below are events with the 7 goals margin win.
3.Juventus vs Olympiacos
Round: Group stage (Group D)
The Italian club Juventus had already qualified for the next round of the Champions League while entering the Juventus vs Olympiacos match, whereas Olympiacos was in need of the winning points in order to grab the 3rd place and qualify for the Europa League.
The Juventus vs Olympiacos match took place at the Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin which was their sixth match at the group stage. The 14th minute of the event saw the first goal of Juventus by Trezeguet, followed by a 19th-minute goal by Miccoli.
Trezeguet was able to score a brace in the 25th minute, while the other 5 goals came in by 5 different footballers. 4 goals were netted in the first half with the Olympiacos scoring null. The score remained the same until the 62nd minute when Di Vaio scored the 5th goal.
Zalayeta ended the match with his 79th-minute goal and the biggest win 7-0 was recorded at the 90th minute. Unfortunately, Juventus failed to qualify further as they were knocked out by Deportivo La Coruna with an aggregate loss of 0-2.
- Trezeguet – 14′, 25′
- Miccoli – 19′
- Maresca – 28′
- Di Vaio – 62′
- Del Piero – 67′
- Zalayeta – 79′
4.Arsenal vs Slavia Praha
Round: Group stage (Group H)
Arsenal had its first two group stage matches against Sevilla and Steaua Bucuresti which resulted in a 3-0 win and a 0-1 victory respectively for Arsenal, with their next match against Slavia. The Emirates stadium featured one of the biggest Champions League winning match between Arsenal and Slavia Praha.
Team Arsenal stunned the Slavia team with a 7-0 score at the end of the game with Fabregas scoring Arsenal’s first goal at the 5th minute. The next goal came in from the Slavia player Hubacek at the 24th minute, doubling the lead for Arsenal as an own goal.
At the end of the first half, the scoreboard displayed Arsenal-3 and Slavia-0. As the second half began, six minutes from the start and a goal came in by Hleb in the 51st minute. Fabregas and Walcott managed to make a brace, with Hleb and Bendtner scoring one goal each.
Arsenal moved on to the next level of the Champions League by finishing second behind Sevilla in the group stage. The first leg of the first knockout ended up as a draw, while the second leg ended in their favor defeating AC Milan 2-0. They advanced to the quarter-finals to fight against club Liverpool but were unfortunately knocked out from the League.
- Fabregas – 5′, 58′
- Hubacek – 24′ (own goal)
- Walcott – 41′, 55′
- Hleb – 51′
- Bendtner – 89′
5. Žilina vs Marseille
Round: Group stage (Group F)
The only French club to win the Champions League title is the club Marseille in the 1992-93 season. At the group stage of the 2010-11 Champions League season, Marseille lost the first two games, while the third match was against Zilina resulting in 1-0 victory. Marseille faced Zilina again on 11 November and was desperately in need of the 3 points to get qualified for the next level.
It was conducted at the Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, which resulted in a biggest away win for the Marseille with a 0-7 score. The first goal came in at the 12th minute by Gignac who also scored the second goal for the team at the 21st minute and hit the hat-trick at the 54th minute.
4 goals were scored before the end of the first half with Heinze and Remy scoring the third and fourth goal for the team. The second half opened with Gonzalez scoring the fifth goal in the 52nd minute and he managed to make a brace at the 63rd minute.
Marseille advanced to the knockout stage and played against Manchester United. The first leg resulted in a draw, whereas Manchester United defeated Marseille in the second leg 2-1. Zilina failed to score even a single point in the group stage and therefore did not qualify for the knockout phase.
- Gignac – 12′, 21′, 54′
- Heinze – 24′
- Remy – 36′
- Gonzalez – 52′, 63′
6.Valencia vs Genk
Round: Group stage (Group E)
The Mestalla Stadium saw one of the biggest wins of the league between Valencia and Genk. Valencia had gathered 5 points before facing the fifth match against Genk in the group stage. Valencia was desperately in need of a win against Genk so that the 3 points would take them ahead of Leverkusen (6 points at that stage) and might tally with Chelsea (8 points at that stage).
Valencia won the match 7-0, with Jonas netting the first goal of the match at the 10th minute. The first half belonged to Soldado as he scored the second goal at the 13th minute and made a hat-trick in the 39th minute. Other three goals came in the second half.
Hernandes and Aduriz scored back-to-back goals in the 68th and 70th minute correspondingly. T.Costa wrapped up the game with a goal in the 81st minute. Valencia won the match but failed to move on to the next level as they faced a defeat against Chelsea 3-0 as the last event of the group stage.
Leverkusen and Chelsea dominated the group with 10 points and 11 points respectively, whereas Genk scored just 3 points at the end of the group stage.
- Jonas – 10′
- Soldado – 13′, 35′, 39′
- Hernandes – 68′
- Aduriz – 70′
- Costa – 81′
7.Bayern München vs Basel
Round: Knockout Phase (Second Leg)
The Bayern and the Basel club managed to reach the Round 16 round of the knockout phase. The first leg of the Round 16 resulted in favor of the Basel as they ended the match with the score 1-0. The second leg was dominated by Bayern by a stunning score of 7-0 at the end of the game.
The match was featured at the Allianz Arena stadium with the first and the last goal of the event scored in the 11th minute and 81st minute respectively by Robben. Muller and Gomez hit the post on the 42nd and 44th minute respectively before the end of half time.
Gomez was the opening second-half goal scorer who scored a hat-trick at the 61st minute and scored a haul at the 67th minute. Basel failed to score even a single goal and was surprised by Bayern’s playing strategy.
With an aggregate score of 7-1, Bayern advanced to the quarter-finals and defeated Marseille 4-0, moving on to the semi-finals. Bayern succeeded to defeat Real Madrid in a penalty shoot-out after a 3-3 draw match. Bayern had to face Chelsea in the finals and unfortunately lost 3-4 in the penalty shoot-out.
- Robben – 11′, 81′
- Muller – 42′
- Gomez – 44′, 50′, 61′, 67′
8.BATE Borisov vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Round: Group stage (Group H)
Club Shakhtar Donetsk had scored just 2 points, while BATE had not scored even a single point from the previous 2 group stage matches before the two teams met at the Borisov Arena, Barysaw. The Shakhtar vs BATE recorded the biggest away win 0-7 for the Shakhtar.
Alex Teixeira inaugurated the scoreboard in the 11th minute followed by Luiz Adriano’s penalty shoot-out goal. He contributed 5 goals for the team by taking another penalty shot and was able to net 3 more goals. A glut was made at the 82nd minute which was a penalty shot.
The most interesting part of the match was, all the goals scored by Shakhtar came in from the Brazilian players. The half-time score of 6 goals is considered the biggest half-time lead for any team in the history of the Champions League.
Having won the group stage, Shakhtar advanced to the Round 16 where they faced Bayern Munich. The first leg was a draw and the second leg resulted in a shocking score of 7-0 loss for the Shakhtar. They were knocked out from the League, whereas BATE failed to advance the group stage.
- Alex Teixeira – 11′
- Luiz Adriano – 28′ (penalty), 36′, 40′, 44′, 82′ (penalty)
- Douglas Costa – 35′
9.Bayern München vs Shakhtar Donetsk
Round: Knockout Phase (Second Leg)
Bayern is the only German club to set the record of the biggest win of the Champions League twice. The 2014-15 season was the biggest win season for Shakhtar, but the team faced a loss of 0-7 against Bayern Munich in the same season.
The Bayern vs Shakhtar was the second biggest home win for Bayern at the knockout phase. The first goal was a penalty shoot-out converted by Muller at the 4th minute. Followed by this goal, 5 other goals were netted by 5 different players with Muller scoring one more at the 52nd minute.
The second half had the most goals (4) with Gotze finishing the match in the 87th minute. Bayern advanced to the quarter-finals to face Porto and won the match with an aggregate score of 4-7. In the semi-finals, Bayern played against Barcelona and was defeated with an aggregate score of 5-3. They were knocked out of the Champions League with Barcelona winning the 2014-15 season.
- Muller – 4′ (penalty), 52′
- Boateng – 34′
- Ribery – 49′
- Badstuber – 63′
- Lewandowski – 75′
- Gotze – 87′
10.Barcelona vs Celtic
Round: Group stage (Group C)
On matchday 1, the biggest win for the Barcelona was recorded at the Camp Nou stadium. The Barcelona vs Celtic match resulted in a 7-0 win for Barcelona, followed by back-to-back wins, until 3-1 loss to Manchester City. Barcelona won 5 of the six group stage matches and advanced to the knockout phase with 15 points.
With the top players playing in the team, Lionel Messi scored the first fastest goal in the 3rd minute. He scored a hat-trick in the second half at the 60th minute. A total of 5 goals were netted at the second-half with Neymar scoring the first second-half goal in the 50th minute.
Iniesta scored the fourth goal at the 59th minute which was further carried over by Messi at the 60th minute. Luis took control over the ball and scored the next two goals at the 75th minute and in the 88th minute. Barcelona moved on to the knockout phase to face Paris Saint-German and won the match 5-6.
Barcelona lost the quarter-finals match against Juventus and was knocked out of the Champions League. On the other hand, Celtic failed to progress the group stage as they ended up in fourth place with just 3 points.
- Messi – 3′, 27′, 60′
- Neymar – 50′
- Iniesta – 59′
- Luis Suarez – 75′, 88′
11.Maribor vs Liverpool
Round: Group stage (Group E)
Liverpool was at its best form during the 2017-18 season. On 17 October 2017, the Maribor vs Liverpool match was featured at the Ljudski vrt stadium which resulted in a 7-0 win for Liverpool, marking the biggest away win for the team.
The previous two group matches ended up as a draw for Liverpool and they were looking for a win in order to grab the 3 points and take a lead. Club Liverpool’s Firmino was fast enough to net the first goal at the 4th minute. 4 goals were netted in the first-half with Coutinho scoring the second goal and Salah made a brace in the 19th and 40th minute.
The second-half opening goal scorer was Firmino again at the 54th minute, followed by Oxlade and Alexander. Alexander wrapped up the game with a last minute goal at the 90th minute. Having advanced to the Round 16, Liverpool defeated Porto 5-0 and went on to defeat Manchester City at the quarter-finals 5-1.
In the semi-finals round, Liverpool won over Roma 7-6 and advanced to finals of the Champions League. Liverpool faced club Real Madrid and unfortunately lost the event 1-3.
- Firmino – 4′, 54′
- Coutinho – 13′
- Salah – 19′, 40′
- Oxlade-Chamberlain – 86′
- Alexander-Arnold – 90′
12.Liverpool vs Spartak Moskva
Round: Group stage (Group E)
Liverpool succeeded to take another 7-goals-lead during the 2017-18 season. Liverpool is the only England club to set the record of the biggest win of the Champions League thrice. The previous 5 games of Liverpool resulted in 3 draws and 2 wins.
The Liverpool vs Spartak event was conducted at the Anfield stadium and Coutinho scored the first goal at the 4th minute, which was a penalty shoot-out. Coutinho went on to score the second goal in the 15th minute and made a hat-trick at the 50th minute.
Firmino helped Liverpool take a lead in the 19th minute with a score of 3-0 which was followed by a fourth goal by Mane at the 47th minute. The second-half featured Mane’s brace and Salah wrapped up the game with the seventh goal in the 86th minute.
Liverpool went on to the Round 16 and defeated Porto 5-0, moving on to the quarter-finals round. Liverpool defeated Manchester City 5-1 and advanced to the semi-finals round. Liverpool won over Roma 7-6 and faced club Real Madrid in the finals which resulted in a 1-3 loss for the Reds.
- Coutinho – 4′ (penalty), 15′, 50′
- Firmino – 19′
- Mane – 47′, 76′
- Salah – 86′
Biggest Wins of Champions League Based on Rounds
The Champions League follows 3 qualifying rounds, playoff round, knockout stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals and then comes the final round. Clubs that have recorded the biggest wins of the Champions League based on the various rounds are listed below.
Teams that have won a single match in the preliminary round of the European Cup with a margin of ten or more goals is shared below:
|Season||Preliminary Round Winner||Score||Defeated Team|
|1970-71||Borussia Monchengladbach||10-0||EPA Larnaca|
Second Qualifying Round
According to the present Champions League format, the largest margin of victory format in the second qualifying round is 10–0:
- HJK Helsinki defeated Bangor City 10-0 in the 2011–12 season.
Quarter-final and Group Stage
Taking into account the quarter-final and group stage matches, the largest margin of victory in either competition is 8–0:
- Real Madrid defeated Sevilla 8-0 in the first leg of the quarter-final of the 1957–58 season
- Liverpool won against Beşiktaş 8-0 in the group stage in the 2007–08 season
- Real Madrid won over Malmö FF 8-0 in the group stage in 2015–16
As for the knockout stages of the current Champions League format, the largest margin of victory is 7–0:
- Club Bayern Munich defeated Basel in the first knockout round during the 2011–12 season
- Team Bayern Munich repeated the record by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk in the first knockout round in the 2014–15 season
Till date, the largest margin of victory in a final since the initialization of the league in 1955 is set to be 4 goals. Matches with the 4 goals margin are listed as below:
- Real Madrid defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 during the 1959–60 season
- Bayern Munich defeated Atlético Madrid 4–0 in 1973–74. This was a replay match that took place after 2 days as the goals from Luis Aragones and Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck canceled each other out.
- AC Milan defeated club Steaua București 4–0 in 1988–89
- AC Milan repeated the record by winning against Barcelona 4–0 in 1993–94
Away Matches Record
The away matches played so far in the Champions League have set the largest margin of victory to be 7 goals:
- Club Marseille defeated 0–7 Žilina in the 2010–11 season
- Shakhtar Donetsk defeated BATE Borisov 0–7 during the 2014–15 season
- Maribor was defeated by Liverpool 0–7 during the 2017–18 season
Two Leg Win Records set by Clubs
The two leg matches include a home match and an away match. Aggregate total is the combined score of the home and away matches. Listed down below is the records set by clubs in the two leg wins.
|Name of the Round||Record-setting Club||Season||Aggregate Win|
|Group Stage||Shakhtar Donetsk||2014-15||12-0|
The above table can be interpreted as follow:
- The club to hold the overall record for the highest aggregate win is Benfica, with 18-0 win against Stade Dudelange in the preliminary round. This record was set during the 1965–66 season with an 8–0 away score and a 10–0 home score.
- The club to set a record for the highest aggregate win in the group stage is Shakhtar Donetsk, who defeated BATE Borisov 12–0. This win took place during the 2014-15 season with a score 7–0 away win and 5–0 home win.
- The team to set a record of the overall home and away result in the playoffs of the Champions League era is Bayern Munich. Bayern won against the club Sporting CP 12–1 in the round of 16, with a 5–0 away win and 7–1 home win in 2008–09.
- The highest-ever win in a quarter-final is set by the club Real Madrid after defeating Sevilla 10–2 during the 1957-58 season. The match resulted as a 8–0 home win and a 2–2 away draw. By considering the Champions League era, the club to hold the overall highest margin in the quarter-final is Bayern Munich by defeating Kaiserslautern 6–0 in 1998–99. The result was as follow: 2–0 home win and 4–0 away win.
- The club to set a record for the highest-ever win in a semi-final is Eintracht Frankfurt by defeating Rangers, with a score of 12–4. It resulted as 6–1 home win and 6–3 away win in 1959–60. The Champions League era has seen Bayern Munich setting a record of the biggest win in a semi-final by defeating Barcelona 7–0, with 4–0 home win and 3–0 as an away win in 2012–13.