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Phil Costa·9 December 2021

💫 CL Awards: Barça drop down, Haller makes history and dark horses

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And just like that, another Champions League group stage has ended with shocks and narratives aplenty.

It’s time to hand out some awards …

The Unusual Territory Award

Pinch yourself – it’s no dream. Barcelona have failed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The last time this happened (2000), Ansu Fati, Pedri and Gavi had not even been born yet. Xavi has his work cut out.

The Record Breaker Award

West Ham fans are probably scratching their heads right now but Sebastien Haller is a record breaker.

After netting against Sporting, the Ajax striker became the quickest player to score 10 Champions League goals (6 games) – breaking Erling Haaland’s record (7) – and also became the first ever player to net in each of their opening six matches.

The Already Favourites Award

Yes, we know about Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – plus who could forget Ajax?

But we’ve got a sneaky feeling about Liverpool this season who look ridiculously strong and became the first ever English side to finish the groups stages with a perfect record.

The Little Reminder Award

Kylian Mbappé has been around for so long that you can sometimes forget how good he is.

After netting a brace against Club Brugge, the Frenchman became the youngest player to score 30 Champions League goals – breaking Lionel Messi’s record.

The Einzigartig Award

Einzigartig means “one of a kind” for those not well versed in German. Thomas Müller is certainly that.

After scoring (again) against Barcelona, the Bayern midfielder became the first and only German player to score 50 Champions League goals.

The Award for Biggest Head Loss

We’re not sure what Kyle Walker was doing here but Pep definitely won’t be happy.

Physicality and competition is always welcome in football, but totally booting people from behind unsurprisingly isn’t – sorry André Silva.

The Kids Are Alright Award

Having already secured qualification into the next round, Ralf Rangnick gave some youngsters the chance to shine at Old Trafford.

Across the 90 minutes they featured six teenagers – only the second time that’s ever happened in Champions League history after Arsenal in 2009.

The Trailblazers Award

More history has been made! Red Ball Salzburg have qualified for the Champions League knockout stages.

In doing so, they become the first ever Austrian side to progress and with one of the youngest teams in this season’s competition.

The Out Of Character Award

Chelsea are known for their defensive rigidity under Thomas Tuchel but standards have slipped.

They conceded three against West Ham and another three against Zenit on Wednesday – losing top spot in the process. Ouch.

The Exciting Talent Award

This award is quite simple really. Jonathan David is a really good player.

After netting against Wolfsburg, the Canadian became the first Lille player to score in three consecutive Champions League games for the club.