🏆 CL Awards: Unstoppable Haaland, blunt Liverpool & poking the bear

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Padraig Whelan

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We’re now more than halfway through the group phase of this season’s Champions League.

Here’s the best of matchday four.

The He’s Not Human Award

It just has to be Erling Haaland. No player has reached five, 10 and now 15 goals quicker in this competition than he has.

The Don’t Poke the Bear Award

We were tickled by Myrto Uzuni mockingly stealing Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous celebration after giving Ferencváros a shock lead at Juventus.

But he should have known who he was taunting. Ronaldo soon equalised – and was even gracious enough to swap jerseys with his antagoniser after Juve sealed an injury time.

The On the Podium Award

Welcome to the top three Champions League goalscorers of all time, Robert Lewandowski.

Look at the number of games it took him to reach that tally! Stunning.

The Threat Is Nullified Award

Who would have thought that it would take one of the world’s most attack-minded teams to stop Liverpool managing a shot on target for the first time in at least 17 years?


The Setting the Standard Award

Come on Manchester United team-mates. Bruno Fernandes is blazing a trail. Keep up with him!

The Temper, Temper Award

Who knows what ‘The Pitbull’ was thinking as he furiously talked his way into a red card with his ridiculous protests against Real Madrid.

In doing so, picking up two quick yellows for dissent, he became the third player to be sent off for three different Champions League clubs.

The Lucky Charm Award

Phil Foden goals = you won’t be beaten.

The Stars and Stripes Award

The United States of America is taking over … one position at Camp Nou at a time.

The Unlucky 13 Award

Oh Marseille. Their long wait to pick up even a point goes on …

The Pain for Ukraine Award

What on earth did Shakhtar Donetsk do to upset Borussia Mönchengladbach so much?

The Clockwork Oranje Award

How do the Dutch keep producing talent at this incredible rate?

And Ajax in particular. Another European star was born with that stunner on Wednesday night.

The Guirassy’s Park Award

It turns out it took a former team-mate and returning to his old home for Edouard Mendy to finally concede in this competition for Chelsea.

The Europa League Relief Award

Everyone competing on Thursday nights this season breathed a massive, collective sigh of relief when Sevilla secured their place in the Champions League last 16.

The pursuit of a seventh Europa League title will just have to wait.