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Top Scorers 2023-24 Recap

Kylian Mbappe’s Stellar Season

Kylian Mbappe shined brightly for Paris Saint-Germain, netting 8 goals. With the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar, Mbappe took the reins and dominated the scoring charts. 

Harry Kane’s Impressive Debut in Munich

Harry Kane, who joined Bayern Munich for a record fee, more than lived up to expectations. Scoring 7 goals, Kane showcased his elite goal-scoring abilities and brilliant playmaking skills, forming a potent partnership with Leroy Sane. 

Griezmann’s Redemption and Others

Antoine Griezmann, after a shaky return to Atletico Madrid, reestablished himself as a leader, scoring 6 crucial goals and forming a deadly duo with Morata. 

Erling Haaland, even after his record-breaking debut season with Manchester City, continued to be a goal machine, also scoring 6 times. 

For Manchester United, Rasmus Hojlund made his mark with 5 goals,

While Alvaro Morata of Atletico Madrid silenced his critics with his finishing prowess, scoring 5 as well.

Surprise Packages and New Stars

Phil Foden enjoyed a standout season at Man City, scoring 5 goals from a central role due to Kevin de Bruyne’s injury. Julian Alvarez also shined in a new attacking midfield role. Real Madrid’s Rodrygo and Porto’s Brazilian forward Evanilson each scored 5 goals, while Jude Bellingham quickly became a fan favorite at Real Madrid with his clutch performances.

From Gabriel Jesus’s revival at Arsenal to Sheraldo Becker’s influence at Union Berlin, the 2023-24 Champions League showcased a diverse array of top talents leaving their mark on Europe’s grandest stage.

From Matchday One to the Final

Bayern 4-3 Man United

In a thrilling opener, Bayern Munich edged out Manchester United in a seven-goal spectacle. Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry put Bayern ahead, only for Rasmus Højlund to score his first United goal. Harry Kane netted a penalty, while Casemiro’s double and Mathys Tel’s strike kept fans on the edge of their seats. 

Highlight: Casemiro’s clever flick past Sven Ulreich.

Union Berlin 2-3 Braga 

Braga mounted an incredible comeback from 2-0 down to beat Union Berlin with a last-gasp goal. Sheraldo Becker’s brace for Union was nullified by Sikou Niakaté and a stunning Bruma equalizer, before André Castro’s 94th-minute rocket clinched it. 

Highlight: Bruma’s curling stunner to level the scores.

Copenhagen 4-3 Man United

Copenhagen orchestrated a stunning reversal to defeat Man United 4-3. Højlund’s early brace was undone by United’s defensive lapses and a red card for Marcus Rashford. Copenhagen scored thrice post-penalty, sealing victory with Roony Bardghji’s late winner. 

Highlight: Bardghji’s record-breaking strike at just 17 years old.

Sevilla 2-3 PSV Eindhoven 

PSV overturned a 2-0 deficit to conquer Sevilla, with Ricardo Pepi heading in a stoppage-time winner. After Sergio Ramos and Youssef En-Nesyri’s goals, Sevilla imploded post-Lucas Ocampos’ red card allowing PSV a dramatic comeback. 

Highlight: Sergiño Dest’s pinpoint cross for Ismael Saibari’s volley.

Salzburg 1-3 Benfica

Benfica squeezed into the Europa League playoffs with a late winner against Salzburg. Ángel Di María and Rafa Silva scored early, but Luka Sučić hit back, only for Arthur Cabral’s 93rd-minute back-heel to seal the win. 

Highlight: Di María’s outrageous corner-kick goal.

Atlético de Madrid 2-1 Inter (3-2 on pens, Round of 16 second leg)

Atlético Madrid roared back to eliminate Inter on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate draw. Federico Dimarco’s opener was countered by Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay, extending the match to penalties where Jan Oblak’s heroics prevailed. 

Highlight: Depay’s composed equalizer to force extra-time.

Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester City (Quarter-final 1st leg)

A chaotic first leg between Real Madrid and Man City ended 3-3, featuring six goals split evenly between halves. Early goals from Bernardo Silva and Rúben Dias’s own goal were matched by strikes from Phil Foden, Joško Gvardiol, and Federico Valverde. 

Highlight: Foden’s exquisite long-range strike.

Barcelona 1-4 Paris (agg: 4-6, Quarter-final 2nd leg)

Paris Saint-Germain overturned their first-leg deficit against Barcelona in emphatic fashion, winning 4-1. Red-carded Ronald Araújo pushed PSG to capitalize with goals from Ousmane Dembélé, Vitinha, and Kylian Mbappé. Highlight: Vitinha’s screamers from 20 meters out.

Real Madrid 3-3 Manchester City (Quarter-final 1st leg)

A chaotic first leg between Real Madrid and Man City ended 3-3, featuring six goals split evenly between halves. Early goals from Bernardo Silva and Rúben Dias’s own goal were matched by strikes from Phil Foden, Joško Gvardiol, and Federico Valverde. 

Highlight: Foden’s exquisite long-range strike.

Barcelona 1-4 Paris (agg: 4-6, Quarter-final 2nd leg)

Paris Saint-Germain overturned their first-leg deficit against Barcelona in emphatic fashion, winning 4-1. Red-carded Ronald Araújo pushed PSG to capitalize with goals from Ousmane Dembélé, Vitinha, and Kylian Mbappé. 

Highlight: Vitinha’s screamers from 20 meters out.

Dortmund 4-2 Atlético de Madrid (agg: 5-4, Quarter-final 2nd leg)

A seesaw battle saw Dortmund edge out Atlético Madrid. Goals by Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen were nullified by a Mats Hummels own goal and an Ángel Correa strike, only for Niclas Füllkrug and Marcel Sabitzer to secure Dortmund’s win. 

Highlight: Füllkrug’s perfect header.

Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern (agg: 4-3, Semi-final 2nd leg)

Late drama defined Real Madrid’s semi-final win over Bayern. Joselu turned the tide with two rapid strikes after Alphonso Davies’ opener seemed to have Bayern poised for victory. Highlight: Carlo Ancelotti singing with jubilant fans post-match.

Dortmund 0-2 Real Madrid (Final)

Real Madrid clinched their 15th European Cup with a disciplined 2-0 victory over Dortmund. Dani Carvajal’s header from a Toni Kroos corner and Vinícius Júnior’s ice-cold finish settled the contest at Wembley. 

Highlight: Jude Bellingham’s emotional celebration after securing his first Champions League title.

This article was updated on Monday June 3rd, 2024.

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