Week 5 in the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League Group Stage had a lot of action between Tuesday and Wednesday. Unlike past matchweeks, this time it was extremely hard to choose only five players that stood above the rest on an individual basis.
Here are the top five performers during Week 4 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage.
Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich
The Polish striker once again made his presence felt during Die Roten’s most recent Champions League. He did it in style, though, netting four goals in 15 minutes during Bayern’s 6-0 away win over Crvena Zvezda. We must keep in mind this is the second time a Bayern player scores four goals in a single UCL match this season. Serge Gnabry already did it when the Bundesliga giants defeated Tottenham 7-2.
With those four goals, Lewandowski moved to the top of the scorers list and now he has 10 goals in five appearances. Not only that, but the Polish striker has 12 goals in Bayern’s last 10 games, and 28 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions. No other forward in any of Europe’s Top 5 leagues can boast a similar scoring record.
Lionel Messi – FC Barcelona
Los Blaugranas needed a win to clinch a spot on the knockout stages, knowing both Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are tough teams to beat. Barca faced the Bundesliga giants on Wednesday and they clinch the result they wanted thanks to their best player: Lionel Messi.
The star forward, who reached 700 appearances as a pro, did it in style and contributed one goal and two assists during Barcelona’s 3-1 home win over Dortmund. With the three points under the belt, now Barcelona have 11 points and sit at the top of the standings, while Inter and Dortmund have seven each. And they can thank their Argentinian star for coming through when the team needed him the most.
Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig
Emil Forsberg is one of RB Leipzig’s most important players, even though he rarely gets the attention he deserves. But despite the fact everyone keeps focusing on Timo Werner, the Sweden international came through for the Bundesliga side in the team’s previous Champions League encounter against Benfica. And he did in a great, decisive way.
The Swedish star netted two stoppage-time goals that allowed Leipzig to settle for a 2-2 draw against the Portuguese giants. But Forsberg’s goals – in the 90th and 96th minutes – pushed the team towards a huge win that clinched them a spot on the knockout stages for the first time in club’s history. That’s the kind of game players never forget.
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