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Five things you missed from Champions League

Wednesday night’s Champions League matches saw Manchester United downed by a late winner in Switzerland while Celtic were dismantled 7-1 by a rampant PSG side. 

The action saw a number of stunning goals combined with some dodgy refereeing decisions as the group stage’s penultimate matchday reached it’s conclusion.

But with so many games across Europe, you would be forgiven for not catching all the finer details of the action. Fortunately, Sportsmail have compiled a handy list of all the things you may have missed. 

Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning volley as Atletico Madrid beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday

Akinfeev finally keeps it clean 

While Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is highly regarded in his homeland, his reputation across Europe has been tarnished by an unwanted record.

The CSKA Moscow stopper had gone an incredible 11 years and 43 games in the Champions League without keeping a clean sheet… until Wednesday night.

Akinfeev kept out Benfica’s front three of Diogo Gonclaves, Jonas and Eduardo Salvio in CSKA’s 2-0 victory meaning he finally brought an end to the embarrassing run of goals conceded.

His last clean sheet dated back to December 2006 when Arsenal strikers Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie missed a host of chances in a goalless draw at the Emirates.

Igor Akinfeev allows himself a moment of reflection after ending his run of conceding goals

Igor Akinfeev allows himself a moment of reflection after ending his run of conceding goals

Clumsy refereeing display in Azerbaijan

It’s fair to say Portuguese referee Manuel De Sousa left his impression on Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Qarabag in Wednesday evening’s early kick-off.

After awarding Chelsea a soft early penalty he sent off Qarabag skipper Rashad Sadygov for the slight pull on Willian’s shirt, effectively ending the contest on 21 minutes.

He struck again when he gave Chelsea another penalty after another tug on Willian, but after players encroached on the area before Cesc Fabregas’ spot-kick, he ordered it to be retaken.  

And to cap it all off he made his presence felt by clumsily barging into Fabregas before the midfielder’s second attempt from the spot, leaving the Spaniard perplexed.

Manuel De Sousa tells players not to encroach in the penalty area before the second attempt

Manuel De Sousa tells players not to encroach in the penalty area before the second attempt

But clumsily backs in to Cesc Fabregas before the Spaniard fired his penalty into the corner 

But clumsily backs in to Cesc Fabregas before the Spaniard fired his penalty into the corner 

Celtic supporters get a fiery welcome 

Celtic fans arrived at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening to a fiery atmosphere as Paris Saint-Germain ultras let off flares outside the ground.

PSG supporters showed their respect for Celtic before kick-off inside the stadium, unveiling a banner in French which read: ‘You’ll never be alone’ in reference to the Scottish champion’s famous anthem. 

French newspaper Le Parisien reported it was in response to the friendly welcome PSG fans received at Celtic Park in the previous meeting between the two sides.

PSG supporters unveil a banner which translates into 'you'll never be alone' before kick-off

PSG supporters unveil a banner which translates into ‘you’ll never be alone’ before kick-off

Bayern Munich’s fake money protest

Bayern Munich supporters are used to seeing their world class side in action for a fraction of the price on offer in Premier League grounds. 

Supporters of the German champions protested against £64 tickets at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium back in 2015 and they were back at it again on Wednesday. 

In response to astonishingly expensive £89 tickets for away fans at Anderlecht’s Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Bayern supporters unveiled a banner which read: ‘Is your greed now finally satisfied… €100’.

The protest postponed play for a short period of time during the first half when fans threw hundreds of fake money notes onto the pitch. Bayern ticket prices usually cost around £44.

Fake money rained down from Bayern Munich fans at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 

Fake money rained down from Bayern Munich fans at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium 

Bayern's travelling fans unveiled a banner reading: 'Is your greed now finally satisfied... €100'

Bayern’s travelling fans unveiled a banner reading: ‘Is your greed now finally satisfied… €100’

PSG shatter group stage goals record 

PSG’s fearsome frontline of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe have been on fire in the Champions League this season and on Wednesday they broke the record for the most group stage goals scored… with a game to spare. 

The previous record was 21 goals, held by Borussia Dortmund during the 2016-17 season, but PSG surpassed that mark when Marco Verratti netted their fifth of the night against Celtic. 

The Parisiens bagged two more in a 7-1 thrashing meaning they have now scored 24 goals in five Champions League group stage matches with the chance to add to that remarkable tally in their final fixture – away at Bayern Munich. 

Moussa Dembele’s early opener for Celtic was also the first goal they have conceded this campaign. Safe to say it proved a false dawn for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Marco Verratti is embraced by Dani Alves and Javier Pastore after his record-breaking strike

Marco Verratti is embraced by Dani Alves and Javier Pastore after his record-breaking strike

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