Champions League: Man City and Leipzig Advance, Pepe and Giroud Shine

Porto’s Pepe makes history in the Champions League

Porto’s Pepe made history during the Champions League group H football match between Porto and Antwerp at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal, on November 7, 2023. At the age of 40 years, 254 days, Pepe became the oldest scorer in Champions League history when he headed home his team’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Antwerp. This achievement surpasses the previous record held by Roma’s Francesco Totti, who scored in Europe’s top club competition at age 38 years, 59 days in 2014.

Pepe expressed his joy at the accomplishment, saying, “Today is a special day for me. It’s my mother’s birthday and I told her that I would do everything I could to score a goal. This feeling is incredible, because anyone who reaches this age playing at this level knows it takes a lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, a tremendous passion for this sport. I’ll try to enjoy it as much as possible.”

Barcelona’s defeat and other significant outcomes
In other matches, Barcelona lost 1-0 to Shakthar Donetsk in Group H, moving Porto to level points with the leaders. Barcelona missed the opportunity to secure a spot in the round of 16 for the first time after losing their match. Meanwhile, in Group G, Manchester City advanced with a 3-0 win against Young Boys, with Erling Haaland scoring two goals. German team Leipzig also advanced with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Red Star Belgrade.

Seasoned players excel
In the AC Milan vs. Paris Saint-Germain match, veteran Olivier Giroud became the oldest French goalscorer in the competition, aged 37 years, 38 days. Giroud was cheered by his teammates after AC Milan recorded its first win and first goals in this season’s Champions League to beat PSG 2-1. Additionally, in Group E, 33-year-old Ciro Immobile scored his 200th goal with Lazio, reviving the club’s hopes of advancing with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord.

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The experienced players continue to make a significant impact in the Champions League, showcasing their remarkable skills and leading their teams to crucial victories.

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