Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw contributed towards the highest ever scoreline at a Champions League game as the German team punted eight past the determined Polish side.
The tally surpassed the record previously held by Monaco’s 8-3 win over Deportivo La Coruna in 2003.
Legia Warsaw initially took the lead after 10 minutes when Aleksander Prijovic’s right-footed shot struck the top left hand corner.
It didn’t take long for Dortmund to respond in dominating fashion with three goals in quick succession – with Shinji Kagawa scoring the quickest double in Champions League history – before Warsaw responded again in a more significant game of football-pinball.
Legia Warsaw’s persistence didn’t wear off as, after a stint of Dortmund’s intrepidity, they responded with another Prijovic goal.
With the prospect of a Warsaw comeback looming, their hopes were dashed after another two quick goals from Dortmund – which was reminiscent of the last tie between the two teams.
Nobody could have predicted the final result as the half-time score stood at 5-2.
At the start of the second half, it looked as if it would contrast the intense first half. It didn’t take long for Marco Reus to slot away his second goal of the night and Dortmund’s sixth, with the midfielder now on a goal-scoring streak after his returning from a six-month injury.
The game began to settle down as it approached the hour mark, yet the last ten minutes produced more nail-biting moments for each side. Felix Passlack put away a header after a fast counter-attack at the 81st minute.
It was only two minutes later when a goal was scored again, this time at the other end of the pitch. Nemanja Nikolic’s right footed shot pelted the left hand side of the goal.
With the scoreline at 7-4, on par with the record held by Monaco and Deportivo, Dortmund managed to slot one final goal away – this time an own goal by Jakub Rzezniczak in stoppage time.
Borussia Dortmund have now scored 14 goals against Legia Warsaw in this year’s Champions League campaign, the most by any team against an individual opponent in the competition’s history.
It is also the first time that eight players have scored in a single game in the tournament.
Dortmund now sit two points ahead of Real Madrid in Group F, with both teams playing each other in a couple of weeks time to decide the all-important first place spot.