Luiz Adriano’s record-tying five goals were so good they were boring

A game that not many watched (no one can blame you) produced the day’s best performance. In a 7-0 win over BATE Borisov, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano scored five times, tying Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in a Champions League match.

With five on his tab, you’d think there were some spectacular clips for Adriano’s highlight reel. Not quite. Instead, his tally, and Shakhtar’s seven in total, was more the result of off-the-ball excellence than impressive finishing.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. “Get it how you live” is correct expression here.

It was just that kind of day for Adriano, who now shares a line in UEFA’s record book with one of the greatest players of all time. The individual goals may not have been exciting, but the bottom line was.