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Thrills, spills and a venerable Porto chairman

Published: Friday 2 November 2012, 11.30CET
Shattered records, sensational comebacks and a modest chairman celebrating his 1,000th match feature as UEFA.com digests the last seven days in European football.

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Published: Friday 2 November 2012, 11.30CET

Thrills, spills and a venerable Porto chairman

Shattered records, sensational comebacks and a modest chairman celebrating his 1,000th match feature as UEFA.com digests the last seven days in European football.

Player: Anja Mittag (WFC Malmö) & Conny Pohlers (VfL Wolfsburg)
Raúl González and Filippo Inzaghi once swapped the title of all-time UEFA club competition top scorer with blasé abandon and now it is happening in the women's game. Mittag and Pohlers were 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam team-mates when they won the 2005 UEFA Women's Cup; go forward seven years and both began the week a goal short of Hanna Ljungberg's long-standing UEFA women's club competition record haul of 39. On Wednesday, Mittag struck on two minutes to give Malmö a 1-0 UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 first-leg win against ASD Torres CF; then Pohlers capped Wolfsburg's 4-1 defeat of Røa IL 24 hours later. Both players will be in second-leg action next Wednesday and, with Wolfsburg involved in an earlier kick-off, Pohlers is favourite to raise the bar first. 

Team: Antalyaspor
Turkish Super League outfit Antalyaspor caused a stir last weekend when they ended Fenerbahçe SK's 47-match unbeaten home run in the league, dispatching the capital club 3-1 at Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium. Mehmet Özdilek's men now trail table-topping Galatasaray AŞ on goal difference alone. Özdilek, 46, who had his coaching internship at Newcastle United FC under Sir Bobby Robson and Manchester United FC under Sir Alex Ferguson, has been with Antalyaspor since the 2008/09 season.

Goal: Sidney Sam (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
The winger's decisive goal for fifth-placed Leverkusen was not the prettiest but its impact was telling, as FC Bayern München's record start to the Bundesliga campaign – comprising eight victories from as many games – came crashing to a halt with a 2-1 home defeat. Mario Mandžukić thought he had rescued a point for the home side after cancelling out Stefan Kiessling's opener, before Sam's glancing header three minutes from time deflected in off Jérôme Boateng.

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"He has earned his winter vacation, but if he scores ten goals I'll pay for him to take a tour of the Caribbean."
AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini pays tribute to Stephan El Shaarawy after the 20-year-old forward hit his eighth goal of the season to earn the Rossoneri a 2-2 draw at US Città di Palermo. 

Number: 1000
Bizarre coincidences are surprisingly commonplace in football, as FC Porto chairman Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa discovered first hand. The 74-year-old marked his 1,000th match as Porto president this week at the stadium where it all began 30 years ago. On 24 April 1982, hours after taking the role, he watched the Dragons draw 1-1 at GD Estoril-Praia. On Sunday, Porto won 2-1 in Estoril to provide Pinto da Costa with victory number 724. There have been just 92 losses in a reign that has brought 57 trophies. "I'm not seeking records and I didn't have the slightest idea it was my 1,000th game," he said. "It was an interesting coincidence."

Stunning comeback one: Arsenal FC
"That was not a football score, that was a hockey score," declared then Chelsea FC manager José Mourinho after Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur FC 5-4 in 2004. One can only imagine what the Real Madrid CF boss made of this week's English League Cup fourth-round action, as Arsenal prevailed 7-5 at Reading FC after extra time on Tuesday. The Gunners were 4-0 down inside 37 minutes, yet levelled in second-half stoppage time and went on to win courtesy of a Theo Walcott hat-trick. "We went from disaster to, I must say, pride – because we came back in the second half with a decent performance," Arsène Wenger reflected. Arsenal are now the first team in the competition's history to score six goals or more in consecutive matches, while Reading are the first side in either English cup competition to hit five and still lose. 

Stunning comeback two: NK Zadar
Promising teenager Stipe Perica inspired Zadar to a remarkable comeback in the Croatian Cup quarter-finals. Trailing First League leaders GNK Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 with seven minutes left, the 17-year-old struck twice in three minutes to draw his club – bottom of the top flight – level. Josip Ivančić then netted for visitors Zadar in extra time to complete a sensational turnaround. "I couldn't sleep all night after the match," said Perica, who has two substitute league appearances to his name. "I have just finished school, but we couldn't concentrate on our lessons because we were reading the match reports online."

Emanuelson's theory of relativity
Feyenoord earned a 2-2 Eredivisie home draw with AFC Ajax in De Klassieker (the classic) last Sunday, with debutant forward Jean-Paul Boëtius getting on the scoresheet. This caught the attention of Dutch international and AC Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson, who had hurried home to watch after training. "It was a nice surprise to see Jean-Paul Boëtius in the lineup," he said. "My mother told me three years ago that a nephew of mine had signed a contract with Feyenoord. She was on the plane so I couldn't check it was him, but going by his name and Feyenoord I was 99% sure," said Emanuelson, who was also handed his Ajax debut by Ronald Koeman – the current Feyenoord boss – in 2004/05.

Crossing boundaries: FC Astra Ploieşti
Last weekend, for the first time in the Romanian top flight, a team sought accommodation in another country prior to a league match. Astra play home games in Giurgiu, 60km south of Bucharest by the Danube, on the border with Bulgaria. Before the visit of CSMS Iași, their usual hotel was hosting a large wedding party, while the city's second leading hotel was occupied by the visiting side. Rather than make the voyage from Bucharest, Astra opted to stay in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, across the Danube and just 15km from their stadium. The unusual decision had no effect on Astra, however, as they ran out 1-0 winners.

Halloween havoc: Juventus
Juventus celebrated Halloween in style, posting a series of mock-up photos on Facebook and Twitter of their squad as ghosts, ghouls and other menacing characters. Andrea Pirlo starred as the Joker, Arturo Vidal featured as Hannibal Lecter, Gianluigi Buffon played Freddy Krueger, while towering defender Lucio looked every bit the part as the Terminator. Paul Pogba was chief protagonist, and evidently embraced his new guise as Darth Maul on Wednesday night by terrorising Bologna FC and heading a stoppage-time winner.

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