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Aris and Berbatov shine, Mourinho left to reflect

Published: Friday 3 December 2010, 12.47CET
FC Barcelona were not the only side getting the better of a Madrid team while Dimitar Berbatov found goalscoring form, Mido gave 125,000% and Pascal Nouma threw some shapes.
by Paul Saffer
Aris and Berbatov shine, Mourinho left to reflect
Dimitar Berbatov (left) had five goals to celebrate last weekend ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 3 December 2010, 12.47CET

Aris and Berbatov shine, Mourinho left to reflect

FC Barcelona were not the only side getting the better of a Madrid team while Dimitar Berbatov found goalscoring form, Mido gave 125,000% and Pascal Nouma threw some shapes.

Team: Aris Thessaloniki FC
FC Barcelona's was not the only superb victory against a Madrid club this week. Indeed, Aris's 3-2 triumph at Club Atlético de Madrid on Wednesday – leading early, falling 2-1 down, equalising and then winning with a late Nikos Lazaridis goal – left the UEFA Europa League holders behind the second-placed Greek team in Group B with one game remaining. Atlético captain Antonio López admitted: "Before kick-off losing this match never crossed our minds."

Player: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United FC)
Berbatov had failed to score in ten games before United welcomed Blackburn Rovers FC last Saturday. His drought was over within 72 seconds and by the end he had equalled a Premier League record with five goals in a 7-1 win. "The first goal was the most important," he said. "It gives you the confidence to play. As a striker, people tend only to look at the goals you score. I am more concerned with how I play but today was all about goals for me."

Goal: Emanuel Gigliotti (Novara Calcio)
A foray into Serie B this week but well worth it. Leaders Novara were heading for a 1-0 loss at second-placed AC Siena when, in the 93rd minute, Filippo Porcari chipped the ball to Pablo González out on the left. He exchanged first-time headers with Manuel Scavone, then controlled on his chest and volleyed a cross into the goalmouth which was met perfectly by a diving Gigliotti header – the ball not having touched the ground since the initial pass.

Quote: José Mourinho (Real Madrid CF)
"Loss, yes – humiliation, no. It was a defeat we deserved, we just weren't good enough."
Mourinho sums up the biggest defeat of his coaching career, 5-0 at Barcelona.

Ring of ire: Steven Davis (Rangers FC)
Never mind that he was helping push the team bus out of the snow or that he and his Rangers team-mates assisted other motorists. The only relevant information for Mrs Davis when her husband returned from Dundee last weekend was that he did so without his wedding ring, lost in the white stuff somewhere on the M90 motorway. "All the boys were out pushing the bus which had become stuck in the snow and they helped a few other drivers too," said the midfielder. "I managed to lose my wedding ring in among the melee which didn't go down too well."

Mathematical concept: Mido (AFC Ajax)
Not happy with a player giving 100%? Or even, such is a debasement of said currency, 110% or 200%? Here is Mido after his first Eredivisie goal since returning to Ajax in last Sunday's 2-0 win at VVV Venlo: "Every time I play for this club I give 125,000%." Beat that.

Celebration: Francesco Caputo (AS Bari)
Having given, at the very least, a percentage in quadruple figures, Caputo was delighted after being set up by Emanuel Rivas to equalise just after Bari had fallen behind to fellow Serie A strugglers AC Cesena last weekend. However, his celebration proved as lethal as his finish – when Rivas ran to congratulate him he was floored by Caputo's flailing fist. Fortunately, Rivas was fine to continue.

Rash promise: Gjorgji Todorovski (FK Vardar)
Vardar, the Macedonian First League's most successful club, have had a miserable start to the campaign and on Saturday, without an away victory, visited old rivals FK Pelister. Coach Todorovski promised his players that if they won he would walk the 180km back to Vardar's Skopje home, and after a 2-1 success lifted his side off the bottom – replaced by Pelister – he was ready to do precisely that. "I was prepared to go on foot immediately after the game, as far as I could get," said Todorovski. "I told the players, but at the last moment they took pity on me and did not allow it."

Cosmic dancer: Pascal Nouma
Unheralded in his native France, Nouma became a folk hero to Beşiktaş JK fans during a spell in 2000/01. Since retirement, Nouma – who confesses to "a certain notoriety" in Turkey – has appeared in a Turkish remake of Star Wars and is now impressing judges in the local television celebrity dancing competition, Yok Böyle Dans. Over in the UK, England's most-capped player Peter Shilton fared less well on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. "You look like a penguin stuck in the mud," said one judge before his elimination.

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