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Shakhtar sack Rome as Cissé shocks Athens

Published: Friday 18 February 2011, 9.50CET
Heurelho Gomes broke hearts in Milan, FC Shakhtar Donetsk shone in Rome and Djibril Cissé dazzled in a black skirt and combat boots – fillets the week gone by.
Shakhtar sack Rome as Cissé shocks Athens
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Published: Friday 18 February 2011, 9.50CET

Shakhtar sack Rome as Cissé shocks Athens

Heurelho Gomes broke hearts in Milan, FC Shakhtar Donetsk shone in Rome and Djibril Cissé dazzled in a black skirt and combat boots – fillets the week gone by.

Player: Heurelho Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Peter Crouch's goal won the day as the UEFA Champions League debutants won 1-0 in their second visit to San Siro this season, but goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was the hero of the night with two terrific saves from Mario Yepes. "He was our best player," said team-mate Rafael van der Vaart. "He's not scared; he came out and took everything." Gomes, sent off early when Spurs lost 4-3 to FC Internazionale Milano at the same venue in the group stage, told "I made a couple of good saves," adding: "It's not easy to play at San Siro." You would not know that watching him.

Team: FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Last time Shakhtar visited Roma they lost 4-0; this week, they marked their debut in the knockout stage of Europe's top club competition with a rousing 3-2 win at the Stadio Olimpico. Before the game coach Mircea Lucescu told he thought "the difference in class between football in eastern and western Europe was narrowing". After their slick display in the Eternal City, striker Eduardo echoed those comments: "I heard that when Roma drew us they were happy," he said. "We've shown that sides from eastern Europe like Shakhtar can pull off a surprise."

Goal: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC)
Rooney has found goals hard to come by lately, but he was the talk of Europe after his sensational winner on Saturday as United beat Manchester City FC 2-1, dispatching Nani's ball with a stellar overhead kick. "That's definitely my best goal ever," the striker said. His manager Sir Alex Ferguson was even more impressed: "I don't think I've ever seen a better one here at Old Trafford. We've had some classic goals, but in terms of execution you'll never see anything like that."

For valour: Arsène Wenger (Arsenal FC)
Facing a side they had failed to defeat in five previous meetings, a team who shredded his Gunners over two legs only last season, Wenger might have been tempted to park the proverbial bus in front of Wojciech Szczęsny's goal on Wednesday. As it was, Arsenal displayed the courage of their coach's convictions, played their trademark flowing game and beat FC Barcelona 2-1. Wenger said: "We suffered at times but we never gave up. When you play Barcelona you are always on the verge of collapse because you can be punished severely. It's still open – it's exciting."

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Number: 25
Aris Thessaloniki FC could not find a way past Manchester City
in Tuesday's UEFA Europa League round of 32 opener, but a goalless draw meant their remarkable unbeaten home run in UEFA club competition extended to 25 games – 13 wins, 12 draws. Coach Giannis Michalitsos told the clubs' fans have played their part in making the Kleanthis Vikelidis Stadium an impregnable European fortress, explaining: "Our supporters transmit their energy to the players – they can lift them when they are feeling down. They sing non-stop for two hours; it's impressive."

Birthday celebration: HNK Hajduk Split
NK Dinamo Zagreb have won the last five Croatian titles, but their arch-rivals took the opportunity to celebrate last weekend as they marked their centenary. Festivities peaked at midnight on Saturday, when over 3,000 flames were lit around the city. "Hajduk are everything to me; they're in my mind all the time," said former goalkeeper Vladimir Beara, who represented the Split outfit 308 times. "Although I am 82, I still go to almost every Hajduk match and, as long as I can walk, I'll keep going."

Tears on his pillow: Aleksandar Stanojević (FK Partizan)
Letting go of a star player is never a pleasure for a coach, but when he allowed his forward Cléo to join Chinese side Guangzhou FC, Partizan boss Stanojević admitted that he had effectively sold one of his heroes. The 25-year-old Brazilian's goals in qualifying helped propel the Serbian titleholders into this season's UEFA Champions League group stage, and Stanojević said: "Honestly, I still have a photo of Cléo next to my bed because he helped us get to the group stage, but we couldn't refuse an offer like this one."

Fashion forward: Djibril Cissé (Panathinaikos FC)
Cissé's audacious haircuts have vied for attention with his goalscoring over the years, but after setting up one and scoring another in Panathinaikos's 3-1 derby victory against AEK Athens FC on Sunday he eclipsed even that. His wife Jude Cissé tweeted before an awards ceremony for Status magazine: "Greece won't be ready for what Djibril will wear tonight." She was right. He collected his sportsman of the year gong wearing a black pleated skirt, a white cocktail jacket and black combat boots. Not sure if it will catch on on the terraces.

Last updated: 18/02/11 16.01CET

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