Goal: Dejan Stanković (FC Internazionale Milano)
A simply stunning strike, albeit eerily similar to one he scored in a 5-0 win against Genoa CFC in October 2009. Less than 30 seconds had elapsed when FC Schalke 04 keeper Manuel Neuer raced out of his goal to head away Esteban Cambiasso's searching pass. It was a healthy clearance, but sailed straight to Stanković, who, 53 metres from goal, set himself and volleyed over the stranded custodian and into the unguarded net. Coach Leonardo was hardly in the mood to celebrate after a 5-2 loss, but credited the midfielder for scoring "a great goal".
Team: FC Schalke 04
Schalke might have been forgiven for taking their time to react to Stanković's remarkable effort, but were level after 17 minutes. After falling behind yet again, the unfancied Bundesliga outfit, buoyed by the return of coach Ralf Rangnick, equalised before the break and added another three after the interval. The holders will have to break new ground if they are to halt Schalke's march to the last four: no side has recovered from a three-goal deficit at home in the UEFA Champions League. "It is definitely the best game of my career," fizzed Rangnick. "Had someone told us before the match that we would beat Inter by three goals, we would have had them certified insane."
Player: Emmanuel Adebayor (Real Madrid CF)
Here is one man Tottenham Hotspur FC will hope not to see when Madrid visit White Hart Lane on Wednesday. The Merengues put Harry Redknapp's team to the sword with a 4-0 win at the Santiago Bernabéu, Adebayor scoring the first two. The Togolese striker previously found the net on eight occasions in nine appearances against Spurs during his time at north London rivals Arsenal FC. "I was hoping for my first Champions League goal for Madrid against Lyon in the last round, but unfortunately it didn't happen," the 27-year-old said. "I made sure to keep my confidence high, though, while continuing to train hard and today it paid off."
"First of all, it will be my health to determine my situation. I will continue as long as I have the energy I've enjoyed all my life. My father retired on his 65th birthday and a year later he was dead. The worst thing you can do is put your slippers on."
Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson staves off retirement once more due to a fear of killer footwear
José Mourinho's CV needs no talking up, but there was one particular record which stood out from all the rest. Unbeaten as a coach in 150 home league fixtures – spanning spells at FC Porto, Chelsea FC, Inter and Madrid – the Portuguese's bubble was finally burst on Saturday, Real Sporting de Gijón winning 1-0 in the Spanish capital. The Special One said last week, "I don't play for records, I just play to win home games", and chose not to reflect too much on the end of that run, concluding: "Luck is part of football. Our opponents had it, we didn't."
Who's the daddy? Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
The Spain midfielder marked the first game since the birth of his daughter with a second-minute goal in the 5-1 win against FC Shakhtar Donetsk. He told UEFA.com: "What a great week this has been: scoring a goal, helping the team win a really tricky match and becoming a father – you can guess how happy I feel." Iniesta celebrated his strike with a thumb-sucking salute. "I'm a team player and the goal was to try and get the win but I celebrated it for her," he added.
Mission (almost) accomplished: FC Porto
André Villas-Boas's charges may have secured the Portuguese Liga title on Sunday, but there is no sign of the new champions resting on their laurels. "We achieved the most important thing, the championship, but we cannot relax as we want to finish the league without defeat," said striker Hulk. Unbeaten in 25 league fixtures this term, the UEFA Europa League quarter-finalists have only five games to go to achieve that target.
Popular boy: Mladen Petrić (Hamburger SV)
Petrić suffered a scare when the Hamburg team bus was pulled over by the police. Fortunately for the Croatia striker, it was only an admiring officer seeking a slice of personal memorabilia. "All the other players were smiling," recalled Petrić. "I thought they were making fun, so I didn't move at first. Eventually I realised they really wanted me to go to the front. When I got there a young police woman told me she was a big fan of mine, got out her autograph book and asked for my signature."
April Fools: Cris and Montpellier Hérault SC
The first day of the fourth month always ensures pranks aplenty, and this year France was the place for 'Poisson d'Avril' stunts. Olympique Lyonnais centre-back Cris was in on the act, revealing – mid-laughter – in a television interview that he was set to join the club's arch-rivals AS Saint-Étienne. Montpellier, meanwhile, announced that their French League Cup final against Olympique de Marseille would be played at Wembley Stadium.
Millstone milestone: Umut Bulut (Trabzonspor AŞ)
Striker Umut Bulut became the 33rd player to score 100 Turkish Super League goals in last weekend's 1-0 victory against Konyaspor, ending a two-month barren run in front of goal. Asked whether he was delighted, the 28-year-old replied: "Actually, I am not happy. I am only glad to have the pressure off me. They have been writing about this record in the papers every week and it was getting me down."
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