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Basel dazzle and Juventus meet their match

Published: Friday 20 September 2013, 9.00CET
FC Basel 1893 startled at Stamford Bridge, Johan Wiland single-handedly kept Juventus at bay and there is fun in a bun for Zlatan Ibrahimović: UEFA.com digests a week of wonderment.

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Published: Friday 20 September 2013, 9.00CET

Basel dazzle and Juventus meet their match

FC Basel 1893 startled at Stamford Bridge, Johan Wiland single-handedly kept Juventus at bay and there is fun in a bun for Zlatan Ibrahimović: UEFA.com digests a week of wonderment.

Team: FC Basel 1893
UEFA Europa League semi-finalists last season, Basel made an extraordinary start to their latest UEFA Champions League group stage adventure as goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller whipped the rug from out under Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge, securing a 2-1 win for Murat Yakin's side – the first victory on English soil for a Swiss club in 20 visits.

"We will remain humble now and know that all we did today was to win the first game," said Yakin afterwards. "Huge compliments to my team, though: after years we have finally managed to win a game over here." Streller added: "I talked to my team-mates at 1-1 and said: 'Boys, we can win here.' I'm happy they listened to me."

Player: Johan Wiland (FC København)
There were times on Tuesday when Juventus must have thought they would never break through the Wiland wall. Over the course of 90 minutes they tried everything – cute headers, shots from distance, shots from two metres and countless one-on-ones. Only once in 25 attempts did they get past the Sweden goalkeeper, Fabio Quagliarella cancelling out Nicolai Jørgensen's opener to raise hopes of a winner. Not on Wiland's watch. "Amazing," was Juve boss Antonio Conte's grudging assessment.

"I have never made so many saves in a single game at København as I have today," admitted the 32-year-old after the final whistle.

Goal: Vladimír Weiss (Olympiacos FC)
If extra points were awarded for artistic interpretation, Vladimír Weiss' effort against Paris Saint-Germain FC might have earned Olympiacos a 4-4 draw; as it was, his tremendous run in from the left, during which he nutmegged Marquinhos and shimmied around Thiago Silva before scoring, was some consolation in a 4-1 opening night UEFA Champions League defeat.

Still, the Slovakia midfielder had reason to be pleased. "It was my first Champions League goal and the first time that my wife was at a game here so it was a special moment for me," said the 23-year-old. "I was very emotional and that's why I ran towards my wife to celebrate. I only wish that my goal could have meant we got a positive result, but it wasn't to be."

Number: 30
The first night of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage set new standards in the world's top club competition, with 30 goals scored – more than on any previous opening night in the history of the competition in its current format. That meant an average of 3.75 goals per game, the highest opening-night average since the competition's inception in 1992/93.

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"It's gone very quick and I am very pleased to have scored 200 goals for a club like Manchester United. It's a great honour for me. Hopefully there will be more to come."
Wayne Rooney celebrates reaching 200 goals for Manchester United FC in his 406th game, Tuesday's 4-2 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Delicacy: Zlatan burger
Zlatan Ibrahimović's fame in France spread to the culinary sector this week when a restaurant in Boulogne-Billancourt, a western Parisian suburb close to the Parc des Princes, launched the 'Zlatan burger'. The dish is described as having a strong taste by its creator to reflect the Sweden captain's forceful personality. The PSG forward, a €20m signing from AC Milan in summer 2012, will also be pleased to know that the burger costs twice as much as the next cheapest option.

Feeling 20 years younger: Alessandro Del Piero
Having announced on Wednesday via his Twitter account that he was the new captain of Sydney FC, Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero took a long stroll down memory lane on Thursday, with 19 September marking the 20th anniversary of the game in which he scored his first goal: Juve's 4-0 win against AC Reggiana 1919.

To celebrate, he relived that auspicious day in real time, tweeting such updates as "8:40:alarm clock goes off in Villar. No other thoughts but match: today there's Juve-Reggiana, I'll be on the bench. Now breakfast," and "11.30am I'm calling home: 'Mom, dad happy wedding anniversary! We'll speak after the match…'" Finally, he comes on as a sub and finds the target: "Di Livio his getting forward, his crossing is for me. I let the ball cross over, I'm looking the goal area, left foot. GOALLLLLL!"

Piano men: Carlisle United AFC
English third-tier side Carlisle finally won their first game of a miserable season at the seventh attempt, with stand-in manager Graham Kavanagh quick to credit an appalling rendition of Billy Joel's Piano Man by the club's youth coach David Wilkes for the Cumbrians' 1-0 success against Sheffield United FC.

"I said to the boys before the game that if they won, they could have Monday off, but if we lost, Davie was coming in to finish the rest of the song," Kavanagh explained. "So that was a big incentive for them not to lose. He sang Piano Man. Was it any good? That's debatable."

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