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Black eyes, space trips and a mis-timed Jump

Published: Friday 27 September 2013, 10.00CET
There was a big cup shock in Scotland while Stefan Kiessling enjoyed a bruising week and Van Halen caused a commotion in France. UEFA.com recaps the best of the action.

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Published: Friday 27 September 2013, 10.00CET

Black eyes, space trips and a mis-timed Jump

There was a big cup shock in Scotland while Stefan Kiessling enjoyed a bruising week and Van Halen caused a commotion in France. UEFA.com recaps the best of the action.

Team: Greenock Morton FC
Not since 1971 had the second-tier side come away from Celtic Park with a victory, but 42 years on Allan Moore's men produced a massive shock to knock league champions Celtic FC out of the Scottish League Cup on Tuesday. After keeping the UEFA Champions League hopefuls scoreless for 90 minutes, Doug Imrie scored from the penalty spot seven minutes into extra time to send Morton, second bottom in the Championship, into the quarter-finals.

"We said: 'If you swap a jersey, make sure it's full of sweat so they know you have put a shift in,'" Moore explained after the final whistle sounded on his players' hard work. "There were a lot of jerseys in there full of sweat. You need boys with desire and work rate and they had it in abundance."

Player: Jonatan Soriano (FC Salzburg)
The 28-year-old Spanish forward is on a remarkable run of goalscoring form, which he continued last weekend despite the unbeaten Austrian Bundesliga leaders being held at home by Wolfsberger AC. The former RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona man struck his ninth goal in as many league games this season in the 2-2 draw, a total which includes a hat-trick in the opening-day win at SC Wiener Neustadt.

That treble is just one of four this term, as Union St Florian were on the receiving end in the Austrian Cup, while VMFD Žalgiris and IF Elfsborg have suffered at the feet of the lethal striker in the UEFA Europa Leaugue. "Every time I score three goals I take the match ball home," he told UEFA.com after the Elfsborg victory on matchday one. "I always get the team to sign it. That was my seventh overall."

Goal: Leighton Baines (Everton FC) x 2
Take your pick of the England left-back's pair of second-half free-kicks in Everton's 3-2 Premier League triumph at West Ham United FC last Saturday. If the first goal displayed the power and precision contained within the 28-year-old Baines's left boot – driving a set piece into the top left corner beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen from 25 metres – the second showed a sublime touch as he curled the ball beautifully over the wall and into the opposite corner, brushing the upright.

"On the first one [Jääskeläinen] was quite central, so that made my mind up. And, obviously, having done that, he's got to cover that side next time. I saw his position and changed my mind and went for the other side," said the Blues hero.

Number: 22
After successfully converting all 21 previous penalty attempts in his career, Mario Balotelli's remarkable run came to an end with his 22nd attempt, on 22 September, during AC Milan's 2-1 home defeat by SSC Napoli. Pepe Reina was the man to deny him, the first goalkeeper not to be deceived by the forward's languid approach and side-footed finish.

"It was the most important penalty I saved in my career," said the Spanish international custodian after his side's first victory over Milan at San Siro since 1986.

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"Before the game I told my players that you don't play derbies, you win them. The emotion of winning this match and watching the players celebrate with our supporters is just magic. I want to tell the fans that now I feel one of them, a real Romanista."
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia on his first Rome derby success, a 2-0 home win against SS Lazio

DJ: Breakbot
While it may come down to Paris Saint-Germain FC and AS Monaco FC tussling for the Ligue 1 title, there is little doubt the most intense rivalry in France is still between PSG and Olympique de Marseille – though nobody told DJ Breakbot.

An up-and-coming talent in the French music scene, the DJ was tasked with warming up the PSG crowd ahead of the Monaco match last Sunday, but his music choices left a lot to be desired among the 40,000 home fans. Boos rained down when Breakbot spun Van Halen's Jump, a track played at OM's Stade Vélodrome for the last 25 years when the players take to the field. It was not appreciated by the Parc des Princes faithful. "I'm sorry to the PSG fans I offended. I didn't know the meaning of Jump," said the bemused DJ after his faux pas.

Black and blue: Stefan Kiessling
There is nothing strange about picking up a bruise or two in the course of a game, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward Stefan Kiessling can count himself a touch unfortunate after collecting a pair of shiners in consecutive matches.

The Germany striker had some consolation when receiving his first black eye in the act of scoring during Leverkusen's 3-1 Bundesliga win against VfL Wolfsburg. However, there was less to soothe the pain when another blow blackened his other eye in the 4-2 UEFA Champions League defeat at Manchester United FC on matchday one. Even so, the forward took it on the chin, so to speak. "It is not going to kill me," the 29-year-old said, before scoring in last Saturday's 4-1 victory away to 1. FSV Mainz 05 to show he has not lost his eye for goal.

Fitting farewell: Gerrie Mühren
One of the stars of the AFC Ajax side that won three successive European Champion Clubs' Cups in the 1970s, Gerrie Mühren died last week. Yet his spirit lived on when Ajax met his first club, FC Volendam, in a Dutch Cup tie on Wednesday night.

Tribute were paid to the stylish midfielder before the game – and, notably so, during it as his 24-year-old nephew Robert Mühren struck twice for visitors Volendam. Although Ajax won 4-2 after extra time, the goalscoring feat – particularly the fact he had scored in minute 67, the age at which his uncle died – shook Robert. "It was a very special evening," he said. "Two goals – who would have dared to dream about that? And a goal in the 67th minute. I had goosebumps all over."

First club in space: HNK Hajduk Split
Hajduk have struggled to match arch-rivals GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian First League in recent years – but are nonetheless set for a stratospheric first. Split-based businessman Juroslav Buljubašić is promising to take his Hajduk scarf into space, having bought a seat on one of the first available commercial flights beyond the earth's atmosphere four years ago.

"Some fans came to me and told me that Hajduk always need to be first – ahead of Dinamo Zagreb, of course – and begged me to take the scarf with me, so that Hajduk can be the first in space," Buljubašić explained. "I was delighted with the idea and will take the scarf with me."

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