Player: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain FC)
Who else? The extraordinary PSG captain was at it again, in irrepressible mood as he became only the 11th player to hit four or more goals in a UEFA Champions League game. A 19-minute first-half hat-trick – sealed in style by a ferocious first-time strike from distance – blew RSC Anderlecht away, and a relentless Ibrahimović fired a fourth for good measure after the hour to make it an incredible ten goals in his last five matches for club and country. Such white-hot form raises expectations – even those of the man himself, whose positive post-match interview was still tinged with disappointment at failing to better his terrific haul. "OK, I did not score five and [Edinson] Cavani scored one, but we still won 5-0 and it was very good," he said.
Team: AS Roma
In a week when FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid both surrendered their 100% starts to the Liga campaign, Roma marched on in Italy. Miralem Pjanić weighed in with both goals as the Giallorossi posted their eighth win from as many games by defeating SSC Napoli 2-0 and strode five points clear at the summit. The result meant Rudi Garcia's team equalled Juventus' record sequences at the start of the 1930/31 and 1985/86 seasons, when the Bianconeri went on to pip Roma to the Serie A title. "We're doing really well defensively but we're knocking the goals in as well. We've scored at least two in every game," enthused coach Garcia.
Goal: Jack Wilshere (Arsenal FC)
The finishing touch was tremendous, but Wilshere's opener in Arsenal's 4-1 Premier League win against Norwich City FC may have been the ultimate team effort. It went like this: Mathieu Flamini to Wilshere, to Kieran Gibbs, to Santi Cazorla, to Wilshere, to Cazorla, to Olivier Giroud, back-heel to Wilshere, flick back to Giroud, audacious lift on to Wilshere, goal. "It's close to perfection," said Gunners manager Arsène Wenger as he reflected on an extraordinary piece of footballing engineering. "There aren't many teams that can score that type of goal," noted Norwich boss Chris Hughton.
A 26-year-old Austrian record was smashed in style by Roger Schmidt's FC Salzburg on Saturday, as victory against FC Wacker Innsbruck made it 31 league matches unbeaten. Any possible nerves they may have felt as they looked to break SK Rapid Wien's tally, set across 1986 and 1987, were not in evidence as they crashed six unanswered goals past the league's second-bottom side, sending them eight points clear in the standings and taking their tally to a remarkable 41 strikes in just 12 league games this season. "The record is a huge achievement because we have had some tough games along the way," said Schmidt. "Going 31 matches without losing is outstanding – it's not a title, but I'm extremely proud."
"We're here with a Volkswagen Beetle built in 1970 against a Formula 1 car. It's normal that you're overtaken in the end."
Thomas Tuchel after his 1. FSV Mainz side's 1-0 lead became a 4-1 loss against FC Bayern München.
Wedding crasher: Steve Bull (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)
Skipping his first Wolves home game in over 37 years to attend his stepdaughter's wedding, one supporter of the 1972 UEFA Cup runners-up received a "big surprise" when he discovered that the club's record goalscorer was among the guests. Peter Abbott, who travels 530km from his home in Ipswich to watch every match at Molineux, was stunned to learn the bride and groom had contacted the third-tier side to involve the former England striker in their special day. "The club arranged for him to be there as a big surprise – he's a legend," said Mr Abbott. "We talked about the old days and where the club is now, a fan's conversation really." Normal service was resumed on Tuesday for the visit of Oldham Athletic AFC.
Understatement of the week: Stephanie Roche (Peamount United)
"I hadn't scored this season yet and it was my first goal, so I was happy to score," said Peamount's Republic of Ireland international Roche. "I just thought it was a good goal." The 24-year-old's strike in a 6-1 win against Wexford Youths Women's AFC was a little bit more special than that; a terrific piece of control followed by a thunderous shot on the turn. The club's official video of the goal gained approval from England greats Gary Lineker and Matthew Le Tissier among others, and made an internet star of Peamount coach Eileen Gleeson, who described her touchline celebrations as being akin to an "out-of-body experience". "I knew straight away how good a goal it was," she said. Now you do, too.
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