Team: AS Yzeure
Yzeure gave their coach an early birthday present by pulling off the biggest upset of the French Cup round of 64. Riding high in division B of the regional fourth tier, Yzeure prevailed against top-flight opponents FC Lorient last Saturday thanks to Steve M'Bida's 24th-minute goal at their Stade de Bellevue. Lorient, ninth in Ligue 1, were hitherto unbeaten in seven games. "I was a bit scared 30 minutes from time when we missed one or two chances," said Yzeure boss Nicolas Dupuis, who turned 46 on Monday. "Against a team like Lorient it could have cost us, but we did it with our hearts and supported by 2,000 fans. We need to thank them too." Yzeure's reward is a visit from Olympique Lyonnais on 21 January.
Player: Kaká (AC Milan)
"I don't know how to explain it," said Kaká after becoming only the tenth player to complete a century of goals for Milan. The Brazil playmaker executed the landmark strike 35 minutes into Monday's 3-0 home success against Atalanta BC, taking receipt of Urby Emanuelson's pass and caressing the ball into the far corner. "I'm extremely happy to be part of the history of this club. I have been waiting for the 100th goal for a few games now. Every goal I score is exciting. Each time I hear the fans sing my name it's a great feeling because I know it comes from the heart," said the 31-year-old Kaká, who claimed 95 of his goals for Milan between 2003 and 2009 when helping the Rossoneri win the Scudetto and the UEFA Champions League among other trophies.
Goal: Barak Itzhaki (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC)
The 29-year-old forward set tongues wagging in Israel with a stunning strike in Maccabi Tel-Aviv's 3-1 home defeat of Maccabi Haifa FC on Monday. Peeling into space at the back post, Itzhaki studied Maharan Radi's long diagonal pass as time stood still before sensationally dispatching a sublime overhead kick into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area. "Believe it or not, I said to [team-mate] Eran Zahavi before the match that I would score a bicycle kick," said Itzhaki, whose team – six points clear at the Israeli Premier League summit – face FC Basel 1863 in next month's UEFA Europa League round of 32.
"Eusébio carried the Portuguese flag and our pride to the four corners of the world. A football genius and an example of humility, an athlete of excellence and a generous and supportive man, Eusébio was an example of professionalism, determination and devotion to his national colours and Benfica for all sports and all Portuguese."
Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho pays tribute to the great Eusébio, who passed away on Sunday
It was a case of another week, another milestone for Real Madrid CF forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Having doubled the Merengues' lead in their 3-0 Liga home victory over RC Celta da Vigo on Monday, the Portuguese international registered his 400th career goal for club and country by turning in Gareth Bale's cross on the stroke of full-time. "I dedicate these two goals to you, Eusébio, but in fact you were the one who scored them. You'll always be in my heart," said the 28-year-old, who has now struck 230 times in just 221 appearances for the Spanish capital club.
Appointed last Thursday, Ole Gunnar Solskjær enjoyed his debut as Cardiff City FC manager, overseeing a 2-1 triumph at Newcastle United FC in the FA Cup third round. The man who cultivated a reputation for himself as a lethal substitute at Manchester United FC introduced Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell in the second half at St James' Park and each player scored – the former within 60 seconds – as Cardiff rallied from a goal down to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2010. "When you turn a game around, it is fantastic," said the 40-year-old Solskjær, a two-time FA Cup winner as a player. "The best feeling you have in games is when you really deserve it and they did today. You want players that can make an impact, when I put Fraizer on we knew about his pace and agility."
A family affair
After UEFA.com celebrated some of the continent's greatest footballing dynasties, Norwich City FC played host to a particularly heart-warming family occasion. When 18-year-old winger Josh Murphy limped off 78 minutes into the Canaries' FA Cup stalemate with Fulham FC at Carrow Road, identical twin Jacob emerged from the bench for his debut. "When I found out I was in the starting lineup, me and my brother went in the toilets and quickly gave each other a high five. It was a big moment for us," said Josh, who was making his first senior start. "When I came off I was happy that he was going on. I saw him standing there with a little smile on his face and I was like, 'It's your turn.'"
A class act
The season of 'good will to all men' may have passed but AFC Bournemouth are still indulging in the Christmas spirit. Indeed, fans of the English second division (or Championship) outfit raised more than €3,385 to fund Burton Albion FC supporters' coaches for their rearranged FA tie on 14 January. The decision was taken after the initial fixture was abandoned over an hour before kick-off, meaning around 200 Burton fans had made a fruitless 300-mile trip to the south coast. "It's the most incredible gesture and I think it's probably unprecedented in football for supporters to be so generous," enthused Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn.
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