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Robben and Quevilly's cups runneth over

Published: Friday 26 March 2010, 10.30CET
The cup exploits of FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben and giant-killing US Quevilly caught UEFA.com's eye this week together with a Belgian teenager's scoring record.
Robben and Quevilly's cups runneth over
Quevilly celebrate reaching the French Cup semi-finals ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 26 March 2010, 10.30CET

Robben and Quevilly's cups runneth over

The cup exploits of FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben and giant-killing US Quevilly caught UEFA.com's eye this week together with a Belgian teenager's scoring record.

Team: US Quevilly
Ten years after Calais RUFC became the first amateur team to reach the French Cup final, US Quevilly stand one step away from emulating their feat. The fourth-tier side reached the semi-finals on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory against top-flight US Boulogne, their second Ligue 1 victims after Stade Rennais FC. Régis Brouard's men have now matched the famous Quevilly team of 1968 which also reached the semi-finals and they have done so in style – the goal Boulogne scored was the first conceded by the amateurs in nine cup ties.

Player: Romelu Lukaku (RSC Anderlecht)
Records keep tumbling in the wake of RCD Anderlecht teenager Lukaku. The youngest player in Anderlecht's history when he made his debut just 11 days after his 16th birthday last May, he has just broken a Belgian record by becoming the most youthful player to finish the regular season as top scorer. Maurice Bunyan was 17 years and seven months when he headed the chart in 1911/12 but Lukaku bettered that when – aged 16 years, ten months and eight days – he secured his place at the summit on the final weekend before the play-offs with his 15th goal of the campaign against KSC Lokeren OV.

Goal: Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München)
"Super-solo, magical goal, Robben the hero again." Newspaper Bild did not scrimp on superlatives after Robben's German Cup semi-final winner against FC Schalke 04. The Dutch international lit up a hitherto cagey affair when, with eight minutes of extra time left, he collected a throw from goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt inside his own half and set off upfield. Racing down the right touchline he beat three Schalke players then cut into the box, leaving another defender in his wake, before shooting left-footed into the far corner. "Even when I was a kid I played like this," said Robben. "I wanted to get the ball and beat the others. Back then, it was easier to beat four or five players." That it looked like child's play on Wednesday was credit to Robben mastery.

Quote: Enrique Cerezo (Club Atlético de Madrid)
"We'll be giving details later of the deal we're calling the 'three for one' where Madrid give us Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaká and [Gonzalo] Higuaín plus some cash."
Tired of questions about Sergio Agüero's future, Atlético's president laughs off the prospect of his Argentina forward joining neighbours Real Madrid CF.

Number: 5 (Hertha BSC Berlin)
The Bundesliga's basement club gave themselves a glimmer of hope of escaping the drop with a stunning 5-1 triumph at champions VfL Wolfsburg in which Greek striker Fanis Gekas hit a hat-trick. They still remained five points adrift at the bottom, though, with seven games to play.

Mascot: FC Dacia Chişinău
From Wolfsburg to a real wolf. Moldova's FC Dacia Chişinău have begun taking their lupine emblem rather literally by bringing a she-wolf to their stadium for home matches. Club officials arranged the visits with a local zoo but the animal has yet to improve the team's fortunes. Her debut coincided with a 3-1 defeat by FC Iskra-Stali on 17 March followed by a goalless draw with FC Dinamo Bender. "We are very ambitious and the idea with the wolf is to help the players relax a bit and to show their best performance," said club owner Adlan Shishkanov. If that is his idea of relaxing them, it will be interesting to hear how he plans to fire them up.

Goalkeepers are crazy: Antonio Chimenti (Juventus)
After first-choice custodians Gianluigi Buffon and his deputy Alex Manninger succumbed to injuries, Juventus lost their third goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti on Sunday after he broke his right hand when striking a table following the disappointing 1-0 loss at UC Sampdoria. "After the game I was really emotional. I was the first back in the dressing room and I foolishly gave vent to my anger by punching a table," said the 39-year-old.

Goalkeepers are crazy II: İsmail Uzunoğlu (Tavas Birlikspor)
There was a happier outcome for another club with goalkeeper problems, namely Tavas Birlikspor from Turkey's amateur second division who were forced to bring 35-year-old club president İsmail Uzunoğlu out of retirement after their two registered keepers were sidelined by injury and suspension. Uzunoğlu showed no obvious ring-rust, recording a shut-out in a 5-0 win against Karahisar Belediyespor. "I am pleased to keep a clean sheet," said Uzunoğlu. "I only wish my body was fit enough to allow me to keep goal like in my younger days."

As good as their word: Cagliari Calcio
After three defeats in four, Cagliari Calcio promised that in the event of another loss, against S.S. Lazio, all supporters attending the game would get their money back. "The fans will not have to ask for a refund because they will be satisfied with the team," vowed coach Massimiliano Allegri but that proved wishful thinking. After the 2-0 defeat by Lazio, the Sardinian club were instead forced to issue supporters with instructions for how to reclaim the cost of their tickets. "We keep our word," read their statement.

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