Player: Eliseu (Málaga CF)
The Spanish side's UEFA Champions League debut could scarcely have gone better with a 3-0 dismantling of FC Zenit St Petersburg two weeks ago, but as RSC Anderlecht discovered to their cost, that was no fluke. Isco had been Málaga's match winner in their first game; this time it was fellow winger Eliseu who took the limelight, his sublime double helping secure a second successive 3-0 win in Group C. The thunderous 20-metre strike that broke the deadlock showed his power; a perfectly executed chip for his second, and Málaga's third, displayed his finesse.
"I just hit the ball as hard as I could and tried to keep it on target – and it went in," was the 29-year-old's succinct description of his first effort. "For the second goal, I noticed that the goalkeeper was quite a long way from his line and I tried to place it in the corner. It turned out perfectly."
Team: FC BATE Borisov
The Belarusian team have been learning their trade in the UEFA Champions League and claimed their first group stage win at the 13th attempt away to LOSC Lille on matchday one. But would their second opponents FC Bayern München prove a step too far? Not at all. Last term's runners-up were swept aside in style in Minsk, with Aleksandr Pavlov and Vitali Rodionov putting the hosts in command. Although Franck Ribéry pulled a goal back, Renan Bressan wrapped up a famous 3-1 victory in the final seconds to take Viktor Goncharenko's men three points clear in Group F and leave the coach celebrating a "simply fantastic" evening.
Goal: Martin Jiránek (FC Terek Grozny)
The Czech defender is not exactly a regular scorer; discounting his own goal against FC Amkar Perm in April, he had not found the target at the right end since July 2010, when he was at FC Spartak Moskva. The long wait proved worthwhile as the 33-year-old thumped a thunderous first-time shot into the top corner of the FC Kuban Krasnodar net from near the centre circle to bring Terek level at 1-1. However, his joy was short-lived as the erstwhile Russian Premier-Liga leaders slipped to a 2-1 away defeat to lose more ground at the top of the table.
"Yes, we watch Braveheart, and before every game we also put our kilts on and all dance together ..."
Celtic FC's Scott Brown ahead of the Glasgow club's long-awaited win at FC Spartak Moskva after being asked by a Russian journalist if the Hoops' pre-game rituals include the tartan-friendly Mel Gibson flick.
Last Sunday, Vassilis Daniil, who turned 74 on 3 August, was set to become the oldest person to take charge of a team in the Greek Super League having been appointed caretaker coach of Xanthi FC following Marinos Ouzounidis's resignation. However, the fates quickly turned against Daniil, the coach of Panathinaikos FC and Greece in the 1980s, who had not been at the helm of a professional side since February 1999. Xanthi midfielder Dani bumped into him in training last Thursday, knocking the veteran trainer to the ground and breaking his hip. While Daniil was in hospital having surgery, Xanthi announced Nikos Kostenoglou had taken over instead, removing any chance to set that record.
Debut: Jürgen Locadia (PSV Eindhoven)
Dries Mertens and Jürgen Locadia both scored hat-tricks in PSV's 6-0 away win against VVV-Venlo last Sunday, although it was the latter whose haul was worthy of particular note. The teenage substitute was making his Eredivisie debut and became the first player to mark his maiden top-flight appearance with three goals since Harald Berg's treble in ADO Den Haag's 4-1 thrashing of FC Twente on 10 August 1969. Locadia, at 18 years and 328 days old, is not the youngest player to register an Eredivisie hat-trick though; Collins John netted three times for Twente against FC Groningen in October 2003, two days after his 18th birthday.
There are always plenty of innovative goals in UEFA youth competitions, with recent examples including Ezequiel Calvente's penalty and Sergio Canales's free-kick, both for Spain in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Now Serbia's U17 side have assumed the mantle, with three successive dummies from a left-wing corner giving captain Andrija Živković the opportunity to score their second goal against Moldova in UEFA European U17 Championship qualifying round Group 1. The celebrations suggested much joy at a training-ground routine come good.
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