ACF Fiorentina's two-goal hero Adrian Mutu and the FC Rubin Kazan marksmen Gökdeniz Karadeniz and Aleksandr Ryazantsev were voted into the Player Rater Team of the Week for Matchday 3.
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FC Rubin Kazan goalscorers Gökdeniz Karadeniz and Aleksandr Ryazantsev are among a posse of players from eastern European sides to win your vote in the Player Rater Team of the Week for Matchday 3. Who impressed you most? Have your say below.
Matchday 3 Team of the Week
Player Rater, as presented by Heineken, gives uefa.com users the chance to vote on the best players in each UEFA Champions League match this season. Here is your selection for Matchday 3:
Daniel Tudor (FC Unirea Urziceni)
Breached by an early goal but otherwise faultless in a 4-1 win at Ibrox, keeping Rangers out thereafter thanks to a sprawling stop to deny Steven Davis from the penalty spot. With the scores locked at 1-1 at the time, Tudor's saved provided the platform for Unirea to claim their maiden UEFA Champions League victory.
George Galamaz (FC Unirea Urziceni)
After conceding the opening goal inside two minutes, Unirea needed all Galamaz's experience to shore up a three-man defence which might otherwise have crumbled. Dan Petrescu's shrewd 19th-minute tactical switch – Marius Onofraş for Epaminonda Nicu – allowed Galamaz to bring his defence up to the halfway line and it was little surprise to see a move that started at the back lead to Unirea's equaliser.
Sébastien Squillaci (Sevilla FC)
Sevilla continue to raise eyebrows both domestically and in Europe with an impressive brand of football, but showed on Tuesday there is more than one way to skin a cat. Squillaci twice went forward from defence to head home from a set-piece to help his side to a 3-1 win against VfB Stuttgart.
Yevgen Khacheridi (FC Dynamo Kyiv)
The tall central defender burst into the Dynamo first team this summer and showed why he is so highly rated with an outstanding performance against FC Internazionale Milano. Khacheridi, 22, neutralised the threat from Samuel Eto'o and made some crucial interceptions and tackles to help Dynamo earn a 2-2 draw at San Siro.
Gabriel Heinze (Olympique de Marseille)
Marseille went into Matchday 3 without a point and in the knowledge that anything less than a win would leave them facing an uphill struggle. Zürich were subdued by Heinze and his fellow defenders, but it was the Argentine's composed volleyed finish 21 minutes from time that proved most decisive.
Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC)
As if his abundance of craft was not enough, Fàbregas looks to have added a knack of scoring to his repertoire this season. The Spanish maestro's seventh of the campaign for club and country arrived in typically delightful fashion on Tuesday and looked to have secured all three points for Arsenal before David Mendes da Silva equalised for AZ Alkmaar in added time.
Aleksandr Ryazantsev (FC Rubin Kazan)
'Goalscorer at Camp Nou' is sure to take pride of place on Ryazantsev's CV after his second-minute strike put Rubin on the way to a famous 2-1 win against the reigning champions. The midfielder was fastest out of the blocks when the ball fell loose and unleashed a blistering shot beyond the reach of Víctor Valdés.
Gökdeniz Karadeniz (FC Rubin Kazan)
Rubin looked to have squandered their chance when Zlatan Ibrahimović cancelled out Ryazantsev's opener but Karadeniz, profiting from Alejandro Domínguez's perfect pass, had other ideas and showed all the composure of those who regularly grace Camp Nou to rifle home a remarkable winner with 17 minutes remaining.
Gérson Magrão (FC Dynamo Kyiv)
The 22-year-old Brazilian was an attacking threat down the left in the 2-2 draw against Inter, his running duel with Maicon one of the key battlegrounds in the match. Also took Dynamo's corners prior to being substituted on 70 minutes.
Marius Ioan Bilasco (FC Unirea Urziceni)
Rangers struggled to cope with Bilasco's direct running and strength throughout and could not prevent the Romanian striker from getting into the perfect position to convert Pablo Brandán's centre to put the visitors level with his first UEFA Champions League goal.
Adrian Mutu (ACF Fiorentina)
The 2-0 triumph over Liverpool FC on Matchday 2 had raised expectations in Florence to such an extent that victory against Debreceni VSC was all but taken for granted. Any complacency was wiped out by Debrecen's second-minute opener and the job subsequently completed thanks in part to Mutu's two clinical strikes in the opening 20 minutes.
Who impressed you most? Have your say below.