Some blockbuster clashes took place on Matchday Two of the UEFA Champions League, with defending champions Real Madrid finally securing a victory at Signal Iduna Park in a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Paris Saint-Germain fired warning signals to the rest of Europe with a resounding 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich, while Manchester United continued their red-hot start to the campaign with a 4-1 triumph of CSKA Moscow in Russia.
FC Basel provided the biggest margin of victory on Matchday 2, hammering an out-of-sorts Benfica 5-0 at St. Jakob Park, while Premier League holders Chelsea recorded a late victory over Atletico Madrid.
Who were the players who made a difference? Find out in our UEFA Champions League Team of the Week.
Would not be denied a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich; the Frenchman made six saves, including a full-extension stop from Javi Martinez’s half-volley from outside the area and another leaping effort to deny Robert Lewandowski from a free-kick.
Paris Saint-Germain’s commanding performance over Bayern Munich continues to show on our UEFA Champions League Team of the Week with Dani Alves’ inclusion at right-back. The Brazilian scored the opener and played key passes in the build-up to the second and third goal, and contributed defensively with four tackles.
Veteran defender Thiago Silva provided an example for any up-and-coming defender on how to marshal your defence. Silva was alert to any danger Bayern Munich posed, making 14 clearances, one of which was on the goal-line to prevent Javi Martinez from giving the visitors a route back into the match.
The Brazilian was a rock in the air (other than a missed interception which nearly resulted in a shot on goal) with five headers, mopping up anything that came his way with two interceptions and 10 clearances as Porto bounced back from an opening day disappointment to record a huge win away at Monaco.
Versatile Spanish defender Nacho enjoyed a lively performance in Real Madrid’s 3-1 triumph at Signal Iduna Park. He was efficient with his ball use, finishing with a 91.1% passing accuracy ratio, won six tackles and made five clearances to help Real Madrid to their second straight win of the group stage.
Swiss winger Renato Steffen produced an all-action display in FC Basel’s 5-0 humiliation of Benfica. Steffen made three key passes, one of which came from his penetrating run into space and through ball for Dimitri Oberlin to make it 2-0, and made a difference at the other end as well, laying on two tackles and making an interception.
Kevin De Bruyne continues to show why he’s one of the most admired midfielders in the world with a classy outing against Shakhtar Donetsk. He did it all; going forward, he netted a picture-perfect curler into the top corner from range and laid on three key passes, while he helped out his defence with two tackles and four interceptions.
Chelsea’s Belgian playmaker was sublime in the late victory at Atletico Madrid; full of craft, creativity, and guile, he laid on seven key passes, completed six dribbles and played in a delightful cross for Alvaro Morata to get an assist.
Don’t allow the strength of Tottenham’s opposition on Matchday Two of the UEFA Champions League to detract from what was a perfect hattrick from the England international. Harry Kane was merciless against APOEL, netting with his left foot, right foot and head – illustrating the depth of finishing tools in his locker to fire Tottenham to two wins in the Group Stage (which is the same number of wins they managed in the entire 2016/17 UEFA Champions League campaign).
A vintage outing for the UEFA Champions League all-time top-scorer, netting a clinical brace to put Borussia Dortmund to the sword in a 3-1 win at Signal Iduna Park. His off the ball movement and understanding of his teammates allowed him to begin his run for the first goal before the Dortmund defence knew there was a problem, while his second goal was a perfect example of his ruthlessness in one-on-one situations.
Was a close call between Neymar and Anthony Martial for the final spot in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Week, but the latter gets the nod for the sheer chaos he caused CSKA Moscow. The Frenchman ran amok in Manchester United’s 4-1 thrashing of CSKA Moscow, laying on five key passes (two of which were assists), completing six dribbles and coolly slotting away his penalty.