Tottenham Hotspur wrote the headlines with a stunning dismissal of defending champions Real Madrid in a triumphant 3-1 victory on Matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund failed to make up ground following Real Madrid’s slip-up by drawing with APOEL at home, while Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich continued their strong run of recent form with a 2-1 win over Celtic.
Premier League outfits Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool all recorded important victories, though domestic champions Chelsea were a shambles in their 3-0 loss to Serie A side Roma.
Barcelona and Juventus were surprisingly held to draws by brave efforts from Olympiakos and Sporting Clube de Portugal, respectively, though both sides will still fancy their chances of qualification in Group D.
Continue reading for our UEFA Champions League Team of the Week for Matchday 4.
UEFA Champions League Team of the Week
The veteran goalkeeper stood defiantly against the powerhouse of Barcelona, making six saves to help the Greek Superleague side keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 stalemate.
One of the many brave defenders in Qarabag’s credible 1-1 draw away to Atletico Madrid, winning four tackles, three interceptions and seven clearances.
Made decisive contributions at both ends of the pitch in APOEL’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund; dealt with his defensive responsibilities astutely, winning three tackles, blocking two shots and making five clearances, and got an assist for Mickael Pote’s equalising strike.
A hattrick from a full-back? There’s not too much to complain about regarding the Frenchman’s inclusion after he became the first defensive player to score three goals in a UEFA Champions League match.
Read the game well with four interceptions and took no risks against a dangerous Real Madrid attack with five clearances, and set up Dele Alli’s first goal with a pinpoint cross.
An all-round display from the Portuguese international in FC Porto’s 3-1 win over RB Leipzig, winning three tackles and four interceptions as well as providing an assist and heading home from Alex Telles’ in-swinging free-kick.
The Brazil-born Ukraine international scored a classy brace against Dutch champions Feyenoord. The first was punishment for a wayward clearance by curling a shot from outside the box, while the second was a display of ice-cool composure and exquisite finishing.
Dele Alli continues his prolific run with Tottenham by netting an important double against back-to-back European champions Real Madrid, and put a shift in by laying on four tackles en route to a 3-1 win at Wembley.
Opened the scoring against the champions of England in emphatic fashion when his outside-of-the-boot volley rocketed past a despairing Thibaut Courtois, and was alert to pick up the scraps from a Chelsea miscommunication at the back to double his tally and drive Roma to three points.
There was once a time when the England international was criticised for his finishing, but Raheem Sterling has got off to a flyer this campaign with 10 goals in 11 appearances. He added another against Napoli when his low-driven shot beat Pepe Reina to seal a lively performance and guarantee qualification to the knockout stages for the Sky Blues.
Simply unplayable against an Anderlecht side that never had a hope against the French giants. The Brazilian finished the game with four key passes, eight dribbles, three tackles and put the icing on the cake with a sensational curling effort from outside the area.