Best of CL
Skysports.com look at the best and worst moments from the latest Champions League action.
Last Updated: 08/12/11 3:06pm
Team of the week
Player of the week - Bafetimbi Gomis
The Lyon striker became the seventh player in Champions League history to score four goals in a game in Wednesday's 7-1 rout of 10-man Dinamo Kiev. Gomis is now in esteemed company in joining Lionel Messi, Marco van Basten, Simone Inzaghi, Dado Prso, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andriy Shevchenko as the only men to achieve the feat. The 26-year-old scored his first before half-time when he converted Ally Sissokho's cross from close range. His second was a clinical side-footed effort and he wrapped up his hat-trick with a tap-in. Gomis added his fourth and Lyon's sixth in the 70th minute.
Performance of the week - Basel
It was the proverbial David versus Goliath match-up as Basel attempted to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League against Manchester United. The Red Devils have been crowned European champions on three occasions and only needed a point in Switzerland to clinch second spot in Group C. Basel do not even have a permanent manager as Heiko Vogel is their caretaker following Thorsten Fink's exit to Hamburg. Vogel will have done his chances of landing the job on a full-time basis no harm after the Swiss outfit claimed a remarkable 2-1 success. Marco Streller opened the scoring early on and despite sitting back a little more than they would have liked, Basel rode their luck. They doubled their advantage late on with the impressive Alexander Frei scoring a back-post header. Although Phil Jones set up a tense finish United were unable to claim a leveller, leaving them contemplating the prospect of Europa League football.
Miss of the week - Wayne Rooney and Federico Macheda
Sir Alex Ferguson blamed United's poor finishing as one reason behind their shock Champions League exit. Only Wayne Rooney will know how he failed to connect properly with Nani's cross from close range following Streller's opener. Clean contact from the England international would have seen the Red Devils equalise in Switzerland, but they were left wondering what might have been. Italian substitute Macheda also found himself scratching his head after his effort inside the six-yard boss only found the underside of the crossbar, although this time Jones was able to convert the rebound, but it was not enough to secure the precious point they required.
Gaffe of the week - Vito Mannone
The Italian youngster was given a chance in the limelight in Arsenal's group clash against Olympiakos, but he failed grasp his opportunity with both hands. The 23-year-old stepped off the bench after Lukas Fabianski's injury but had a game to forget as the Gunners' much-changed line-up suffered a 3-1 defeat in Greece. His horror moment came in the 36th minute when Mannone opted against trying to catch David Fuster's floated shot with his hands, instead trying to hoof the ball to safety - a task he failed miserably in, as he completely missed the ball. Thereafter, Mannone could not find a hole enough big enough to jump into. First-choice Wojciech Szczesny can sleep well knowing his first-team place is not under immediate threat.
Controversy of the week - Ajax
Ajax may have suffered a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday but the scoreline does not tell the story of the game. Twice the Eredivisie side had the ball in the back of the net, but they were continually denied by the officials. The drama unfolded after Jose Maria Callejon fired the visitors in front. Assistant Joao Santos chalked off Nicolas Lodeiro's header after Adan had parried Gregory van der Wiel's shot and Ajax had another seemingly legitimate goal ruled out when Miralem Sulejmani deflected home Vurnon Anita's long-range effort when, again, no-one appeared to be in an offside position.
Goal of the week - Mathieu Valbuena
Marseille were minutes from exiting the Champions League prior to Valbuena's special goal away to Borussia Dortmund. L'OM were up against it after falling 2-0 down in the game, but Didier Deschamps' side never threw in the towel. Loic Remy and Andre Ayew brought Marseille back on level terms, however, the French side still needed to win in order to progress from Group F. With three minutes remaining of normal time Valbuena stepped up to the plate and clinched the win. Valbuena cut in from the left flank, skipped past one would-be tackler before unleashing a curling shot beyond the reach of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. David Silva also scored a cracker in Man City's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, while Yaya Toure finished off a sweeping team move for their second at the Etihad Stadium.
Comeback of the week - Lyon
Lyon had it all to do ahead of the final Group D match against Dinamo Zagreb knowing they needed to win in Croatia, Ajax to lose to Real and somehow produce a seven-goal swing in the process. That task seemed even more improbable when Mateo Kovacic slotted the home side in front on 41 minutes after Jerko Leko had picked up a second yellow card. Gomis pulled one back before the interval but few could have predicted how the second half would unfold. Maxime Gonalons and Jimmy Briand found the back of the net coupled with a second-half hat-trick from the unstoppable Gomis to secure a remarkable 7-1 win, a result that saw Dinamo sack their coach Krunoslav Jurcic.