A pair of Victors stole the show for the continent in another tempestuous round of Uefa Champions League matches in midweek
As has been his wont in recent times, Victor Moses once again set out making headlines as Chelsea met Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
After a recent goal against Swansea, the young Nigerian’s latest impact may be his most important yet. With Chelsea labouring against a vibrant Shakhtar, Moses was introduced into the fray for Oscar, and had an instant influence on the Group E clash.
By the time that Moses was introduced on 80 minutes Chelsea should, in truth, have already been dead and buried – the scores only being kept level thanks to two catastrophic blunders by Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov.
However, the former Wigan man was in no mood to settle for the draw, and demonstrated a predator’s eye for the finish with a late, crucial winner. The goal gives Chelsea a great chance of progression from a tricky group.
For Africa’s headline act, however, it’s hard to look much beyond Celtic’s midfield dynamo Victor Wanyama. The Bhoys’ victory over Barcelona could arguably be considered the second greatest result in their history, and Wanyama was as central as anyone in overcoming the Catalan giants.
Not content with opening the scoring in the first half – a strong jump and a powerful header sending the ball past another Victor, Victor Valdes – Wanyama was influential throughout, hustling, tackling and passing confidently.
The standout result of this latest series of Champions League matches was in Germany, where last year’s defeated finalists Bayern Munich put six past Lille.
Whilst Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou managed to pull one back for Les Dogues, Cameroonian centre back Aurelien Chedjou gave a hapless first half performance as his side were incapable of coping with the German heavyweights.
The result leaves Lille without chance of progression from the Group, and even the compensation of the Europa League may be beyond them.