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Goal.com runs through the best in show from the first set of group fixtures...

Best formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Igor Akinfeev - CSKA Moscow

Although the Russian club won by a comfortable margin, Akinfeev had to be on his toes to make a couple of big stops to keep a clean sheet. His kick save on Rodrigo Tosi just before half-time and his  denial of the Brazilian again in the dying moments of the match were the pick of the bunch.

Defenders

Ronaldo Guiaro - Aris Thessaloniki

He stood strong as Simao and Diego Forlan pulled him into wide positions, but they were not able to break down the Brazilian defender, who gave a staunch defensive performance to help his club defeat the current holders.

Daniele Gastaldello - Sampdoria

Brilliant at the back, gave everything for the cause and dealt with the attacking threat from PSV admirably. The centre-back has put in a couple of sterling performances for the Blucerchiati so far this term and will hope to catch the eye of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli with these type of confident displays.

Giorgio Chiellini - Juventus

Normally a defender whose side conceded three times to a heavy underdog would have no place in the squad however Chiellini is included for two major reasons. First he scored two goals to help Juve kickstart their comeback and secondly he was paired with Nicola Legrottaglie. The hard-nosed centre-back resuscitated the Old Lady after the side looked on the verge of collapse. His two goals either side of half-time helped Juve draw level with the Polish minnows and eventually earn a draw when it could have been worse.

Zoumana Camara - Paris Saint-Germain


The French defender used his pace at the back to great effect to neutralise Sevilla's speedy attackers and almost grabbed a goal himself before Nene scored the winner. A big reason why PSG left Spain with three points in the bag.

Midfielders


Mario Goetze - Borussia Dortmund

The prodigious talent was in scintillating form this evening as his brace powered the Germans past Karpaty Lviv in what was an enthralling affair. The Bundesliga outfit scored two goals in the dying moments of the game with the youngster netting the winner in injury time to secure a memorable win. One to watch in the future.


David Silva - Manchester City


Finally a goal from the £24 million Spaniard and a glimpse as to why Roberto Mancini shelled out so much for the former Valencia man. He probably should have had a second as well. More of the same please.

Jorge Sammir - Dinamo Zagreb

The attacking midfielder was the architect of Dinamo's upset victory over Villarreal as he set up the first goal with a defence splitting through ball and then put the match to bed with a goal ten minutes from time.

Attackers

Patrick Helmes - Bayer Leverkusen

The first of three hat-trick heroes up front, the 26-year-old scored early and often for Bayer in his first start since returning from a thigh injury. With competition for places in Jupp Heynckes' starting line-up fierce, Helmes has made a convincing argument to feature from the get-go against Nuernburg on Sunday.


Artjoms Rudnevs - Lech Poznan

Rudnevs made a name for himself on the continent with a dazzling three goal performance in Turin. Granted the Juve back line isn't what it used to be but that fails to take the gloss of what was probably the performance of his life as the Polish minnows picked up a credible draw against the Bianconeri.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov - Zenit St Petersburg


His three goal explosion in the first half was more than enough to guide Zenit past Anderlect. If there was any question as to whether the Russians were going to take the competition seriously after failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages it was answered in resounding fashion on Thursday evening.

Akinfeev

Guiaro   Gastaldello   Chiellini   Camara

Silva  Sammir   Goetze

Helmes    Rudnevs   Kerzhakov  

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