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Neymar, Messi, Dybala & the Champions League team of the round

00:39 GMT+3 04/10/2018
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Neymar and Dybala lead our Champions League Team of the Round for matchday two after scoring hat-tricks for Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus

  • Roman Burki

    Roman Burki | GK | Borussia Dortmund

    Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund carried their domestic form into Europe on Wednesday, crushing Ligue 1 outfit Monaco 3-0 at Westfalenstadion.

    Burki made five saves during the tie, including a remarkable stop from a long-range Youri Tielemans strike, and was crucial to his side's shut-out.

  • Joe Gomez Liverpool 2018-19

    Joe Gomez | CB | Liverpool

    Virgil van Dijk was singled out as the man to transform Liverpool's defensive problems and Anfield chiefs were forced to fork out £75 million at the start of the year. Over the last handful of fixtures, however, Joe Gomez has been the standout centre-back in Jurgen Klopp's backline.

    The 21-year-old put in another impressive performance away at Napoli in a particularly spiky atmosphere, dampened slightly only by a 90th-minute winner from Lorenzo Insigne.

  • Dybala Bonucci  Juventus Young Boys Champions League

    Leonardo Bonucci | CB | Juventus

    Since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, Juventus have kept 23 clean sheets in the Champions League – only Atletico Madrid have kept more in the competition during this period (24).

    A major part of their success at the back on Tuesday during their 3-0 victory over Young Boys was the performance of Leonardo Bonucci. 

    The Italian had 97 touches of the ball during the game and completed more passes than any other player on the pitch (83), while claiming the assist for Paulo Dybala's early strike.

  • Mats Hummels, Bayern Munich

    Mats Hummels | CB | Bayern Munich

    Mats Hummels scored his second Champions League goal for Bayern Munich on Tuesday, another header from an Arjen Robben cross, as the Bundesliga title holders were held by Ajax.

    The Germany international was the standout figure in the Bayern backline, completing 92 per cent of his passes - the most of any outfield player to play more than 45 minutes of the game.

  • Lionel Messi Barcelona

    Lionel Messi | RM | Barcelona

    Finding a place to squeeze Messi into a team shouldn't be an issue, but given the hat-trick exploits of others this week, the Barcelona captain is given a berth on the right-hand side.

    Messi was at his irrepressible best at Wembley as he scored twice in the second half to secure Barcelona's 4-2 victory over Tottenham, but his contribution was substantially more than that as he reminded everyone that he is the Champions League's best player.

  • Ivan Rakitic Philippe Coutinho Barcelona

    Ivan Rakitic | CM | Barcelona

    Ivan Rakitic may have scored the goal of the 2018-19 Champions League campaign already, and we're only in Matchday Two.

    The Barcelona midfielder unleashed an extraordinary volley in the first half against Tottenham on Wednesday during his side's 4-2 victory at Wembley, a strike which saw him applauded by sections of the home support.

  • David Silva, Man City

    David Silva | CM | Manchester City

    Heading into the final minutes of the game between Hoffenheim and Manchester City, it looked as though the points would be shared. Ishak Belfodil's early opener was levelled by a Sergio Aguero strike in the eighth minute, with the game remaining level until the 87th.

    City upped the pressure considerably in the final 10 minutes of the tie and it was David Silva who provided the goal to clinch the victory - the fifth of Silva's six Champions League goals for City to have come against German opposition.

  • Nikola Vlasic

    Nikola Vlasic | LM | CSKA Moscow

    Nikola Vlasic became only the second player to score in his first two Champions League appearances for CSKA Moscow, after Alan Dzagoev in September 2009, as his first-half strike sunk Real Madrid.

    The Spanish giants came into the competition as heavy favourites to once again defend their trophy but are now behind the Russian club in the Group G rankings, and level with Roma in third.

  • Dybala Juventus Young Boys Champions League

    Paulo Dybala | FW | Juventus

    Without Cristiano Ronaldo following his sending off in Juventus' opening Champions League tie against Valencia, the Italian champions needed a new hero against Young Boys on Tuesday.

    Paulo Dybala became just that with a hat-trick against the Swiss club, becoming only the fourth player to score a treble for Juventus in the competition.

  • Dzeko Viktoria Plzen Champions League

    Edin Dzeko | FW | Roma

    Edin Dzeko became the first player to score a hat-trick for Roma in the Champions League during the club's emphatic 5-0 hammering of Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.

    The forward has now scored eight goals in his five appearances against Plzen in European competition, with six of those coming for Roma.

  • Neymar PSG Red Star Belgrad UEFA Champions League 03102018

    Neymar | FW | PSG

    Neymar's brilliance was on show in the French capital as Paris Saint-Germain thumped Red Star 6-1, with the forward becoming the joint-highest scoring Brazilian in Champions League history.

    He also became the first player to score two direct free-kicks in a Champions League game since Cristiano Ronaldo vs Zurich in September 2009.