Stunning strikes, impressive runs or just plain saving their team. Take a look at some of the players who put on impressive performances on the first Matchday of the Champions League group stage.
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Carlos Tevez, Juventus
The Argentine forward showed off his robot dance moves twice in Juventus' 2-0 victory over Malmo. The dance needs some work but at least Tevez ended his 14-game Champions League goal drought with an impressive strike, before doubling the tally with a free-kick in the 89th minute.
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Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Balotelli might have struck first but it was the captain who became the real hero in Liverpool's win over Ludogorets. Gerrard made no mistake from the spot in injury time to give the Reds a narrow 2-1 victory over their cinderalla-story rivals.
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Yacine Brahimi, Porto
Porto's Yacine Brahimi had a heck of a game, scoring two goals in the first half, then sealing his hat trick in the second. The Algerian became the 68th different player to score a Champions League hatter in Porto's 6-0 thrashing of BATE.
Gervinho, AS Roma
Gervinho was unstoppable in Roma's 5-1 rout of CSKA Moscow. He scored two goals and an assist in only 71 minutes of action and had a 95.7% pass accuracy. You can't ask for much more than that.
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Mario Balotelli, Liverpool
Liverpool wasn't exactly at the top of their game but Mario Balotelli finally got them on the score sheet against massive underdogs Ludogorets. It was Balotelli's first goal since signing with the Reds.
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Kostas Mitroglou, Olympiakos
Kostas Mitroglou, who made a multi-million dollar move to Fulham last season and has now returned on loan, showed his skills. Mitroglou scored one of the goals to help the Greek side to a suprise 3-2 victory over last year's finalists Atletico Madrid.
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Joao Moutinho, Monaco
The Portugal midfielder is one of the few remaining big names at the Stade Louis II, and he delivered, knocking home the only goal in Monaco's hard-fought win over Leverkusen. The victory marked Monaco's first match in the Champions League in a decade.
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Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray
Galatasaray's target man salvaged a well-deserved point for his team with a stoppage-time goal. Without it, the Turks would have lost to underdog Anderlecht at home.
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Hulk, Zenit St Petersburg
Hulk helped Zenit cruise to a 2-0 victory against Benfica, earning Man of the Match honors and scoring the first goal of the group stage after only five minutes.
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Gareth Bale, Real Madrid
Real trounced Basel to kick off their Champions League title defense and last year's final hero was on point again. Bale scored one and assisted another in Real's 5-1 victory.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund
The speedy Frenchman scored one of Dortmund's two goals in the Germans' win over Arsenal, beating both Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny and defender Laurent Koscielny to the ball before hammering home.
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Kevin Grosskreutz, Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund's swiss army knife was the force behind their strong showing against Arsenal. The 26-year-old set up both goals in the 2-0 victory.
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Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich
The former Man City man haunted his former club by breaking the deadlock with his late goal. His strike did slightly deflect off teammate Mario Goetze's back, but Boateng was impressive all night long in Bayern's 1-0 victory.
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Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Messi may not have scored in Barca's grinding 1-0 win over Cypriot minnows APOEL, but the Argentine was firing away at the net all game. He demanded some big saves from APOEL's keeper and provided the curling free-kick for Gerard Pique's game winning header.
Gorka Iraizoz, Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao had their goalkeeper to thank for the point in their Champions League opener against Shakhtar Donetsk, securing the clean sheet just like his opposite number, Andriy Pyatov.
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Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Hazard didn't get on the scoresheet but had a lovely assist on Cesc Fabregas' controversial goal. The Belgian also had much of the run of play in the first half against Schalke, though Chelsea ultimately had to settle for a 1-1 draw.