With the group stage of the competition approaching the halfway point, all eyes were on this week's Champions League fixtures to see who could gain an advantage ahead of their final three fixtures.
As expected, many of the 16 results this week have changed the shape of their respective groups, with plenty of eye-catching goals and performances featuring around Europe.
Below, Sports Mole takes a look at which players have made an impact over the past couple of evenings.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is widely known for his ability to produce the unexpected, and he created the headlines once again with a four-goal salvo against Anderlecht in Belgium.
His opening two goals were close-range efforts, but the second involved a flick into the bottom corner with his back towards goal that deceived the goalkeeper at his near post.
However, it was the reaction to his third strike that hit the back pages, with the Swede driving a thunderous shot into the top corner from 30 yards, with the speed of the attempt being registered at 72.6mph.
After a mixed second campaign at the Etihad Stadium, Sergio Aguero has begun this season with a new lease of life under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Argentine had netted seven goals in nine appearances before his side's match with CSKA Moscow, and a first-half double saw him take his tally to nine strikes in 10.
City fell behind in Moscow, but despite previously missing a couple of close-range chances, Aguero redeemed himself with two quickfire goals to hand his team the momentum.
He failed to complete his hat-trick after the break, but the 25-year-old had done enough to put City in pole position to finish in second position in their group.
Fernando Torres had already shown signs this season that he was beginning to rediscover some form, but he soon suffered a knee injury against Steaua Bucuresti.
However, on his first start after his recovery, the Spanish frontman netted twice and put on a display that had the Chelsea supporters full of optimism that their ¬£50m striker was ready to justify his price tag.
A fifth-minute header from the former Liverpool man put the Blues ahead against Schalke 04, before he was on hand to complete a superb counter-attack midway through the second half.
Despite the match being over, the work-rate of Torres continued to impress, and he has surely earned himself a starting place for the match with Manchester City at the weekend.
Since the departure of Radamel Falcao in the summer, the 25-year-old has been a revelation in Spain, netting 10 goals in nine games in La Liga.
The Brazilian-born frontman has now taken that form into Europe, with his first effort coming after a fine individual run into the penalty area.
The second came at the end of a move he started, with the finish coming from six yards, and he looks as though he will be Atletico's key man in the competition.
After the arrival of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared motivated to prove that he deserves to remain as the star name at the Bernabeu.
The Portuguese attacker had already netted five times in Real Madrid's first two matches, and he added a couple more against Juventus on Wednesday evening.
The first came from close range after some good approach play from Angel di Maria, and Ronaldo had to wait just 24 minutes to score his second from the penalty spot.
He was unable to score a third after half time, but his performance against the Serie A outfit has left Real Madrid needing just one more victory to secure a place in the last 16.