As we draw ever closer to the conclusion of the group stages of the Champions League, all eyes were on this week's fixtures to see who could secure their place in the second round.
A huge total of 53 goals have gone in around Europe over the past two evenings, many of which proved significant for teams who still had everything to play for on matchday five.
Below, Sports Mole takes a look at which players have made an impact over the past couple of evenings.
Despite being linked with a move away from Old Trafford during the summer, Wayne Rooney has arguably been the club's best player during this campaign, and he continued that on Wednesday evening against Bayer Leverkusen.
In Robin van Persie's absence, the striker led the line with plenty of class, and although he didn't add to his tally of eight goals for the season, he played his part in four of United's five in Germany.
After clipping the ball to the back post for Antonio Valencia to net, Rooney's free kick was turned into his own net by Emir Spahic.
The 28-year-old then provided the assist for two goals after the break as United cruised to a 5-0 success, which ensured that they secured their place in the knockout stages.
However, the 21-year-old took less than a minute to improve on that record as he set the ball rolling for Arsenal to earn a 2-0 victory over their French opponents.
The midfielder advanced down the right before cutting inside the defender and curling a superb effort into the top corner of the net.
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil helped create a second for Wilshere midway through the second half as the Gunners moved to the brink of qualification from Group F.
The former Tottenham Hotspur winger wasted a glorious chance early on in Spain, and his side's task was made harder after the dismissal of defender Sergio Ramos.
However, the red card resulted in Bale taking centre stage, and a swerving 35-yard free kick put his side on the road to three points.
Galatasaray quickly equalised, but the Wales international was a constant threat as a lone striker in the second half, and he provided a frequent outlet for Real Madrid as they eased to a 4-1 win.
Juventus went into their match with Copenhagen sitting at the bottom of Group B, and without a win in four European fixtures.
However, the Serie A outfit were just a point off second place, and victory in Turin would see them overtake both their Danish opponents and Galatasaray.
The Chile international netted twice from the penalty spot, before heading home his third midway through the second half, leaving Juventus requiring just a point to progress.
City had eased past the Czech Republic side at the start of the campaign, and they were expected to make easy work of the minnows again in front of their home supporters.
However, Plzen twice equalised as they threatened to cause a major surprise at the Etihad Stadium, forcing Pellegrini to introduce the Spanish forward.
It took Negredo just three minutes to make an impact, netting from three yards to regain the advantage for his side, with City eventually sealing a 4-2 success.