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Champions League Awards: Onana saves Man Utd, Jesus joy, and Simeone’s snub

Following another entertaining midweek of Champions League action, it’s time to hand out some awards for matchday three. 

Moment of the Week

There were moments of magic, stunning goals and thrilling climaxes across the Champions League this week, but our favourite moment has to be Diego Simeone not giving two fiddlers about the post-match handshake tradition when Brendan Rodgers came up to him at full time on Wednesday.

The Atletico Madrid manager could be accused of saltiness after his side drew 2-2 at Celtic Park, but he’s never been a fan of the custom, so don’t feel too put out, Brendan.

Player of the Week

Sérgio Conceição will have given himself a big pat on the back after making the most effective substitution of his managerial career on Wednesday night. The Porto boss sent on Evanilson just before halftime against Royal Antwerp, and the Brazilian went on to score not once, not twice, but three times after the interval. Talk about making an impact!

Champions League team of the week from matchday three

Goal of the Week

Xavi Simons scored an absolute rocket of a goal for RB Leipzig on Wednesday as the German side beat Crvena Zvezda 3-1 at home. There will be few better goals scored in the Champions League this season.

The best overhead kicks in Champions League history

Pass of the Week

Gabriel Jesus’ ability to drop into pockets of space and link play is well known at this stage, but he has never looked more impressive doing it than he did on Tuesday when he sent two Sevilla defenders for a hot dog for setting up Gabriel Martinelli for Arsenal’s opener.

The turn was magnificent, the pass sublime, the run perfectly time and the finish was as cool as you like.

Arteta hails Jesus ‘magic moments’ as Arsenal beat Sevilla

Save of the Week

After a tough first few months at Manchester United, Andre Onana went some way towards winning over the supporters with a superb last-second penalty save against Copenhagen, ensuring they won the tie by the narrowest of margins.

It was the final action of a pretty turgid performance from United, but the three points were absolutely vital, no matter how they secured them.

Read – Ten Hag admits Man Utd had ‘narrow escape’ vs Copenhagen

Read Also – Man Utd survive scare to beat Copenhagen at Old Trafford

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