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Porto duo Hector Herrera, 'Tecatito' Corona shine for Mexico in Europe

Hector Herrera celebrates after scoring in Porto's Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Hector Herrera scored in Porto's Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.

With the return of the Champions League and Europa League, a number of Mexico's most prominent players have had the opportunity to gain highly valuable minutes during the midweek matches. In case you missed any of the games, here's a quick rundown of how each of them fared in the European competitions.

Hirving Lozano | PSV Eindhoven | Champions League

Against a Tottenham side that dominated possession, Lozano saw very little of the ball in the 2-1 loss. As PSV's highest-pressing player, the winger...

Champions League XI: Harry Kane and Juan Mata saviours as Red Star dominate

After Jose Mourinho's postgame antics, the FC panel question how much credit he really deserves for Man United's late win in Turin.

The Champions League saw plenty of upsets this week, but who were the stars? Here's the best XI from Matchday 4.

Goalkeeper -- Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade)

The Canada international was outstanding in Red Star Belgrade's shock win over Liverpool. He made a number of good second-half saves but most impressive of all was his confidence in catching, punching and deflecting everything that came his way -- on several occasions making his way to the edge of a crowded penalty area to claim one of the...

Is the Champions League window closing for Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus?

After Jose Mourinho's postgame antics, the FC panel question how much credit he really deserves for Man United's late win in Turin.

TURIN, Italy -- As time ebbed away, it looked as though Cristiano Ronaldo had done precisely what Juventus signed him to do, following the majestic volley with which he put the Italian champions ahead against his former club Manchester United.

In a tight Champions League game Wednesday against a formidable rival -- by reputation, if not current form -- Ronaldo stepped up to net his 121st goal in the competition, making what appeared to a decisive contribution just when it mattered most.

A pinpoint...

Karim Benzema 8/10, Toni Kroos 7/10 in Real Madrid rout over Viktoria Plzen

Real Madrid could easily have been a goal and a man down in Wednesday's Champions League Group A game at Viktoria Plzen, before two goals in 143 seconds from Karim Benzema and Casemiro put them on the way to a comfortable victory. Benzema and Gareth Bale made it 0-4 by half-time, and Toni Kroos' neat chip was the cherry on top in the second half.

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Benzema's first goal and Kroos' strike were both pieces of solo magic which Madrid's big players have not been providing enough of lately....

In pictures: Man United late show earns unlikely win at Juventus

Two of Europe's giants met in Turin as Juventus clashed with Manchester United in Turin. A tight game burst into life in the final 30 minutes.

Playing against their former clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba were the centre of attention.
Quiet in the away fixture, Cristiano Ronaldo stunned ex-club Man United with a thunderous volley.
It was Ronaldo who opened the scoring for the home side with a superb volley after 65 minutes.
The goal looked set to give Juve a second straight 1-0 win vs. Man United -- until Juan Mata struck this free kick.
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (L) and Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (2ndL) celebrate after Juventus' Brazilian defender Alex Sandro (C) scored an own goal during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juv
Things got even better for United three minutes later, when Alex Sandro turned the ball into his own net.
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures towards the public at the end of the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juventus vs Manchester United at the Allianz stadium in Turin on November 7, 2018.
The final whistle was a cue for Jose Mourinho, former manager of Juve's rivals Inter, to bask in the glory of victory.
TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 07: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United confronts Paulo Dybala of Juventus as Ashley Young of Manchester United holds him back during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Juventus and Manchester United at Juventu
Mourinho's actions were typically controversial, but after his side's unlikely win, the Man United manager will not care.
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League group H football match Juventus vs Manchester United at the Allianz stadium in Turin on November 7, 2018.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, was left to rue a missed opportunity for his team to clinch a place in the round of 16.

Gabriel Jesus 9/10, Bernardo Silva 8/10 as Man City run riot vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City edged closer to qualifying for the last-16 of the Champions League with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Gabriel Jesus scored a hat trick with two penalties, including a controversial spot kick for City's second, as they moved three points clear at the top of Group F.

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Pep Guardiola insists that he doesn't think City have the know-how yet to win the Champions League but his side easily controlled a match against...