Luka Modric, Anthony Martial, Harry Kane in Champions League Best XI
With the second games in the group stage complete, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI -- with Harry Kane making his second successive appearance.
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Goalkeeper: Artem Rebrov (Spartak Moscow)
Perhaps this should be joint award for Spartak's two goalkeepers, who thwarted Liverpool brilliantly at different points in their 1-1 draw. Rebrov, 33, made a stunning first half save to deny Roberto Firmino and repelled a Philippe Coutinho free kick before injuring himself midway through the second half in bravely diving at Mohamed Salah's feet. No matter; his replacement, Aleksandr Selikhov, pulled off a wonderful late stop to keep out a point-blank heard from Salah and despite coming under a late siege, the Russian side held out for an unlikely point.
Right-back: Dani Alves (Paris Saint-Germain)
Alves was signed to make important contributions on the European stage for PSG and he delivered in the clinical 3-0 win against Bayern Munich, starting things off in the second minute when blasting home Neymar's pass after a typically ambitious supporting run. While Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were in sharp form further forward, Alves also contributed to an impressive clean sheet and looks just as much of a potential difference-maker in this competition for the French champions.
Centre-back: Kostas Manolas (Roma)
The powerful defender has been linked with a Premier League move but it was his potency further up the pitch that set Roma on the way to a 2-1 victory over Qarabag. They were run close in Azerbaijan but Manolas' header inside the opening 10 minutes gave them an early advantage and later in the game, when the hosts sought an unlikely equaliser, he played his part in keeping the door firmly shut.
Centre-back: Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
Cahill put in a captain's performance just when it was needed for Chelsea, dominating at the back against an Atletico Madrid side that did not trouble them as much as feared. He kept the shackles on Antoine Griezmann and set the tone for a fiercely committed performance all over the park, also making a big first half block from Yannick Carrasco. This showing in the Blues' 2-1 win should quieten a few of his critics among the club's support.
Left-back: Kieran Tierney (Celtic)
Celtic's 20-year-old left-back is beginning to turn heads across Europe and was superb during the 3-0 win in Anderlecht that brought them a first-ever away clean sheet in the Champions League. Tierney played an important part in repelling the Belgian team's pressure and was incisive in his marauding runs further forward, bursting upfield to cross for Leigh Griffiths' 38th minute opener, setting Brendan Rodgers' men up for a tilt at progression from Group B.
Central midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale may have stolen the show with their goals in Real's mightily impressive 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund, but this team would achieve far less without Modric and he put in another midfield masterclass on Tuesday night. Now 32, the Croatian continues to dominate games against the very best -- and not even an unusual yellow card, awarded for helping the referee pace out 10 yards at a free-kick, could put him off his stride at Signal Iduna Park.
Central midfield: Danilo Pereira (Porto)
There were few better performances on matchday two than Porto's 3-0 victory in Monaco, and the Portuguese side were aided by a classy display from Danilo. Midfield was always going to be an important area for such seemingly well-matched teams; Danilo won his personal battle with Fabinho and also created the first goal, seeing his shot parried by Diego Benaglio before Vincent Aboubakar eventually converted. It proved a crucial contribution.
Right forward: Dimitri Oberlin (Basel)
If Oberlin's name is unfamiliar, it is time to make a note. The Cameroon-born Swiss Under-21 forward, on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, scored twice in Basel's eye-catching 5-0 thrashing of a woeful Benfica and was simply unplayable. His first goal came after an astonishing lung-busting run from one box to the other that has already made waves on the internet. His second was another composed finish, while he also won a penalty and played a big part in Basel's opener. To cap it all, it was his 20th birthday.
Attacking midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
What a performance Chelsea put in to silence Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano, and what a display it was from a man who looks ready to dominate Champions League games this season. Hazard was a constant thorn in the hosts' side, set up Alvaro Morata's equaliser and created several other chances as well as hitting the post himself. He said afterwards that it was the best showing he could remember from Chelsea at this level and that also applied to his own sparkling performance.
Left forward: Anthony Martial (Manchester United)
If Martial put in more performances like this nobody would be questioning his role at Manchester United. He was in irresistible form during the 4-1 rout of CSKA Moscow, laying on two goals for Romelu Lukaku, converting a penalty of his own and producing the shot that led to Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the fourth. Martial was behind a number of other United openings too and his decision making was clear-headed throughout. CSKA's defending was shambolic, but could this have been a big night in his United career?
Centre forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Kane is banging the goals once more -- his hat trick against APOEL brought up nine in his last five games. It also means he has scored five in two Champions League outings and at this rate he is single-handedly firing Tottenham out of Group H. The treble in Cyprus was of the "perfect" variety every striker craves -- a left-foot, a right-foot and finally a header, all displaying perfect timing and an exceptionally cool head in front of goal.
Nick Ames is a football journalist who writes for ESPN FC on a range of topics. Twitter: @NickAmes82.