However, for all the great and fantastic occurrences that Week 5 of the Champions League provided, one moment of poor sportsmanship by Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano will remain the talking point for the remainder of the week and perhaps even longer.
Bleacher Report's Will Tidey explains what happened in their 5-2 win over Nordsjaelland that caused the frustration of both the Danish club and football fans around the world.
Play was stopped by the referee after a Nordsjaelland player went down hurt midway through the first half, with the Danish hosts owners of surprise 1-0 lead.
Shakhtar's Willian explained he would take the drop-ball unchallenged and pass it back to Nordsjaelland's goalkeeper from inside his own half [when play resumed]
Only Adriano had other ideas. As Willian's lobbed ball made its way into the Nordsjaelland half, Adriano took possession and proceeded to round the goalkeeper and slot home to bring the Ukrainians level.
What is clear here is that this was not a mistake by Adriano. It was not as if he simply did not know what was going on and what his team were doing. This was a conscious decision to go against the general ethics and sportsmanship of the game to try and advantage his team.
They needed to win, they weren't winning, and so he did what he is paid to do—score goals. Only that he isn't paid to cause the ire of the opposing team like he did.
Since the debacle, Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has apologized to Nordsjaelland for the actions (per The Guardian) whilst Adriano has been cited for unsportsmanlike conduct by UEFA (per The Daily Mail).
The Champions League brought about many wonderful things this week, and has done through the tournament so far this year—this simply just wasn't one of them.
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