Editor Paul Wilkes looks at his stand out moments involving Spanish clubs or players in the second round of group games.
Jonas scores important goals
The Brazilian seems to enjoy Europe's premier competition, his brace for Valencia against Lille on Tuesday night, were his sixth and seventh goals in the tournament. Having played just 16 games, predominately as a 2nd striker, it takes his ratio to just under one in two, in comparison to his La Liga strike-rate at 3.5 games to every goal. He couldn't have timed his finishes versus the French side any better, even if his second wasn't entirely intended. The first goal in the 38th minute followed the away teams best spell of the game and the strike knocked the stuffing out of Lille. In the ten minutes prior, Lille had pressed more without the ball and threatened the Valencia back line, which up until then had looked comfortable. All of a sudden debutant Carlos Delgado - who had been playing in the Tercera Divisíon (Third tier of Spain) just a year ago - looked a little nervous and Antonio Barragán was being given the run around. Jonas cross-come-shot for his and Valencia's second should have been dealt with more effectively by goalkeeper Mickael Landreau, sealing the victory at the Mestalla.
Vilanova has found out how to use Fàbregas
Tito Vilanova admitted earlier in the season that he was unsure how best to utilise the former Arsenal midfielder. It led to a number of matches where he never started and to huge speculation in Englands press that he would be returning to the United Kingdom. It was a never likely, Vilanova had trained him as a youngster and it was just a matter of time until a common solution was found. A Fàbregas double against Sevilla at the weekend and a further goal here, suggests Tito has accomplished his mission. The problem before was using him as a direct replacement for Xavi or Iniesta, where as Guardiola had used him as a 'number ten'. When teams sit deep against Barça, they often shift to more of a 4-2-4, Messi drops back and Cesc's vertical running exploits the space the Argentinean has left behind.
Mata brace flatters Chelsea
The opening day home draw with Juventus added extra significance to this unknown away trip for the Blues. Whilst they were less-than-emphatic and flattered by the score-line, they will be pleased to have seen off Nordsjaelland in what could have been a potential banana skin. Juan Mata finished his first calmly slotting the ball between the goalkeepers legs, following Fernando Torres pressing the opposition defence to win the ball back (one of his strengths finally being utilised by Chelsea); his second a selection of one-twos including a final one, off an opposing defender, finished expertly, adjusting his body as he nearly loses his balance. The debate amongst some pundits at least continues on centre-back David Luiz, should he really be in another position? No such question marks on his set-pieces though, as his superb free-kick hit the inside of the post and rebounded into the net.
100% records throw up a few surprises
With the group stages just two games old, it's of no surprise that some of the biggest clubs in World football have won both their matches. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal and Porto, have started the tournament in fine fashion; at least results wise. How many would have expected Bate Borisov and Màlaga to be alongside them. Bate's win over Bayern Munich is the shock of the competition to date, whilst Màlaga are yet to concede a goal, a feat matched only by Porto. Meanwhile huge spenders in recent years PSG, Manchester City and Zenit St Petersburg, just a solitary win and a draw between them.
Second consecutive hat-trick for Ronaldo
He might have suffered slightly in the opening weeks of the season and he might have been "sad" less than a month ago, but CR7has now found top gear. Three goals against Deportivo on Sunday set his stall out, he matched that achievement in Holland this week. A simple tap-in got the ball rolling, a fantastically executed dipping shot from outside the area made it two, followed by a chip to perfectly round off the hat-trick. Gone are the days where Ajax versus Real Madrid is a top European tie, the two clubs now face very different financial prospects. It's now 158 goals in 154 games for Ronaldo, as he has El Clàsico in his sights.
Mancini gets out of jail, assisted by harsh penalty
It was Roberto Mancini's 50th Champions League game as a manager, but question marks remain over his suitability to the competition. For the second European match running, he switched to a back three during the game, and once again conceded within the period. It's unfair to say that this was the main reason behind the goal, as they had been overrun in midfield for a while, with Dortmund hitting the post and crossbar earlier. The injury to JaviGarcia after 30 minutes had more of a direct consequence, it was his replacement Jack Rodwellthat gave away possession in the build-up. Manchester City had their own opportunities, notably David Silva missing a sitter on the stroke of half-time. Though, it was Joe Hart they had to thank for keeping the score down and giving them the chance to get back into the match, as he made a number of top quality saves. The penalty was certainly dubious, although it clearly hit Subotić's hand. After the match Mancini remarked "I know the problem and I will solve it very quickly," on this evidence there's numerous things the comment could have related to.