Pedro Goncalves on fire
In the shock of the evening so far, Borussia Dortmund are 2-0 down at the hands of Sporting CP and are heading into the Europa League.
The key instigator for the Portuguese outfit is one-time Wolves man Pedro Goncalves, who has scored both goals for the home side. Goncalves could not make his way into the Wolves first team, seeing just 28 minutes of EFL Cup action before he departed.
The 23 year old broke into the Sporting side in the 19/20 season, but really burst into life the following season, taking on the Bruno Fernandes mantle after he left for Manchester United.
Deployed largely on the right hand side, but also capable on the opposite flank and through the middle, Goncalves netted 23 goals in 32 games, and has followed it up with 9 goals in 10 League and Champions League games so far this campaign.
And now, he has followed in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, becoming the second Portuguese player in the Champions League to score back-to-back braces after the Manchester United man.
What next for the young star?
Gonclaves on the move?
The wideman has been heavily linked with Liverpool in recent weeks, but there are stumbling blocks. Sporting’s gem is contracted until 2026 and Sporting are reportedly set to demand a record fee, around 80 million euros, to let him depart for Anfield.
This isn’t usually Liverpool’s style, but with Salah, Mane and Firmino not getting any younger, and Goncalves versatility surely a massive plus point for Jurgen Klopp, could the Reds be persuaded to part with the princely sum?