Zenit St. Petersburg's management will have breathed a huge sigh of relief on Wednesday evening after the Russian club notched up their first win of this season's Champions League campaign with a fortunate 1-0 result over Anderlecht.
Zenit were expected to challenge for the trophy this campaign after spending huge money in the summer on Hulk and Alex Witsel, but have been unconvincing so far.
The racial and physical abuse subjected to England's U21 players and staff at the end of their Euro 2013 qualifying playoff against Serbia on Tuesday has rightly outraged the majority in football, who thought those sort of dark days were long gone. After Connor Wickham tapped into an empty net to earn England a 1-0 victory and propel them into Israel next summer, the team suffered a barrage of abuse and missiles from the Serbian home crowd, while their players stormed to the celebrating England team to verbally and physically express their grievances.
For all the pre-season hype of marquee acquisition Alessandro del Piero taking the A-League by storm, the limelight belonged to a couple of fellow new arrivals who can only dream of enjoying the same distinguished career as the Italian maestro.
Phoenix's debutants, Stein Huysegems and teenager Louis Fenton, found themselves on the score-sheet as the home side secured a deserved victory at Westpac Stadium.