As the first matches in the major European leagues loom large, clubs have been making some final changes to their squads before the big kick-off, with Roberto Soldado, Bernard and Park Jisung among the players on the move.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar made an impressive return to the Schalke team with a hat-trick as his side thrashed Hamburg 4-1 to consolidate fourth place in the Bundesliga, while Frankfurt and Mainz played out a goalless draw.
The heroics of Barcelona and their No10 and Galatasaray and their No17 feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, alongside a coach’s invincibility in Buenos Aires, and goal blitzes on Merseyside and in Haute-Savoie.
It was a back and forth match in Gelsenkirchen Tuesday night where Galatasaray managed to hold on to a 3-2 (4-3 agg.) win over Schalke, sending the Turkish team into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Big-spending Galatasaray will be looking to carry their strong UEFA Champions League group stage form into Wednesday's last 16 encounter against a Schalke side struggling on the domestic front.
Despite Michel Bastos' two strikes, Schalke had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Mainz and Marco Reus' hat-trick kept Borussia Dortmund second in the Bundesliga table after their 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.