It was a night of firsts for David Luiz at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The fine goal that set Chelsea on the road to victory in our opening group game was the Brazilian defender's first in the Champions League. It was also his first match in the competition for Chelsea, and on top of all that, it was the first football he has played for the club since May.
It was an admirable contribution from a player who was an unused sub for his national team throughout the Copa America in the summer and on returning to Cobham later than most as a consequence of that tournament, was immediately unable to train due to a thigh problem.
Last night against Bayer Leverkusen he was set a stiffer challenge than his team-mates this season, asked to perform in an important game without prior match practice.