At the ripe old age of 34, I can guarantee not many fans envisaged former White Hart Lane favourite Steed Malbranque still playing European football, never mind being a game changer in them.
However, that's what he had to prove to be after Lyon were struck with an early blow as the away side went 1-0 up in the first couple of minutes of the match.
Reported Newcastle target Jimmy Briand set-up French U21 international Gueida Fofana to level the scores, however, it was Malbranque that provided the next two goals with some excellent passes.
Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette was the first to benefit from from Malbranque's passing ability after a cutting through-ball put him one-on-one with the keeper, in which he didn't disappoint.
The second time it was former Portsmouth player Arnold Mvuemba, in what proved to be the pass of the match.
Malbranque threaded a lovely weighted pass onto the chest of Mvuemba, who showed brilliant composure to get the ball down and finish on the half-volley with this left foot.
Malbranque was the substituted shortly after setting-up the third Lyon goal, however, the French side went on to extend their lead further just minutes after his departure through a second goal from Gueida Fofana.
How Tottenham could have done with a similar impact last night against Benfica...