- Goalkeeper: Ederson (Benfica)
It was a memorable European debut for the 22-year-old Brazilian as he filled in for injured Júlio César in the decisive 2-1 win at Zenit.
- Defender: Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
It was also 2-1 to Paris at Chelsea and at full-back Marquinhos roved forward to ensure the pressure was kept on the Blues.
- Defender: Andreas Samaris (Benfica)
Injury-hit Benfica fielded a centre-back partnership of reserve Victor Lindelöf and midfielder Samaris, who had never played in central defence but was superb in denying Zenit.
- Defender: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain)
For the second year running Luiz helped eliminate his former club Chelsea, looking well at home at his former stamping ground of Stamford Bridge.
- Defender: Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit)
Speaking of former Chelsea players, Zhirkov set up Hulk for a goal that briefly levelled Zenit’s tie with Benfica.
- Midfielder: Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain)
Di María was his typically dynamic self at Chelsea, setting up Zlatan Ibrahimović for the decisive goal.
- Midfielder: Renato Sanches (Benfica)
The 18-year-old was given a more defensive role than usual at Zenit and played with mature discipline.
- Midfield: André Schürrle (Wolfsburg)
Schürrle got the only goal as Wolfsburg beat Gent 1-0 to go through 4-2 on aggregate having been a menace throughout.
- Forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
The focus of much pre-match discussion, Costa let his feet do the talking with a goal against Paris and his injury-enforced departure was a turning point in Chelsea’s defeat.
- Zlatan Ibrahimović (Paris Saint-Germain)
There won’t be so much talk about how the Swedish forward does not perform in knockout games or in England after his assist and decisive goal at Chelsea.
- Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Ronaldo became the first to reach 90 UEFA Champions League goals before setting up James Rodríguez in Madrid’s 2-0 win against Roma. This was the fifth straight round of 16 tie in which Ronaldo has scored in both legs.
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