UEFA.com’s Champions League team of the week

11 Mar


  • 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)

David Luiz reacts to Paris beating Chelsea

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)

Watch Schürrle’s winner for 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)

Watch all Ibrahimović’s goals for Paris

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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