On his return to Madrid, David De Gea justified the faith shown in him by Sir Alex Ferguson with a brilliant performance in between the sticks to help earn Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.
The former Atletico Madrid shotstopper pulled off a series of sensational saves to frustrate Jose Mourinho's side and give United a slight advantage heading into the second leg on March 5.
As such, he tops the bill in our Team of the Week, as selected via the expert ratings on our matchcasts.
Joining the Spaniard are three other United players, while Cristiano Ronaldo also takes his place in our elite XI along with team-mate Fabio Coentrao.
A trio of Paris St-Germain players are led by Mamadou Sakho, while Darijo Srna and Claudio Marchisio represent Shakhtar and Juventus respectively.
Celtic, Valencia and Borussia Dortmund are the only teams out of the eight in action this week not to have a player on the team.
(Expert rating in brackets)
GK: David De Gea - Manchester United
The Spaniard has been placed under almost unprecedented scrutiny since arriving at Old Trafford in 2011 but his performance in Madrid was a stunning riposte to his critics. A succession of fine saves saw him keep Real at bay. (9)
RB: Darijo Srna - Shakhtar Donetsk
Impressive in defence and attack, the Croatia full-back was never far from the action and capped a decent performance with a stunning free-kick. (7)
CB: Mamadou Sakho - Paris Saint-Germain
Recovered from an early bump after going in bravely to intercept with his head to enter a superb defensive display alongside Alex at the heart of defence. Will thus be more annoyed than anyone that his side conceded late on. (9)
CB: Jonny Evans - Manchester United
Continued his fine season with another solid display at the heart of United's defence, largely snuffing out the danger posed by Real's menacing forward line. (8)
LB: Fabio Coentrao - Real Madrid
The Portuguese got forward well and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at least once. Only two outstanding saves by De Gea denied him. (7)
CM: Claudio Marchisio - Juventus
The midfielder scored the second and assisted Mirko Vucinic for the third as he made a decisive contribution to the tie at Celtic Park. (8)
CM: Phil Jones - Manchester United
Was assigned a specific task in tracking back to negate the threat of Ronaldo, a job he performed well enough. Denied the Portuguese near the end with a timely intervention to secure the draw. (8)
AMR: Lucas Moura - Paris Saint-Germain
Made one for Pastore and nearly had one for himself when he was denied by the post. Was a livewire down the PSG right all game long and is increasingly looking worth the wait to get him to Paris - and the megabucks paid. (8)
AMC: Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
Was it ever in doubt that he would get on the scoresheet against United? An imperious header to equalise and, despite frequent double marking on him, still posed a threat, especially before the break. Extra marks for his muted goal celebration. (8)
AML: Javier Pastore - Paris Saint-Germain
Scored one and made the other, Pastore punished Valencia when it counted to put the French side in the box seat to reach the quarter-finals. (8)
FW: Danny Welbeck - Manchester United
A willing workhorse with no little skill to boot, Welbeck led the line well for United in testing circumstances. Took his goal well and could have had another. United's most lively player. (8)
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