5 moments that caught the eye in this week's Champions League
This week's Champions League action proved to be a massive treat for all as goals flew in left, right and centre in almost all of the group games. Many teams secured their passage to the knockout phases while some are still left hanging in the balance. For teams like AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund - this season of Champions League ended with another defeat.
Real Madrid and PSG registered record victories whereas Liverpool and Manchester United floundered in their respective matches. Lorenzo Insigne and Antoine Griezmann's goals this midweek were some of the best of this season while Willian's goal for Chelsea against Qarabag was simply, poetry in motion. On that note, let's take a take a look at the five moments that caught the eye in this week's Champions League:
#5 Igor Akinfeev keeps a clean sheet...at last
For a goalkeeper, a clean sheet is the most valuable thing in the world. Every custodian yearns to shut up shop at his end every time he enters a football field. Now imagine waiting 11 years and 43 Champions League matches for one! Igor Akinfeev of CSKA Moscow had that relieving feeling recently! The Russian goalkeeper finally kept a clean sheet after 11 long effing years in a 2-0 win over Benfica.
Wednesday night brought a much-needed end to an embarrassing record for a brilliant goalkeeper. Akinfeev's last clean sheet came in 2006 against Arsenal at the Emirates where he stopped a barrage of shots from Thierry Henry and Robin Van Persie to help his side earn a 0-0 draw.