UEFA Champions League: Team of the Quarterfinals
The draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League provided football fans with four riveting ties. The standout tie of the last 8 stage pitted defending champions Real Madrid against Italian giants Juventus.
A Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid took control of the tie in Turin with a 3-0 lead having seemingly put the game out of Juventus' hands. However, Juventus came roaring back to level the tie 3-3 heading into extra time until a controversial Ronaldo penalty in the last minute of stoppage time saw the Galacticos through.
We also witnessed an all-English quarter-final for the first time in 7 years with Manchester City drawn to face Liverpool. Manchester City, who were favorites to advance, were sent packing by a professional Liverpool side with the front 3 showing their class, and the defence holding firm against the Manchester City engine to win the tie 5-1.
AS Roma registered the biggest shock of the round with an unreal 3-0 comeback at home after suffering a 4-1 loss at Camp Nou. Roma, therefore won the tie on away goals to book their place in the semifinals for the first time in 34 years.
Sevilla, who shocked Manchester United in the previous round faced German champions Bayern Munich, who saw off the Andalusians 2-1 in the quietest contest of the round.
Many players gave heroic performances to lead their respective teams into the semifinals of the competition. Here we will take a look at the best XI performing players from both legs of the quarter-final stages.
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius (Liverpool)
Liverpool's goalkeeping situation is one that has caused fans headaches ever since Pepe Reina left the club. Despite Karius showing good form over the past few weeks, doubts persisted over whether the German would be able to step up in the big matches.
Surprisingly, Karius hardly had anything to do in the first leg at Anfield as Manchester City failed to register a single shot on target.
In the second leg, there wasn't much that he could do about Jesus' early opener, but he was brave when he needed to be, making a few good punches and interventions in the box to clear in dangerous situations.
He cleared his lines decently when put under pressure by the City attackers and his displays showed the manager that he could indeed be the man between the sticks for a long time for the Reds.