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Cristiano leads the Champions League quarter final XI

Two other Real Madrid players took their place in Uefa's team of the round and a further two joined them from Barcelona and one from Sevilla.


The Champions League quarter final first leg matches are over and as is now customary, Uefa have selected their best XI from the four games. There is little surprise that Real Madrid's European goal machine takes his place, but who else joined him...

How the quarter finals played out

Real Madrid stunned everyone with a 0-3 victory in Turin over Juventus on Tuesday night while across in Sevilla, the Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were also giving themselves a handy away win (1-2). Wednesday was the turn of the home teams to deliver with Barcelona, with the help of two own goals, putting one foot into the semis with a 4-1 win over Roma, and Liverpool blitzing Manchester City with three first half goals and no reply from the Sky Blues.

The first leg dream team

Liverpool goalkeeper Karius takes the number one position after keeping a tight ship at the back and, despite not having to face a shot at goal from Guardiola's City, gathered several crosses and loose balls in what was a demanding second half for The Reds.

Real Madrid pair Marcelo and Carvajal were picked to play either side of a three-man backline with Barça's Pique - the team's other scorer on the night - in the centre.

Ribery and Thiago represent Bayern Munich in the midfield of this XI alongside Sevilla's hard-working Sarabia, and the deliverer of Liverpool's second-goal rocket, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Cristiano's brace for Los Blancos - including the spectacular second that will long live in the memory - ensured him a place in the frontline and joining him were Liverpool's very own scoring sensation Mo Salah and Barcelona frontman Luis Suárez who ended a ten-game barren run in the competition.


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