Champions League Team of the last 16 second leg: Perfect Messi scores five goals & Gomez leads Bayern rout picks the best in show from the second leg of the round of 16 fixtures in Europe's most prestigious club competition
Champions League

Team Of The last 16:

Second Leg



Player rating: 7.5

Despite a late red card against Inter, the heroics of Mandanda are a major reason that the Ligue 1 side qualified for the quarter-finals. He made two miraculous early stops from close range against Wesley Sneijder and Diego Milito, and he also did well to thwart a couple of set-piece opportunities in the second half, allowing his side to stay within sight of the last eight.


Branislav IVANOVIC
Player rating: 8

Player rating: 8

Player rating: 8

Philipp LAHM
Bayern Munich
Player rating: 7.5

After a horror show at the Stadio San Paolo against Napoli three weeks ago, Ivanovic rebounded with a fantastic match, pushing forward from right-back and looking much more assured defensively and he eventually scored the crucial extra-time goal that sent Chelsea through 5-4 on aggregate. Paulo Jorge, who was in our Best XI from the first legs, retains his place as he once again quelled the danger from Lyon as the Cypriots continue their dream run in the competition.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic troubled Arsenal at San Siro, but that was not the case in the return fixture as Vermaelen excelled at centre-back, marking the big Sweden international out of the game as the Gunners fell just short of a spectacular comeback. Lahm is often considered as one the best full-backs in the world, and he certainly showed why against Basel as he provided plenty of support to the Bavarians' attackers while looking comfortably in control at the back.


Bayern Munich
Player rating: 8.5

Real Madrid
Player rating: 7.5

Player rating: 8

Player rating: 8

appears to be a rejuvenated player of late and his presence had seemingly been what was missing for Bayern. The Dutchman, along with Ribery on the opposite flank, absolutely terrorised his Swiss opponents by opening and rounding off the seven-goal triumph, as well as creating one of the tallies with an assist.

Real Madrid have rarely seen the best of Kaka since his move from San Siro in 2009, but against CSKA Moscow, the Brazilian playmaker looked close to the brilliant form which saw him win Europe's top competition in the past. The attacking midfielder set up Gonzalo Higuain's opener and his link up play coming forward was exceptional as he nearly scored a few times himself at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Benfica had their backs against the wall after losing 3-2 in Russia in the first leg, but Witsel took the reins in midfield in the absence of Pablo Aimar. The Belgium international slotted in nicely, playing further forward than usual and he set up Maxi Pereira with some quick thinking when he back-heeled the ball to the Uruguayan for his side's opener in their 2-0 win.

Gunners teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put his name on the map in Europe with a sizzling performance versus AC Milan. He set up one of the three goals with a brilliant corner and also won a penalty as he proved to be a real handful with his pace and dribbling abilities. Based on his development, one predicts he will have many more Champions League nights of the same calibre in his future.


Lionel MESSI
Player rating: 10

Bayern Munich
Player rating: 9.5

Our two strikers scored an incredible nine goals between them! First, Messi created history by becoming the first player in the Champions League era to score five in one match, and he was given a 'perfect 10' rating for his marvellous achievement. He produced some real gems within his quintet of strikes during Barcelona's 7-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

Amazingly, Gomez nearly matched that feat, grabbing four as Bayern Munich battered Basel 7-0. In a typically efficient goal-poachers performance, the Germany international always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to put the ball into the back of the net.