It would be a night of mixed emotions as some historic names on the European circuit, such as Benfica, made an early exit from the competition, Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record, and there was a fond farewell to Nelson Mandela paid around the continent.
Below is a collection of some of the very best images taken over the course of another compelling night of Champions League action ...
Brazilian striker Lima takes a tumble as Benfica beat PSG but fall short of qualification
Mario Gotze helps Bayern Munich into an early 2-0 lead against Manchester City
A severe hailstorm in Istanbul causes the Galatasaray-Juventus game to be abandoned
David Silva starts the City revival at the Allianz Arena
Javier Saviola helps Olympiakos secure a last-16 berth at the expense of former club Benfica
Omer Toprak's solitary strike against Real Sociedad sees Bayer Leverkusen through
Leverkusen's opponents Sociedad finish bottom of the group on just one point
Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland is congratulated after saving a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty
Ronaldo, though, wasn't to be be denied new record for goals scored in the group stages
James Milner becomes the first Englishman to score for City in the Champions League
Alan Dzagoev's red card proves to be the turning point in CSKA's defeat to Viktoria Plzen
Relief for David Moyes at Old Trafford as Manchester United edge past Shakhtar Donetsk
Viktoria Plzen celebrate earning a place in the Europa League after beating CSKA
Manuel Pellegrini appears to be unaware another goal in Bavaria would secure City top spot