Champions League team of the quarter-final first leg – Rooney & Adebayor lead the line

Goal.com takes a look at the stand-out performers from the extremely memorable first leg of the 2010-2011 Champions League quarter-final fixtures...
All too often, highly-anticipated football matches fail to live up to the hype - but this week the Champions League provided us with enough excitement to last a lifetime.

With eleven goals shipped on Tuesday alone - and Wednesday adding another seven to the tally - we have enjoyed enough cards, controversial decisions, and drama to keep us talking for weeks to come.

Join Goal.com as we take a step back from the commotion to pick out the best performers from this week.

Going by the ratings awarded to each player by our panel of analysts, we run through the stars of the Champions League quarter-final, first leg...

Formation: 4-1-3-2



Goalkeeper - Manuel Neuer (Schalke)

Player Rating: 7 (vs Inter)

Very hard to fault on the night, the only thing that Manuel Neuer will regret from San Siro is the clearance that let to Stankovic's half-way line stunner. A performance typical of the Germany No. 1, Neuer dealt superbly well with the guile of Eto'o in the second half.



Right-back - Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Player Rating: 8 (vs Shakhtar Donetsk)

It could have been a night to forget for the Brazilian after a loose pass early in the game almost cost his team a goal, but he ultimately became Barca's most enterprising threat in the final third. Scored the second of the night and provided a neat assist for the fifth, while remaining dangerous throughout.



Centre-back - Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)

Player Rating: 8 (vs Chelsea)

Back alongside his old partner in crime, Rio joined Nemanja Vidic at the centre of defence for a performance that made it look like he had never been away. Slotted seamlessly back into the team for his first game back after a lengthy injury. Fantastic.



Centre-back - Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd)

Player Rating:
8 (vs Chelsea)

Showed the true grit of a captain at the back against Chelsea, commanding his line with determination. Won every tackle, header and battle that came his way, and will be ecstatic with keeping a clean sheet to give the Red Devils a 1-0 aggregate advantage to take to Old Trafford.



Left-back - Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Player Rating: 8 (vs Tottenham)

His job may have been made a touch easier due to the absence of Aaron Lennon on his flank, but nothing can be taken away from the offensively-minded full-back's performance. Got forward at every opportunity, and provided the assist for Adebayor's second goal of the night.



Defensive Midfield - Xavi (Barcelona)

Player Rating: 7.5 (vs Shakhtar Donetsk)

Barca's all-time record appearance holder once again produced a near-flawless midfield performance, barely relinquishing possession throughout the match, and rounded off the rout by bursting into the area to net the fifth goal. Another masterclass from the Spain international.



Right midfield - Edu (Schalke)

Player Rating: 7.5 (vs Inter)

Easily the man of the match at the San Siro, Edu scored once either side of half-time in a performance that he will not forget in a hurry. Brave and committed, the Brazilian's doubters were well silenced by his efforts on Tuesday night.



Central midfield - Ryan Giggs (Man Utd)

Player Rating: 8 (vs Chelsea)

Deployed in a central role that he has adapted to so well in his twilight years, the 37-year-old was on the top of his game on Wednesday evening. Always picking the ball up in dangerous positions, his excellent distribution led to the only goal of the evening.



Left midfield - Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Player Rating:
8 (vs Shakhtar Donetsk)

In the form of his life right now, Andres Iniesta would have rued the yellow card that will lead to his suspension in the second leg had he not been integral to the 5-1 thumping of Shakhtar. Opened the scoring before providing a sublime 40-yard assist for Alves' goal in the first half.



Striker - Emmanuel Adebayor (Real Madrid)

Player Rating:
8.5 (vs Tottenham)

Quite literally used his head to open the floodgates against Tottenham, and the striker's two-goal performance against the English outfit will give Madrid food for thought with his loan period at the Santiago Bernabeu due to expire at the end of the season.



Striker - Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)

Player Rating:
8 (vs Chelsea)

Amidst a torrent of media controversy regarding his 'celebration' against West Ham at the weekend, the striker kept his cool to score the only goal of the match at Stamford Bridge. With an away goal in the bag, Rooney continued to make a nuisance of himself throughout in an all-round display of class.


There you have it. Disagree with our selection? Let us know who you would have snapped up in your line-up. As ever, we're open to your suggestions and comments below...
Did what so few defenders have managed to this season and dealt with Nani's two pronged approach of cutting inside or taking the ball down the channel with relative ease. The Cameroonian never really looked threatened at White Hart Lane, delivering a fine performance.