Record breaker Ronaldo leads TOTW

Record breaker Ronaldo leads TOTW
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

With the group stage over, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI from the final matches with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way up top.

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Goalkeeper: Jasper Cillessen (Barcelona)

The Dutch international does not get many chances to shine between the posts for Barcelona, so when they arrive he needs to make them count. In only his third club appearance of the season, Cillessen did exactly that with a brilliant point-blank save from Sporting's Bas Dost at Nou Camp -- just moments after Paco Alcacer had given Barca the lead. It seemed a pivotal moment in the game and manager Enrique Valverde agreed, calling it an "extraordinary stop".

Right-back: Michael Lang (Basel)

Basel's match-winner against Manchester United made another huge contribution to the 2-0 victory at Benfica that secured their round-of-16 spot. It was Lang who whipped in the delicious fifth-minute cross from which Mohamed Elyounoussi headed the visitors in front. Lang, whose stock continues to rise, helped his side produce the perfect away performance thereafter.

Centre-back: Jeremiah St Juste (Feyenoord)

St Juste was barely on the pitch for 20 minutes of Feyenoord's win over Napoli but his contribution more than made up for that. His stooping header in added time gave 10-man Feyenoord their first group stage points of the season and, notably, their first home victory at this level for 16 years. It could not propel them from the bottom of Group F, although it did compound a disappointing exit from the competition for a blunt Napoli side.

Centre-back: Medhi Benatia (Juventus)

Benatia was named Juve's player of the month for November and brought that form into a tricky tie that, in the worse case, could even have seen them exit the Champions League. In the end they did a professional job in the 2-0 win at Olympiakos, the Moroccan consummately anchoring a backline that has begun to look more like itself in recent weeks and may yet be able to provide a sound basis for another deep run this season.

Left-back: Ismaily (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Shakhtar took full advantage of a weakened Manchester City to secure a qualification to the knockout stage that did not look particularly likely a few months ago. It was the adventure of Ismaily, their left-back, that proved decisive; his goal, Shakhtar's second, owed in part to an ill-judged charge from his goal by Ederson but the Brazilian kept a cool head and it was a contribution that summed up a performance full of vigour and verve from his team.

Central midfield: Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)


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