Kroos control and magnificent Mbappe - Champions League team of the week

Who were the star players in the quarter-final first legs?

Want a long pass played behind the opposition full-backs? Nobody does it better than Real Madrid midfield metronome Toni Kroos.

The Germany international picked Liverpool apart, besides providing a reassuring shield for a makeshift Madrid defence when needed, in his side's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

His teammate Vinicius Junior rebuked the idea that he is a wayward finisher with two well-taken goals to give Madrid a 3-1 advantage ahead of the return leg.

Kylian Mbappe, scurge of Barcelona in the previous round, turned his terror on title-holders Bayern Munich as Paris Saint-Germain pulled off a shock win in Germany.

The French striker scored twice to give PSG a 3-2 victory at the Allianz Arena.

Superb individual goals from from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell put Chelsea in the driving seat against Porto, while Kevin de Bruyne showed just why Manchester City were keen to tie him to a new contract with a masterclass in the 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Published: April 8, 2021 09:35 AM

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