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Published: Friday 8 April 2005, 11.00CET's users singled out four players as this week's top performers in the UEFA Champions League. features

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Published: Friday 8 April 2005, 11.00CET

Fab four rise to the occasion's users singled out four players as this week's top performers in the UEFA Champions League.'s users logged on to MatchCentre during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first legs on Tuesday and Wednesday and singled out four players as this week's top performers in the Amstel Man of the Match awards.

Luis García (Liverpool FC 2-1 Juventus FC)
Spanish international Luis García encapsulated all that was good about Liverpool FC in a terrific opening 25 minutes which brought two goals against Juventus FC. Aside from some terrific passes and timely challenges, his near-post header set up Sami Hyypiä's first before he himself struck a superb volley over Gianluigi Buffon to double Liverpool's advantage.

Phillip Cocu (Olympique Lyonnais 1-1 PSV Eindhoven)
In a red-hot atmosphere at the Stade Gerland, PSV Eindhoven battled furiously and occasionally rode their luck to earn a splendid draw at Olympique Lyonnais. Phillip Cocu epitomised the Dutch side's resilience, defending deeply from his midfield role before driving upfield to draw his side level with a crisp low drive from 20 metres with eleven minutes remaining.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea FC 4-2 FC Bayern München)
Frank Lampard capped a fine display with two outstanding goals in Chelsea FC’s 4-2 home win against FC Bayern München that left the Premiership leaders on the verge of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. The England midfield player has weighed in with some crucial goals of late but none can rival his splendid second at Stamford Bridge which saw him control the ball in the air before swivelling and firing beyond Oliver Kahn.

Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan 2-0 FC Internazionale Milano)
After 46 days out with a fractured cheekbone, Andriy Shevchenko returned to inspire AC Milan to a 2-0 success against FC Internazionale Milano which put them on course for the last four of the UEFA Champions League. The Ukraine striker kept his cool to head his side’s second in the 74th minute, capping a fine performance that had seen him underline his status as the European Footballer of the Year.

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Visit's MatchCentre again next week to have your say in the Amstel Man of the Match polls for the quarter-final second legs. Click here to read about previous results.

Last updated: 08/04/05 11.49CET

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