Among those starring in UEFA.com's dream matchday five lineup are Arsenal FC's third-string goalkeeper, some unheralded defenders and three hat-trick scorers.
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GK: Emiliano Martínez (Arsenal FC)
Called into action for the second time in the group stage, Arsenal's third-choice keeper was faultless against Dortmund's formidable attack in the 2-0 win that took the Gunners through.
RB: Juanfran (Club Atlético de Madrid)
A fourth successive clean sheet for Atlético, and a third assist in that run for the right-back, who kept his head to square Roberto's miscued clearance for Raúl García to turn in the opening goal.
CB: Mikel San José (Athletic Club)
Athletic's wait for a first win of the group stage was ended thanks to Mikel San José's maiden UEFA Champions League goal at FC Shakhtar Donetsk, reward for a lively performance throughout in Lviv.
CB: Chancel Mbemba (RSC Anderlecht)
Chancel Mbemba finally made Anderlecht's pressure tell against Galatasaray close to the interval with a diving header, and added a second with four minutes left – his first goals of the season. The centre-back's double brought Anderlecht only their second home win in the competition since 2002.
LB: Aymen Abdennour (AS Monaco FC)
Abdennour made his competition debut for Monaco at Bayer 04 Leverkusen due to Layvin Kurzawa's injury and was not only virtually flawless in a clean sheet but also set up Lucas Ocampos's winner.
RM: Hector Herrera (FC Porto)
Mexico midfielder Herrera put Porto ahead at FC BATE Borisov with a fizzing long-range strike before setting up the other two in a Group H-clinching 3-0 victory.
CM: Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea FC)
Fàbregas has been in the form of his life this season and was typically brilliant in the 5-0 qualification-clinching win at FC Schalke 04 with two assists that took his season tally to a joint-top four.
LM: Nani (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
The central figure against NK Maribor, the Sporting winger was a constant menace, scoring one and making another; he had a total of seven shots on goal as the Lisbon club secured three vital points.
RF: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
Three days after becoming the Spanish Liga's all-time leading scorer with the aid of a hat-trick, Messi was at it again, taking outright ownership of the UEFA Champions League record. The first goal of his treble away to APOEL FC was his 72nd strike in the competition, eclipsing the mark he shared with Raúl González.
CF: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City FC)
Tuesday was a good night for Argentina strikers. Messi's international team-mate saved City from defeat against FC Bayern München and almost certain elimination. His opener, from the spot, was followed by two clinical finishes late on as he ruthlessly punished mistakes by Xabi Alonso and Jérôme Boateng.
LF: Mario Mandžukić (Club Atletico de Madrid)
The Croatian striker scored the third hat-trick of the matchday in Atlético's win against Olympiacos, producing a clinical display to take his season's tally to five goals. Tapped in from close range shortly before half-time before a pair of trademark headers just past the hour.