It was another entertaining week in the Champions League as matchday four featured a flurry of goals with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat-trick and Cristiano Ronaldo rescuing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again.
Liverpool, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax sailed to the round of 16 with two games to play, while PSG only walked away with one point after a late draw by RB Leipzig.
It is not the first time that Ronaldo rescued Manchester United with a tie in injury time to break Atalanta’s heart. Who else?
Cristiano Ronaldo rescued a draw for Manchester United with a tie in injury time
Meanwhile, Karim Benzema made history by scoring Real Madrid’s 1,000th goal in the Champions League.
But which players excelled enough to earn a spot in Sportsmail’s Champions League team of the week?
Here, we take a look at our picks from week four.
JOHAN DAHLIN (MALMO)
The Swede may not have kept a clean sheet, but he managed a few, if not unconvincing, saves to keep the score just 1-0 against Chelsea.
He denied a wave of opportunities from Cesar Azpilicueta, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Andreas Christensen in the first half and the Blues were forced to push past the keeper to steal all three points.
Dahlin finally broke down when a revived Callum Hudson-Odoi provided a sublime cross for Ziyech to find the goal in the second half, but he was right to hold out that long.
Johan Dahlin (right) blocks Christian Pulisic’s attack during their Champions League clash
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD (LIVERPOOL)
The right-back dazzled under the Anfield lights as Liverpool saved bad memories against Atlético de Madrid.
Alexander-Arnold dished out both assists for Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane to lead the Reds to a 2-0 victory against Diego Simeone’s team.
Tireless as ever, by the final whistle the England international had completed 103 passes with five tackles and interceptions.
It was a top performance by revolutionary winger Jurgen Klopp, who continually moved up and down the wings and contributed to a relatively routine victory for the Reds to see them advance safely to the knockout stages.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) set both Liverpool goals, including one for Diogo Jota (right)
RAUL ALBIOL (VILLAREAL)
Young Boys looked more dangerous than in the reverse game in which Villarreal won 4-1.
The visitors continually sought to threaten at halftime this time around and Albiol was key to keeping them at bay.
The defender headed a long-range shot from Fabian Rieder off the line to keep the score 1-0 in the second half.
For the first 15 minutes of the Group A clash, PSG sported six and seven at the back, but the captain was quick to order their side.
The Brazilian made a series of vital save interceptions thanks to his impeccable reading of the game.
The defender also made a decisive pass to prepare Gini Wijnaldum for the Dutchman’s double.
Marquinhos (right) made a series of vital save interceptions with his reading of the game.
JOAO CANCELO (MANCHESTER CITY)
Joao Cancelo continued his red-hot start to the 2021-22 campaign in the Champions League this week.
A hat-trick of assists from the Portugal international led Manchester City to a comfortable 4-1 victory that saw them overtake PSG to top Group A.
With precise delivery, the left-back found Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus to set up the trio with direct finishes as Pep Guardiola’s team escaped with the match.
Cancelo was easily City’s best attacking threat on Wednesday and could have added a goal to his assists if it weren’t for hitting the post.
The 27-year-old has five goals in four Champions League games this season.
Joao Cancelo (center) continued his red-hot start to the season with an assists hat-trick
PAULO DYBALA (JUVENTUS)
A brace by the Argentine forward led Juventus to a 4-2 win over Zenit St. Petersburg and the round of 16.
Dybala was once again the main protagonist at Allianz Stadium when he put in a captain’s performance to provide the result Juventus desperately needed after their dismal form in Serie A.
The Argentine was clinical in his 50th appearance in the Champions League when Juve took a well-deserved early lead through Dybala, who hit the ball on the roof of the net in the 11th minute.
Dybala apparently blew a penalty, dragging it away, but luck favored the Juve captain when the referee ordered it to be replayed, and this time he did not miss.
Paulo Dybala (right) caused a lot of problems for the Russian team and was a constant threat
GINI WIJNALDUM (PSG)
Despite all the attacking power of PSG, his two goals against RB Leipzig came from the engine room, namely Gini Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman’s double put the French side in control after falling 1-0 with a header from former PSG striker Christopher Nkunku to a final stalemate.
The midfielder has struggled in his early life at the Parc des Princes, but finally scored his first goal for the French team.
It was a show of confidence on Wijnaldum’s part and his offensive prowess will have reminded the PSG boss of his quality.
Gini Wijnaldum (center) celebrates his first goal for PSG since arriving in the summer
MARCELO BROZOVIC (INTER MILAN)
Brozovic opened the scoring for Inter with a brilliant fake in the 54th minute and shot into the corner.
The ingenious and orderly shot from the edge of the box broke the Croatian Champions League duck and put Inter on their way to a 3-1 victory.
Brozovic also provided an assist for Alexis Sánchez, who scored just 30 seconds after entering.
His overall performance, which saw him keep pace with the play and dictate the pace, deservedly earned him Man of the Match.
Marcelo Brozovic’s performance deservedly earned him the Man of the Match award
KARIM BENZEMA (REAL MADRID)
The Frenchman once again proved his worth when his historic double salvaged a 2-1 victory to bring Real Madrid one step closer to the round of 16.
Benzema’s first goal, an easy touch in the first half, was Real Madrid’s 1,000th goal in the European Cup and in the Champions League.
The forward and Vinicius Jr. combined again in the second half for the Real winner just after the time the French international found the net.
Karim Benzema made history by being his first goal the thousandth of Real Madrid in the competition
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (BAYERN MUNICH)
Lewandowski scored his second hat-trick of the season in his 100th Champions League appearance, leading him to 81 career goals in the competition.
While the Pole also missed a penalty to bring his score to four, he managed an assist for Serge Gnabry to lead Bayern to a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Lewandowski’s sensational performance, which earned him praise as Julian Nagelsmann’s ‘best forward in the world’, saw him overtake Lionel Messi as the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or.
Robert Lewandowski (left) was once again Bayern’s leading man when he scored a hat-trick
CRISTIANO RONALDO (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Another decisive goal from Ronaldo – no one is surprised at this point.
The Portugal international rescued Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again when he rescued a point in Atalanta on Tuesday.
The iconic number 7 had already scored in the first half, but saved a draw with an instinctive first-time volley from outside the penalty area to break the hearts of the Italians in injury time.
The 91-minute goal brings his tally to five goals in four games in the Champions League this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the 91st minute brings his tally to five goals in four games this season