Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League on a heated night at Stamford Bridge as Paris St-Germain reached the last eight on away goals after extra time. PSG came from behind twice, showing great character to play from the 30-minute mark without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after he had been sent off for a foul on Oscar.
Eden Hazard may have faced criticism from Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville throughout proceedings, but it is fair to say he ran the show for Chelsea. With the Blues looking far too pedestrian for a high-stake Champions League clash, the Belgian took it upon himself to conduct play down the left flank.
Having accrued 95 touches, only Cesc Fabregas saw more of the ball for Chelsea, Hazard's output proved to be far more impressive than his Spanish colleague. Although he was less creative than usual, fashioning just a single key pass, he was able to complete eight take ons - more than any other player involved - while drawing a further five fouls.
As it stands, only Barcelona's Lionel Messi (47) has successfully completed more dribbles than the Blues midfielder (43) in this season's competition, while no other player has been fouled on more occasions (28). Chelsea's elimination makes it extremely likely that he will lose his place at the top of these rankings, but for now he retains his place as one of Europe's most dangerous attackers.
The 24-year-old showed fantastic composure in extra-time, converting his penalty with ease. Without evening glancing at the penalty spot, he sent Salvatore Sirigu the wrong way, rolling the ball into the back of the net. This proved to be his only shooting opportunity of the evening, and yet he took it with utmost confidence; just as we have all come to expect from such a talented individual.
In a defensive capacity, he didn't put in the greatest of shifts and, ultimately, he could have offered César Azpilicueta greater assistance in dealing with the attacking threat of Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and then Ezequiel Lavezzi and Adrien Rabiot down the PSG right-hand-side. He attempted only two tackles in total, while weighing in with just a single clearance.
Despite a disappointing night for the Blues, Hazard was his side's stand-out players. If he is not directly contributing with goals and assists himself, he is providing a nuisance with his impressive ability to weave in and out of opposition defences. He did both last night for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but unfortunately his teammates just weren't on the same wavelength.