Nineteen year old Matip played in Central midfield for his German club, Shalke 04, that beat Spain’s Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday night to qualify on a 4-2 aggregrate.
The young Lion who won his first international cap in February 2010 in a friendly against Italy, was substituted after 60 minutes but displayed all the qualities that have made him an important member of Shalke’s squad this season.
Tottenham Hotspur left full-back, Assou-Ekotto was strong again for his London club.
His timely block that deflected Robinho’s attempt for AC Milan at the 92nd minute of the game epitomised his immense contribution to Spurs’ defensive effort.
The game ended 0-0 but the north London team qualify on a 1-0 aggregate after they beat AC Milan in Italy a fortnight ago.
Spurs’ other Indomitable Lion, Sebastien Bassong, did not feature in the game but he should be happy to be part of the generation of players to take the club to the last eight of the reformatted European Cup (Champions League).
Alex Song did not travel with Arsenal to Barcelona where the English side were beaten 3-1 (4-3 on aggregate) and knocked-out of the competition.
The European Champions League 8th finals continue next week with four games to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cameroon’s national team skipper, Samuel Eto’o, is expected to lead the attack-line of the reigning European Champions, Inter Milan against Bayern Munich.
Bayern beat Inter 1-0 in the first leg played in Milan.