A fog of uncertainty settles over the stadium. Pantomiming a covert operative who's blown his cover, the referee touches his earpiece, and as the hush shifts to collective groans, the match official paints an invisible rectangle in the nighttime sky: it's VAR time.
Replay technology has hogged many headlines during the Champions League last 16, at times sucking the life out of continental fixtures with results hanging in the balance. But VAR still hasn't reduced the frequency of great goals in Europe's premier competition.
If there's been one flaw throughout Lionel Messi's near-perfect career, it's the Argentine's struggles at the penalty spot. What better way to rise above past blips than with a calm Panenka against Lyon.
Too bad VAR didn't review the penalty incident. Hmmm.
Arguably the standout player of the last-16 stage, Sterling feasted on the Gelsenkirchen lot at will, including this stellar individual effort during the first leg in Germany courtesy of a pinpoint pass from Ederson.
Rousing City attacker Leroy Sane faced the club that groomed him for stardom. The German international did this when the first leg was quite shockingly balanced on the edge of a knife late in the match.
Man of the match Dusan Tadic delicately danced through Real defenders before capping the sequence with a rocket left-foot strike, which was arguably the moment that cemented the tie.
Thank goodness VAR took an eternity to rule the goal good after Noussair Mazraoui managed to narrowly keep the ball in play.
Let's see that from another angle. Yikes, Manuel Neuer, you're canceled.
David Neres' goal was the pinnacle of a highlight-filled last 16, and it came during an inspiring night for Ajax. The Brazilian's poise is notable, but the beauty was in the build up, with Tadic using a feint to dupe Sergio Reguilon before sending Casemiro to the glue factory.
It's hard to believe Tadic didn't thrive consistently under tactical misfit Mark Hughes. Somewhere, a Southampton fan is drinking a glass of nails while watching this replay.