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European Team of the Week: Liverpool Dominate as Lewandowski Partners Messi

Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski of Poland celebrates after scoring during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund in Bremen, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

Robert Lewandowski is WhoScored.com’s player of the week after the Pole put in a match-winning performance for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The striker netted two and provided an assist as Die Schwarzgelben thumped Werder Bremen 5-1.

The 25-year-old now has 13 Bundesliga goals to his name this season, with only Adrian Ramos (14) scoring more, as Lewandowski continues to exhibit his striking prowess.

Lionel Messi partners Lewandowski on the back of Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.

The Argentine is beginning to rediscover the form that made him such a threat prior to his injury, with the 26-year-old on hand to score twice and provide the assist for Alexis Sanchez’s opener at a rain-soaked Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez take the positions on either wing following their performances against Arsenal on Saturday.

The pairing flanked striker Daniel Sturridge excellently, with Sterling bagging a brace and Suarez registering an assist as the Reds continue their quest to secure a top-four finish.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was at his goalscoring best at the weekend in the position behind Lewandowski in the Dortmund attack.

The Armenian scored with both of his shots on target, while his seven successful dribbles proved how penetrative he was in the win against Bremen.

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Tolga Cigerci was on hand to help Hertha Berlin heap further misery on Hamburg as the youngster executed a notable four key passes, one of which was an assist, highlighting his offensive input.

Moreover, the Turk provided an adequate defensive shield to the backline as Cigerci made four tackles, three interceptions and two clearances to help Hertha keep just their fifth clean sheet of the season.

Antonio Barragan turned in a notable performance for Valencia as they romped to a 5-0 win over lowly Real Betis.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 01:  Jonas (R) of Valencia celebrates after scoring with his teammate Antonio Barragan during the La Liga match between Valencia CF  and CA Osasuna at Estadio Mestalla on December 01, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Q
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The former Liverpool full-back played two key passes in the victory, one of which led to an assist, while the right-back was also able to press forward with intent throughout the duration of the encounter.

Barragan’s inclination to press forward from deep offered a further attacking threat to Los Che over the 90 minutes, with 42 percent of Valencia's attacks coming from the right side of the pitch.

Sead Kolasinac regularly attacked with intent from left-back for Schalke and was duly rewarded with an assist in the 2-0 win over Hannover, where the young German made three tackles, three interceptions and five clearances to display his defensive ability.

Alessandro Lucarelli was on hand to guarantee Parma a point as the experienced Italian made a commendable 14 clearances and five interceptions on Sunday, limiting Catania to just two shots on target in the 0-0 draw.

Martin Skrtel partners the 36-year-old in the backline after the powerful centre-back put his side 2-0 up in the opening 10 minutes against Arsenal.

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The 29-year-old went on to make 10 clearances over the duration of the encounter, restricting the Arsenal forward line, to help Liverpool close the gap on third-placed Manchester City.

Keylor Navas completes the XI as Levante held Champions League-chasing Real Sociedad to a 0-0 draw.

Navas made an impressive seven saves in the stalemate to dent Sociedad’s hopes of securing a top-four finish and ensure Levante ended the weekend in the top half of the table.

 

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

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