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VIDEO: Champions League Team of the Week

The Champions League group stage is hotting up and Matchday 3 provided us with some of the competition’s most thrilling games so far.

With seven sides hitting four or more goals across 16 matches, there was plenty to enjoy — but who were the standout players from the latest round of European action?

We have picked our LiveScore Team of the Week, showcasing the best performers from the continent’s premier tournament.

Goalkeeper: Alisson (Liverpool)

Liverpool’s No1 was back between the sticks after missing Saturday’s 5-0 demolition of Watford — and the Reds needed their first-choice goalkeeper to be at his best against Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian stopper made three crucial saves as Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a dramatic 3-2 win in the Spanish capital, gaining revenge for their last-16 exit at the hands of Los Rojiblancos two seasons ago.

Right-back: Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Club Brugge were unable to cope with Manchester City’s flying full-backs on Tuesday evening as Pep Guardiola’s outfit ran riot in Belgium.

Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker got on the scoresheet in the 5-1 triumph, with the England international finishing off a sumptuous Citizens’ passing move for the third goal.

Kyle Walker was a dominant presence on the right flank during Manchester City's comprehensive win in Brugge
Kyle Walker was a dominant presence on the right flank during Manchester City’s comprehensive win in Brugge

Centre-back: Merih Demiral (Atalanta)

So close but yet so far — Atalanta were on the verge of victory before Manchester United launched a stunning second-half comeback at Old Trafford.

Merih Demiral demonstrated his set-piece prowess as La Dea raced into an early lead — the Juventus loanee rising high to power home a header and double the Italians’ advantage.

Centre-back: Sebastian Coates (Sporting)

Goalscoring centre-backs were the order of the day this week — and Sebastian Coates’ double for Sporting secured the Lisbon side’s first group-stage win.

The former Liverpool man scored two almost identical goals in the 4-1 romp at Besiktas, nodding in flick-ons from corners on both occasions.

Left-back: Daley Blind (Ajax)

Results do not come much better than Ajax’s 4-0 annihilation of Borussia Dortmund — and Daley Blind bagged a goal befitting the occasion.

De Godenzonen were already 1-0 up when the ball fell to the ex-Manchester United star on the edge of the box, before he powered a pinpoint drive against the left post and into the back of the net.

Defensive midfield: Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta)

Teun Koopmeiners’ accurate first-half corner assisted Demiral’s goal against the Red Devils, but there was plenty more to like about the Dutchman’s performance on Wednesday.

Two chances created, three shots and seven possession regains reflect a player who was at the heart of Atalanta’s positive performance in Manchester.

Centre midfield: Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

 

Ryan Gravenberch patrolled the left side of midfield with aplomb against Borussia Dortmund
Ryan Gravenberch patrolled the left side of midfield with aplomb against Borussia Dortmund

Ajax pressed Dortmund into submission at the Johan Cruyff Arena and prodigious midfielder Ryan Gravenberch was central to their efforts.

No player won the ball back more times in the final third for the Dutch giants (3), as the 19-year-old put in yet another eye-catching display in Europe.

Centre midfield: Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Age is no barrier to Luka Modric’s continued excellence — and his creative instincts were on show once again in Ukraine.

The Croatian icon, 36, slipped in a sensational through-ball for Vinicius Junior’s first of the night, as five-star Real Madrid took Shakhtar Donetsk apart.

Right wing: Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)

Leroy Sane has not always been at his best since joining Bayern Munich, but he put in a performance to remember in Die Roten’s 4-0 thumping of Benfica.

FCB’s one-time Manchester City star bookended a late 14-minute goal blitz — letting fly with a free-kick and firing Josip Stanisic’s cross into the net, while also assisting Robert Lewandowski’s third for good measure.

Left wing: Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

 

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior is developing a clinical edge to his game, as he demonstrated against Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is developing a clinical edge to his game, as he demonstrated against Shakhtar Donetsk

The goal of Matchday 3 came in Kyiv, where Vinicius Junior scored his second of the evening in scintillating fashion.

The 21-year-old weaved through Shakhtar’s defence before lifting the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle on the left — a masterpiece from the Brazilian starlet.

Striker: Noah Okafor (FC Salzburg)

FC Salzburg climbed to the top of Group G with victory over Wolfsburg and Noah Okafor’s poacher’s instinct played no small part in their second win of the campaign.

The Swiss forward popped up at the near post to score his side’s second, before making sure of the points with another close-range effort 13 minutes from time.

 

Source: Livescore

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