European Team of the Week: Jason Puncheon Is Palace King as Tottenham Double Up

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CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 05:  Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Crystal Palace at Cardiff City Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Jason Puncheon is’s European player of the week. The winger was on hand to net a brace in Crystal Palace’s 3-0 thumping of relegation rivals Cardiff City, earning a 10-out-of-10 as a result.

Marseille’s Andre Ayew features on the opposite flank on the back of his man-of-the-match display against Ajaccio. The 24-year-old put Ligue 1’s bottom side to the sword with a hat-trick in the 3-1 win to further compound Ajaccio’s misery and hand Marseille their first league victory in six games.

Ignacio Camacho again impressed in the heart of the Malaga midfield, helping himself to a brace in their 4-1 win over Granada. The Spaniard now has four goals in his last three La Liga appearances, while the four tackles and four interceptions he made also helped to ensure Los Boquerones secured all three points.

Christian Eriksen partners Camacho in the heart of midfield due to his display in Spurs’ 5-1 win over Sunderland. The Dane put in a creative performance of the highest order in the victory against the Black Cats, registering two assists and helping himself to a goal to keep Spurs’ slim hopes of a top-four finish alive.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on April 7, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo
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Eriksen executed seven key passes in the rout, while no player has created as many clear-cut goalscoring opportunities as the midfielder did against Sunderland (three) in a Premier League match this season.

Spurs team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor also features in the attack having received’s man-of-the-match award on Monday. The Togolese has been a revelation under Tim Sherwood and was on hand to net the first-half equaliser, before grabbing a second late on to take his league tally for the season to 10.

The 30-year-old put in the perfect striker performance, with Adebayor executing four key passes, winning one aerial duel, completing three dribbles and ending the victory with a 90 percent pass success having attempted 69 passes, more than any player.

Max Kruse partners Adebayor in attack after his notable performance in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2-0 win over Nurnberg. The German scored a late penalty to confirm all three points for his side and was a creative threat for Gladbach, playing an impressive five key passes in the victory.

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Kruse has now scored or assisted five league goals in his last five Bundesliga appearances, having previously gone nine games without a goal, suggesting he’s back to his best form.

Bundesliga counterpart Heiko Westermann is in at left-back as Hamburg secured a crucial three points at the expense of Bayer Leverkusen. Westermann bagged a late winner to lift Hamburg into the relegation play-off zone, in the process increasing the chances of them remaining in Germany’s top tier.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 25:  Anaitz Arbilla of Rayo Vallecano looks on during the La liga match between Sevilla FC and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 25, 2013 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Image
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Anaitz Arbilla features at right-back having helped Rayo Vallecano to a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Celta. Arbilla saw his defensive abilities tested over the duration of the encounter, with 40 percent of Celta’s offensive moves coming down their left side.

However, the Rayo full-back was able to repel the attacks, making six tackles, three interceptions and eight clearances as the hosts secured their fifth win in seven games.

Mathieu Bodmer netted early in Nice’s 1-1 draw with Saint Etienne, and the defender proved pivotal as his side came away from the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard with a point. He won five aerial duels, made three tackles, seven interceptions and 13 clearances, and was unfortunate not to be on the winning side in the Ligue 1 encounter.

Curtis Davies partners the Frenchman at centre-back after his display in Hull’s 1-0 win over Swansea. The Tigers captain continuously repelled the visiting attack in the victory, making two tackles, seven interceptions and 16 clearances to all but secure the Hull's top-flight safety.

Sven Ulreich completes the team of the week after the goalkeeper helped Stuttgart to a crucial three points in the race to stave off relegation. The shotstopper made eight saves to frustrate the Freiburg attack and was rewarded for his efforts with a rating of 8.8.

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