Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend Including Marco Reus vs. Bayern

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

Top 5 Players from Around the World This Weekend Including Marco Reus vs. Bayern

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    Martin Meissner

    It's that time of week again, where we take a look around the world game to see who the biggest performers were, put in the most impressive display or had a big impact in their team's game.

    We're all over Europe this time, featuring plenty of the biggest leagues but also delving into some of the less discussed top flights.

    Here are our five for the weekend—who else would you have included?

Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund

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    Frank Augstein

    Marco Reus played in a centre-forward role for Borussia Dortmund at Bayern Munich, as first played second in the Bundesliga.

    The German international was a key component in his side's unexpectedly comprehensive victory over the league champions, setting up the first goal and adding the second himself as BVB won 3-0.

    Reus hit both of his shots on target, created two chances, completed three dribbles and was generally a fantastic outlet for his side after high pressing and quick turnovers of possession.

Tiago Ilori, Granada

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    Daniel Tejedor

    Barcelona's front line is regarded as one of the finest attacks in world football, but they couldn't find a way past Tiago Ilori against Granada on Saturday.

    The on-loan centre-back was in superb, determined form, making a hefty 10 clearances and three interceptions to continually repel the best efforts of the league-title-chasing away side.

    Ilori also made countless blocks of attempted shots, distributed the ball well when he was able to, and kept the defensive line organised and disciplined in the face of the unrelenting pressure from Barcelona—who had 81 percent possession in the game—as Granada held on for a 1-0 win.

Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli

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    Salvatore Laporta

    Gonzalo Higuain led the line for Napoli in stunning fashion against Lazio in Serie A this weekend, hitting a hat-trick in his side's 4-2 win.

    The three points ensured his team stay on track for a top-three finish and a Champions League place, with Higuain netting the final three goals after Napoli had initially gone a goal down.

    The Argentine forward got six shots away during the game, hitting the target with five, as well as creating one chance for his team-mates. The biggest influence, of course, came from his three most telling finishes—a penalty, a goal midway through the second half and then a stoppage-time goal for his treble.

Darko Lazovic, Red Star Belgrade

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    Bob Edme

    Over to Serbia now, where Red Star Belgrade kept themselves three points clear at the top of the Super Liga thanks to a 4-1 win over third-place Cukaricki.

    The hero of the day was Darko Lazovic, Red Star's wide forward who netted a hat-trick to give his side an unassailable lead, thanks to an early opener and strikes just either side of the half-time break.

    The Serbian league has been dominated by Red Star's great rivals, Partizan, over the past half-dozen years, with Partizan winning it every season since 2006-07—Red Star's last title win. Lazovic's hat-trick keeps them firmly on course to finally end that run.

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool

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    We finish up in England, where a poignant day at Anfield was made all the more special by Liverpool defeating third-place Manchester City by a 3-2 scoreline to stay clear at the top of the Premier League table.

    Philippe Coutinho had already put in a superb performance, both offensively and defensively, before he struck the winning goal with just over 10 minutes of play remaining.

    The Brazilian's fifth league goal of the season won't win the league on its own, but it certainly puts the title charge firmly in Liverpool's own hands.