European Team of the Week: Mario Goetze Makes His Mark with Bayern Munich

WhoScored@@WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

Hamburg's Heiko Westermann, right, reacts as Bayern's Mario Goetze, left passes the goal to celebrate scoring his side's first goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and FC Bayern Munich in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Mario Goetze is’s European player of the week after his integral role in Bayern Munich's 4-1 win over Hamburg.

Recovering from their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, Bayern were keen to bounce back and did so in impressive fashion.

And Goetze was firing on all cylinders in the encounter, netting twice and providing an assist to cap off a 10-out-of-10 performance.

Compatriot Leon Goretzka takes his place on the opposite flank having attained a rating of 9.8 in Schalke’s 2-0 win over Freiburg.

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While the youngster failed to score in the encounter, Goretzka was a continuous attacking threat on the right wing, executing four key passes and completing nine dribbles, with the majority of Schalke’s attacks (38 percent) coming down his side of the pitch.

Catania duo Mariano Izco and Pablo Barrientos complete the midfield following their respective displays in the shock 4-1 win over Roma.

The pairing netted three goals between them, with Izco providing the assist for Barrientos’ strike with 10 minutes remaining.

Both players also performed their defensive duties with aplomb, making a combined nine tackles and five interceptions in a victory that not only boosted their survival hopes but also handed Juventus the Serie A title.

Andreas Weimann played a pivotal role in Aston Villa’s 3-1 win over Hull, which secured their Premier League status for another season and was a welcome reprieve for a side that scored a combined three goals in their previous five league matches prior to Saturday’s victory.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Andreas  Weimann (R) of Aston Villa celebrates his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Hull City at Villa Park on May 3, 2014 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Im
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Weimann netted two goals in four first-half minutes to secure maximum points and was a constant menace in the Villa attack, firing away a total of five shots, playing three key passes and completing two dribbles.

Andre-Pierre Gignac partners the Austrian in attack having put the Lyon backline to the sword with a second-half brace.

Following the news that Marcelo Bielsa would come in as head coach at the end of the campaign, the Marseille frontman led the attack in impressive fashion, with two of his four shots on target finding a way past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Gignac also won three aerial duels and completed three dribbles in the victory. 

At right-back, Mathieu Debuchy performed admirably as Newcastle secured their first win in seven Premier League games at the expense of Cardiff.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle United is tackled by Peter Whittingham of Cardiff City during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St James' Park on May 3, 2014 in Newcastle up
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While the Magpies appear to be lumbering toward the end of the campaign, Debuchy was on hand to showcase his defensive ability with six tackles, one interception and seven clearances, not to mention a last-man tackle in a clean sheet display for the Frenchman.

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Gabriel Silva joins Debuchy in the XI on the opposite side of defence following his goal and assist in Udinese’s 5-3 win over Livorno at the weekend.

Silva scored from his only shot on goal, while his assist came from his only key pass in the win. The Brazilian also won five aerial duels and made three tackles and six interceptions to land a rating of 9.3.

Having netted just one goal in his previous 43 appearances in all competitions this season, Sergio Ramos has now scored four in his last three, although he was unable to help Real Madrid to victory over Valencia.

Nevertheless, Ramos turned in a commendable display in the stalemate as his rating (8.7) suggests. The centre-back won an impressive 13 aerial duels and was on hand to make four tackles, one interception and four clearances in the draw.

Youngster Niklas Sule partners Ramos at centre-back. While Hoffenheim succumbed to a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, Sule exhibited his defensive qualities in the heart of the backline, making five tackles, four interceptions and four clearances, while he was also able to win seven aerial duels over the 90 minutes.

Ron-Robert Zieler completes the European Team of the Week having picked up a clean sheet for Hannover at the weekend.

Zieler saved all eight of Nurnberg’s shots on target to help ensure his side’s 2-0 away win, while his one claimed cross and four punches clear contributed to a rating of a rating of 9.2.

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