European Team of the Week: Lewandowski Signs off in Style as Kovacic Stars

WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski of Poland lifts the goal-getter trophy after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and Borussia Dortmund in  in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Mateo Kovacic is’s European player of the week. The Croat was in inspiring form for Inter Milan as they secured a 4-1 win. The result guarantees a place in the Europa League for Inter next season in Javier Zanetti’s final home game for the side.

Kovacic executed five key passes in the victory and registered three assists, becoming the first player to achieve the feat in a single Serie A game this season.

Kevin De Bruyne partners Kovacic in midfield on the back of his impressive display in Wolfsburg’s 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. The young Belgian netted the opener on the half-hour mark and was a constant menace to the opposition defence, having played six key passes and completed a noteworthy eight dribbles.

Wolfsburg team-mate Ivan Perisic features on the left wing, having also scored in the victory against Gladbach. Perisic could easily have bagged a hat-trick after twice striking the woodwork and was a regular outlet for the team when the ball was pumped upfield, winning seven aerial duels.

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On the opposite wing, Domenico Berardi enjoyed a memorable week as Sassuolo secured their top-flight status. Berardi, on loan from Juventus, has won his fair share of the plaudits this term and he once again proved his worth in wins over Fiorentina and Genoa. The teenager directly contributed to six of Sassuolo's eight goals in their last two fixtures (three goals, three assists) and executed a combined five key passes over 180 minutes of action.

Playing his final Bundesliga game for Borussia Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski showed exactly what BvB will miss, bagging a brace from just three shots in Dortmund's 4-0 win over Hertha Berlin. The Pole also played two key passes and completed three dribbles to cap off a fine performance in attack.

Rodrigo Palacio partners Lewandowski up front on the back of his two-goal salvo for Inter. The experienced frontman is staking a claim to a starting spot in Argentina’s attack at the World Cup this summer. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella would have been buoyed by his ruthlessness in front of goal, as Palacio needed just three shots to net his brace.

Pablo Zabaleta has been a consistent performer in the Manchester City defence this season and he again impressed as the Citizens landed their second Premier League title in three years. With 47 percent of City’s attacks coming down the right, Zabaleta was a constant threat to the West Ham defence. He played four key passes, completed 94 percent of his passes and picked out a team-mate with all three of his attempted crosses.

Ricardo Rodriguez is included on the left flank after yet another fine display for Wolfsburg. The Swiss, expected to enjoy a fine World Cup in Brazil, showcased his talents at the weekend, registering a late assist and playing four key passes in the win over Gladbach. The youngster was also on hand to make three tackles and two clearances.


Robin Knoche features at centre-back after impressing in Wolfsburg’s win. Knoche provided the assist for De Bruyne’s opener, before netting late on. The centre-back also exhibited his defensive ability, making four tackles and one interception.

Schalke’s Joel Matip partners Knoche at centre-back after playing a starring role in their win over Nurnberg. The defender netted after just six minutes and helped to secure the victory for his side, having made nine tackles, one interception and two clearances.

Samir Handanovic completes the XI this week in the goalkeeper position as a result of his performance against Lazio. The Slovenian performed admirably to ensure Inter secured European football next season with eight saves, two cross-claims and one punch clear to land a rating of 8.6.

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