European Team of the Week: Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lead the Line

WhoScored@@WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's sixth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on August 30, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Diego Costa is’s European player of the week. The Brazil-born Spain international was at his goalscoring best when Chelsea travelled to Everton at the weekend in the pulsating 6-3 victory over the Toffees.

Costa opened the scoring after just 30 seconds and added his second and Chelsea’s sixth late on.

The 25-year-old has hit the ground running following his summer switch from Atletico Madrid and has netted four goals this term from just six shots on target.

Against Everton, Costa played two key passes and defended impressively from the front, making four tackles and two interceptions to cap off a 10-out-of-10 performance at Goodison Park.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic partners the feisty striker up front after his commanding display in PSG’s 5-0 thumping of Saint-Etienne.

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The game will largely be remembered for Stephane Ruffier’s comedy own goal, but Ibrahimovic was on hand to put the Saint-Etienne back line to the sword, netting a hat-trick from just four shots on target to send the Parisian side into the international break on a high.

Radja Nainggolan was the highest-rated midfielder from Europe’s top-five leagues this week on the back of an impressive display for Roma in their 2-0 win over Fiorentina.

The Belgian, who was cruelly overlooked by Marc Wilmots for the 2014 World Cup, was far and away the Giallorossi’s best player on Saturday evening and deserved his rating of 9.63 in a match where Nainggolan opened the scoring, registered an assist for Gervinho late on, played five key passes and made four tackles.

Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin partners the Belgian in midfield this week having all but dragged Saints to victory at West Ham on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton celebrates scoring his opening goal with Maya Yoshida of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at Boleyn Ground on August 30, 2014 in Lo
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After going 1-0 down at Upton Park, Schneiderlin netted on the stroke of half-time before adding his and the Saints’ second midway through the second half.

Defensively, the France international performed admirably, making seven tackles as the south-coast side secured their first Premier League win under Ronald Koeman.

Despite regularly featuring as a sub for Athletic last season, Ibai Gomez started the 3-0 win over Levante at the weekend and did enough to warrant a place in Ernesto Valverde’s first XI.

Gomez registered two assists in the victory from only three key passes, and, with three of his five attempted crosses finding a team-mate, the midfielder picked up the man-of-the-match award.

On the opposite flank, Fabian Orellana completes the midfield following a commendable display for Celta Vigo on Saturday.

CORDOBA, SPAIN - AUGUST 30:  Fabian Ariel Orellana of RC Celta de Vigo beats Daniel Pinillos Gonzalez and Aleksandar Pantic of Cordoba CF during the La liga match between Cordoba CF and RC Celta de Vigo at El Arcangel studium on August 30, 2014 in Cordoba
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While the team were held to a 1-1 draw with Cordoba, Orellana made it two goals from two appearances this season and was an attacking threat throughout the encounter, playing three key passes and completing a stunning eight successful dribbles in the 90 minutes.

Papy Djilobodji features at centre-back following Nantes’ 1-0 win over Montpellier. The 25-year-old won nine aerial duels, made three tackles, three interceptions and 12 clearances in a clean-sheet-attaining performance.

He is partnered by young Athletic defender Aymeric Laporte, who put in a fine performance against Levante. The Frenchman made five tackles, seven interceptions and five clearances, including a last-man tackle to help Athletic to a clean sheet and three points.

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - AUGUST 29:  Andre-Pierre Gignac of Marseille and Jordan Amavi of Nice during the French Ligue 1 match between Olympique de Marseille and OGC Nice at Stade Velodrome on August 29, 2014 in Marseille, France.  (Photo by Kaz Photography/Ge
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Jordan Amavi features at left-back, despite Nice’s 4-0 defeat at Marseille. The Frenchman was the only Nice player who could leave the pitch with his head held high in a game where the 20-year-old completed two dribbles and played one key pass.

With 38 percent of Nice’s attacks coming down the left flank, Amavi was their main offensive outlet, but was able to make a clearance off the line to save Les Aiglons from further embarrassment and made a remarkable 11 interceptions in an otherwise forgettable Ligue 1 encounter for the visitors.

Mariano completes the defence after his performance for high-flying Bordeaux in their 1-1 draw with Bastia.

Willy Sagnol has made a great start as Les Girondins manager and Mariano was key to Bordeaux maintaining their unbeaten start to the campaign, providing the assist for Diego Rolan’s equaliser.

With 38 percent of Bordeaux’s attacks coming down the right, the 28-year-old was an effective offensive outlet from deep, playing four key passes and completing three successful dribbles.

Samir Handanovic features in goal as a result of his display for Inter in their opening 0-0 draw with Torino.

The Slovenian denied Marcelo Larrondo in the 20th minute from the spot, as Walter Mazzarri’s side secured a point on the opening day of the Serie A season.

Over the 90 minutes, Handanovic made two saves, successfully claimed four crosses and punched the ball away from danger once to land a rating of 8.27.


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