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European Team of the Week: Marco Russ Leads Way as Vela Makes Mark for Moyes

WhoScored@@WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2014

Frankfurt's Johannes Flum, background celebrates his side's opening goal with teammate Marco Russ during a German soccer Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburger SV in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Marco Russ is WhoScored.com’s European player of the week. The centre-back was imperious for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, earning a rating of 9.88.

The 29-year-old registered the assist for Alexander Meier’s opener in the victory and ensured Eintracht came away with a clean sheet and all three points.

Russ won an impressive 16 aerial duels against Dortmund and excelled at the back, making two tackles, six interceptions and 11 clearances.

Steven Caulker partners the German in the team of the week. QPR need to turn Loftus Road into a fortress this season to guarantee their Premier League safety and the 3-2 win over Leicester was just the result they needed.

The young England international won nine aerial duels to help repel the Leicester attack and made three tackles, two interceptions and 19 clearances as the Hoops secured all three points on Saturday.

Calum Chambers features at right-back following an efficient performance in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at West Brom in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Calum Chambers of Arsenal and Chris Brunt of West Brom chase the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on November 29, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.
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After questionable displays against Swansea City and Manchester United, Chambers looked back to his best at The Hawthorns.

The majority of West Brom’s attacks came down their left side (39 percent), but Chambers was able to effectively thwart the Baggies’ offensive threat, making six interceptions and 14 clearances.

At left-back, Jin-Su Kim completes the back four. The young South Korean was making only his second league start of the season for Hoffenheim at the weekend and performed well in the 4-3 win over Hannover 96.

Kim provided the assist for Kevin Volland’s first-half goal, but it was his defensive work which stood out for the hosts. The 20-year-old made a notable six tackles, eight interceptions and four clearances in the encounter.

Xabi Irureta features behind the defence this week having starred in Eibar’s surprise 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.

The experienced goalkeeper made an impressive nine saves in the win and claimed three crosses to help Eibar to their third away victory in La Liga this season.

Schalke 04 duo Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Eric Choupo-Moting lead the attack in the team of the week.

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Huntelaar directly contributed to all four goals in the 4-1 win over Mainz, netting a hat-trick and providing the assist for Tranquillo Barnetta’s second-half goal.

Choupo-Moting helped himself to two assists in the encounter from four key passes. The Cameroon international was at his offensive best in Schalke’s comprehensive victory, completing 13 successful dribbles, more than any other player has completed in a single Bundesliga match this season.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin played a hugely influential role in Marseille’s 2-0 win over Nantes on Friday and stars on the left wing this week.

The Frenchman broke the deadlock midway through the first half, before turning provider for Rod Fanni prior to half-time.

Thauvin played three key passes and completed six successful dribbles in the victory as Marseille held on to top spot in Ligue 1.

On the opposite flank, Carlos Vela stars after his hat-trick in Real Sociedad’s comfortable 3-0 win over Elche.

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 28:  Carlos Vela Garrido of Real Sociedad competes for the ball with Victor Rodriguez of Elche FC during the La Liga match between Real Socided and Elche FC at Estadio Anoeta on November 28, 2014 in San Sebastian, Spain.  (
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La Real have impressed since David Moyes took over the reins, though it was Vela who stole the plaudits in Friday’s victory, with all five of his shots on goal hitting the target.

Pirmin Schwegler performed admirably for Hoffenheim on Saturday and it’s little shock to see him come into the team in the middle of the park.

The 27-year-old opened the scoring at the Rhein-Neckar Arena, before assisting Niklas Sule’s eventual winner in the entertaining 4-3 win over Hannover.

The Swiss played a notable two key passes and completed three successful dribbles at the weekend, while the defensive side of his game also stood out.

Schwegler made five tackles, five interceptions and two clearances as Markus Gisdol’s side came away with an important three points.

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Miralem Pjanic completes our European team of the week after bagging a brace in Roma’s 4-2 win over Inter to keep within touching distance of league leaders Juventus.

Both of Pjanic’s shots on target hit the back of the net, while the creator played three key passes and found a team-mate with 95.4 percent of his 65 attempted passes in the win at the Olimpico.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

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