With the FA Cup semi-finals and Copa del Rey final taking place, there was limited action in Spain and England, but a top-of-the-table clash in Italy and a number of five-star displays in France provided plenty of league excitement.
Here we pick out our European Team of the Week…
GK: Christian Puggioni – Benevento
While Benevento’s relegation from Serie A may have been confirmed this weekend, they picked up their best result of the season, beating AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro on Saturday. Goalkeeper Puggioni played a crucial role in the victory, making six saves in total to keep out Gennaro Gattuso’s side, including a fine stop with his legs to deny Patrick Cutrone with just under 20 minutes remaining.
RB: Bouna Sarr – Marseille
Defensively the 26-year-old was excellent, making four tackles to halt Lille, but it was his play going forward that stood out in Marseille’s 5-1 win. The Frenchman completed seven dribbles and one key pass, while setting up his side’s opening goal with a terrific cross. Sarr had more touches than any of his teammates, and completed 92 per cent of his passes, highlighting his contribution in another convincing win for Marseille.
CB: Stefan de Vrij – Lazio
The defender looks likely to leave Lazio this summer, and he’ll have done himself no harm here. With seven clearances, two tackles and three aerial duels won, it was an excellent defensive display from De Vrij in Lazio’s 4-0 success against Sampdoria. The 26-year-old even got himself on the scoresheet, heading home Felipe Anderson’s corner to double his side’s advantage shortly before half time.
CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli
When Napoli needed a hero against Juventus to keep their Serie A title hopes alive, Koulibaly stepped forward. The defender was calm and composed in defence on such an important night for his side, making one interception, two clearances and winning three aerial duels, before popping up with the vital winning goal in the final minute of normal time. The defender’s header from Jose Callejon’s corner was simply unstoppable.
LB: Juan Bernat – Bayern Munich
The left-back was making only his 11th appearance of the season against Hannover, but provided an important contribution as Bayern Munich sealed a 3-0 victory. The 25-year-old was picked out with a lovely pass from James Rodriguez, before volleying the ball across the box, picking out Thomas Muller to open the scoring. Defensively, Bernat made three interceptions and blocked one shot as Bayern kept a clean sheet away from home.
CM: Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal
On an afternoon that was all about Arsene Wenger, Aaron Ramsey made his presence felt with an excellent display in midfield. The Welshman kept Arsenal ticking going forward, before his teasing cross was missed by everyone and found the bottom corner to make it 2-1 against West Ham. Ramsey then turned provider to help Alexandre Lacazette complete the victory with an excellent bit of footwork and composure inside the penalty area.
CM: Sergej Milinkovic–Savic – Lazio
The rumours linking the Serbian with Manchester United and a host of other clubs will only grow stronger after another fine display. The midfielder opened the scoring against Sampdoria with a diving header from 12 yards, before providing a perfect ball across the box for Ciro Immobile to make it 3-0 five minutes from time. The 23-year-old also contributed defensively, making three interceptions and two clearances in a superb all-round performance.
RW: Florian Thauvin – Marseille
Another stunning performance from the former Newcastle United man, who is doing everything he can to earn a place in France’s squad for this summer’s World Cup with a string of fine displays. After opening the scoring with a neat header at the front post, Thauvin converted a second from the penalty spot. The 25-year-old made three key passes and completed three dribbles in his side’s 5-1 success against Lille.
CAM: Nabil Fekir – Lyon
Another star who will be desperate to be named in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, Fekir was superb for Lyon in their 5-2 win against Dijon. The 24-year-old made two key passes, completed five dribbles and netted his side’s decisive third goal before making way in the 72nd minute. The midfielder’s goal was beautifully taken, beating three Dijon defenders before lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.
LW: Jadon Sancho – Dortmund
A stunning performance from the 18-year-old. A superbly-taken finish set Dortmund on their way with just 13 minutes gone, as the former Manchester City man calmly curled the ball inside the far corner. The touch, composure and awareness for his first assist of the afternoon was superb, while his cross for Dortmund’s fourth was inch-perfect. The Englishman made seven key passes and completed three dribbles in a terrific all-round display.
ST: Mark Uth – Hoffenheim
An excellent centre forward performance in a vital game for Hoffenheim against RB Leipzig. Uth was in the right place at the right time to tap home and open the scoring, before providing a lovely cross for Pavel Kaderabek to make it 3-0 just before half time. The German grabbed his second of the game with a close-range header early in the second half, as he took his tally for the season to 14.
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