European Team of the Week: Lionel Messi, Ciro Immobile and Erling Haaland form deadly front line

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Bundesliga entertainers Borussia Dortmund scored five goals for a second game in a row, putting Union Berlin to the sword this time.

New striker Erling Haaland has kept up his phenomenal goal-scoring form, bagging a brace on Saturday while Ciro Immobile is showing no signs of slowing down at Lazio either.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi makes the grade as well despite failing to get on the score sheet.

Here, we pick out our latest European Team of the Week. Find out who made the cut:

GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

A top drawer performance from the skipper. His penalty save to deny Ilkay Gundogan was the highlight but he also got a crucial touch on Sergio Aguero’s effort earlier on to divert it onto the post. Dealt with some wicked balls into the box expertly.

CB: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)

Two superb headed goals from the German secured a hard-earned point against Leicester City. Apart from his goal-scoring exploits though, he did well to largely keep Jamie Vardy quiet by reading the game well and being strong in a tackle. He was also confident on the ball and carried it out of defence well.

CB: Yerry Mina (Everton)

Like Rudiger, Yerry Mina also impressed in the opposition’s box with two goals. Admittedly, he wasn’t quite so good at his end of the pitch but his quickfire brace at the end of the first half set up a dramatic winner from Theo Walcott to complete a comeback from 2-0 down against Watford.

CB: Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus)

Had a couple of nervy moments at the start but grew into the game against Fiorentina and capped it with a goal, making no mistake with a free header from a corner kick in Juventus’ 3-0 win. He was tidy with the ball at his feet as well, but should’ve been more commanding with his distribution.

RM: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Every time Dortmund came forward, Jadon Sancho seemed to lead the assault. Opened the scoring with a deflected effort and should’ve had a second but miscued his chip over the keeper. He also played Haaland clean through who won a penalty before setting up Axel Witsel as well.

CM: Robert Snodgrass (West Ham)

Robert Snodgrass may not find himself in this XI often and his performance deserved a win. The 32-year-old got the ball rolling with an excellent delivery for Issa Diop’s opener before two strikes of his own put the Hammers 3-1 up by the 57th minute, only to draw 3-3 come the final whistle.

CM: Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)

He seemed to line-up alongside Kylian Mbappe up front but should be comfortable in midfield for this XI. Sarabia was unlucky to have a goal ruled out for offside right at the start but only had to wait until the eighth minute to get on the score sheet, curling in a superb effort from outside the box. He then set up Angel Di Maria perfectly for the second in PSG’s 5-0 win over Montpellier.

LM: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

In two games for Liverpool in the past week Mohamed Salah managed three goals and an assist. A calm effort from the spot and delightful through ball for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set up a 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday before a brace on Saturday led the 4-0 demolition of Southampton at Anfield.

RF: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Ansu Fati grabbed headlines with a double but it was Lionel Messi who was unsurprisingly the undisputed man of the match. The Argentine set up the teenage talent for both goals and played seven key passes on the night. He pulled the strings for Barcelona’s attack throughout the game and was unlucky not to score himself with six of his 10 shots finding the target.

CF: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

What a signing he’s proving to be already. Haaland’s first showed off his goal-poaching pedigree with a tap in at the far post before exhibiting superb pace to win the penalty for Marco Reus to convert. The Norwegian striker then scored a second from a cutback to complete a 5-0 rout.

LF: Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Immobile’s stunning season continues as his brace against SPAL took him to 25 Serie A goals for the season, six more than Cristiano Ronaldo in second. An instinctive finish at the back post broke the deadlock before he bamboozled the keeper on the edge of the box and then lobbed in his finish from a tight angle. He selflessly set up Felipe Caicedo instead of firing for a hat-trick goal as well during a 5-1 victory.

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