European Team of the Week | 24-26 February

A joint-record-setting night for star Paris Saint-Germain duo Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi leads the charge in the latest installment of 101 Great Goals’ European Team of the Week

GK: Oliver Baumann (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

Hoffenheim may have been unable to avoid defeat against Bundesliga title chasers Borussia Dortmund, but veteran shot-stopper Oliver Baumann was sublime against Die Schwardgelben in the 1-0 loss, making 11 saves during a man of the match performance in Sinsheim.

RB: Junior Messias (AC Milan)

AC Milan right-back Junior Messias features for the second week in succession for the Italian giants after their critical 2-0 win against Atalanta at the San Siro, adding another goal to his CV this season just as he did last week while being influential on both sides of the ball.

CB: Rodrigo Ely (UD Almería)

A gargantuan three-point haul was on offer for Spanish outfit Almería in front of home support as the coastal Andalusian side fought to a massive 1-0 win at Power Horse Stadium against table-topping Barcelona, with center-back Rodrigo Ely vital to their efforts against the possible champions.

CB: Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims)

Will Still’s Reims continue to turn heads this season in the top flight of French football while keeping their recent undefeated run alive and well in the wake of a 3-0 home win over visiting Toulouse, with Yunis Adbelhamid getting on the scoresheet while being key at the back once more.

LB: Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain)

A last-man tackle was just one of the highlight moments from young Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes at the weekend as his profile continues to grow in Paris, with another inspired display on both sides of the ball which has left many to consider him one of the top full-back’s in Europe.

CM: Lassana Coulibaly (Salernitana)

Malian international midfielder Lassana Coulibaly was instrumental in the center of the park for Italian minnows Salernitana at the weekend during a key 3-0 home win over Monza that gifted the club a bit of breathing room and extended the gap to the relegation zone to seven points, adding a goal to a very good overall display.

CM: Gabri Veiga (Celta Vigo)

Galician outfit Celta Vigo posted their second big win in just a handful of weeks as the historic port city club looks to climb into the top half of the table and can thank 20-year-old midfielder Gabri Veiga for a top-class performance against Real Valladolid, with a brace during a 3-0 home win.

CAM: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi continues to shine at the age of 35 this season during a sophomore campaign in Paris that has largely seen him back at his best in a budding relationship with Kylian Mbappé, with Messi bagging two assists while also adding his 700th career club goal in the process.

RW: Junya Ito (Stade de Reims)

Summer signing Junya Ito has been key in Reims’ efforts all season long and that reality was highlighted perfectly at the weekend with the veteran Japanese international winger boasting a 100% goal involvement against Toulouse with a goal and a brace of assists to his name in one of the best performances seen anywhere in France this season.

LW: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)

German giants Bayern Munich gave darkhorse title chasers Union Berlin a valuable lesson at the top of the table during their superb performance in a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena, with Kingsley Coman leading from the front down the wing with a goal and an assist to see the Bavarian’s pull ahead of the capital side.

CF: Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain)

Another day another feather in the cap of 24-year-old French international sensation Kylian Mbappé after the Paris-born superstar bagged a brace and added an assist in a vital win against title rivals Olympique de Marseille to become the joint-top scorer in PSG history, drawing level with Edinson Cavani.

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Andrew Thompson

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