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European Team of the Week | Sept. 16-18

A record-breaking performance from Lionel Messi and a cadre of shock results highlights 101 Great Goals’ European Team of the Week for September 16-18.

In an action-packed weekend, Lionel Messi’s performance against Olympique Lyonnais in PSG’s 1-0 away win highlighted the action across the continent’s top league competitions after the Argentine legend became Europe’s all-time leading scorer from open play.

Elsewhere, Polish dup Rafal Gikiewicz and Robert Gumny played key roles in FC Augsburg’s shock 1-0 home win against visiting German juggernaut Bayern Munich at WWK Arena, while Monza’s Armando Izzo was at the center of attention when his side bested Juventus by the same 1-0 scoreline.

Udinese remained hot in Serie A, Barcelona birthed another fantastic academy product, and Real Madrid’s long-term holding midfield successor continues to perform.

Here now is 101 Great Goals’ European Team of the Week.

GK: Rafal Gikiewicz (FC Augsburg)

The 34-year-old Polish keeper put in a fantastic display that included six saves – one coming against Manuel Neuer in the last seconds of proceedings – that saw Augsburg perpetrate a shock 1-0 win against Bayern Munich.

RB: Robert Gumny (FC Augsburg)

The second of two Polish players that Augsburg can claim in the team this week, Gumny celebrated his recent international call-up for the UEFA Nations League with a brilliant outing against Bayern.

RCB: Jaka Bijol (Udinese Calcio)

LCB: Armando Izzo (Associazione Calcio Monza)

Though many will refer to the talking point that Izzo was the recipient of Ángel Di Maria’s elbow and subsequent red card, Izzo was a key defensive figure in Monza’s shock 1-0 win over visiting Juventus.

LB: Alejandro Balde (FC Barcelona)

Barcelona-born and La Masia bread, Balde is just eighteen but is already vying for a starting role under Xavi as a long-term replacement for Jordi Alba, and his two assists against Elche serve his efforts well.

CM: Sergej Milinković-Savić (Società Sportiva Lazio)

Despite another season of speculation involving the star Serbian midfielder, Milinković-Savić remains one of the key puzzle pieces in the Italian capital for Lazio, with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 thrashing of Cremonese that sees the club jump to fourth.

CM: Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid)

The former AS Monaco starlet has started life at Real Madrid incredibly well while helping the Spanish champions actively accept moving on from Casemiro this summer, with Tchouaméni’s defensive influence at the forefront in a Madrid derby win.

RW: Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Jonas Hofmann bagged a brace in Gladbach’s 3-0 win over an RB Leipzig outfit that read the riot act against Borussia Dortmund, with the two-goal performance pushing the club into the top six.

LW: Gerard Deulofeu (Udinese Calcio)

Once one of the most highly-touted graduates to come through the ranks at La Masia, Deulofeu may now have finally found his footing at Udinese after countless stints elsewhere, and his brace of assists helped Udine to their fifth win on the bounce.

CAM: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

Though PSG only defeated Olympique Lyonnais by a single goal, Lionel Messi put in a masterful display as influential as any other while his match winner now sees him as the top goalscorer – without penalties – in football history.

CF: Mame Baldé (Espérance Sportive Troyes AC)

Troyes forward Mame Baldé was at the center of it all as the champagne outfit climbed into midtable in Ligue 1 with a 100% goal contribution effort after his brace and an assist in their 3-1 win over Clermont Foot.


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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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