Champions League - Team of the Week: Brilliant Benzema

Thu, 24 Nov 03:10:00 2011

Karim Benzema starred in the 6-2 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb and is one of four Real Madrid players in our Team of the Week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings.

2011-12 Champions League Higuain Benzema - 0

(Team formation: 4-1-3-2)

GK: Urko Pardo (APOEL Nicosia) - Expert 8, Users 7.2 - The APOEL goalkeeper distinguished himself again with an inspired display to ensure a clean sheet and his side's progression.

RB: Frantisek Rajtoral (Viktoria Plzen) - Expert 7, Users 7.8 -Solid at the back as the Czech minnows shut out BATE Borisov and moved into the driving seat to claim third place.

CB: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - Real's French defender barely put a foot wrong, although two goals shipped late on will play on his mind.

CB: Toby Alderweireld (Ajax) - Expert 7, Users 7.5 - The Ajax skipper and supposed Arsenal target was rock solid in defence all evening, most notably during a frantic final few minutes.

LB: Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid) - Expert 8, Users 7.7 - The Portuguese posed his usual threat going forward, while remaining astute at the back.

CM: Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen) - Expert 8, Users 8.8 - Daniel Sturridge was Chelsea's best player, but the best player on the pitch no longer plays for the Blues.

ARM: José Callejón (Real Madrid) - Expert 9, Users 7.7 - A breakout performance from the two-goal academy product, who was unlucky not to end up with the match ball.

ACM: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) - Expert 9, Users 7.8 - The young German is becoming a regular in this column and after another exceptional display in Bayern's midfield, he again deserves his place.

ALM: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - Expert 9, Users 8.3 - Notched a brace as Real ran riot against Dinamo and would have had a hat-trick had he not been foiled by the crossbar.

FW: Roberto Soldado (Valencia) - Expert 9, Users 7.9 - Scored a hat-trick in 26 minutes. What more do you need to know?

FW: Marco Streller (Basel) - Expert 8, Users 8.4 - The big striker set up one and scored one to keep Basel's qualification hopes alive.

Best of the rest:

Alex Song (Arsenal) - Expert 8, Users 7.8 - Imperious in midfield, the Cameroonian is in the form of his life.

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) - Expert 9, Users 8.1 - The Frenchman scored two fine goals as Bayern brushed aside Villarreal.

Eden Hazard (Lille) - Expert 8, Users 7.1 - Hazard demonstrated why he is so coveted by the top clubs in Europe with a masterful display in the final third of the field.

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) - Expert 8, Users 7.9 - The Dutchman was again the match-winner with a clinical brace.


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