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European Team of the Week: Costa-effective

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Red-hot Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa leads the line in our European Team of the Week.

The Brazilian took his La Liga goal tally to 10 this season despite missing a penalty as Atletico Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of the table with a workmanlike 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.

He is joined up front by fellow Liga star, Alexis Sanchez, who also netted twice, and assisted another, in Barcelona's 4-1 win over Valladolid.

His team-mate Xavi pulls the strings in midfield alongside another double goalscorer in the shape of Montpellier's Remy Cabella.

Assist machines James Rodriguez (Monaco) and Dmitri Torbinski (Rubin Kazan) man the flanks and the defence is anchored by unheralded Aston Villa and Irish centre-back Ciaran Clark.

In between the sticks is Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Marc-André ter Stegen who made eight saves and kept a clean sheet in their surprise win over Borussia Dortmund.

For Opta's full reasons for each player's inclusion, check out our table below the team graphic.

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