Pitchside Europe

Team of the week: Mkhitaryan catches Europe’s eye

Pitchside

View photo

.

Henrik Mkhitaryan of Shakhtar reacts after scoring against FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League (AFP)

Henrik Mkhitaryan caught the eye after a brilliant performance in Shakhtar Donetsk's debut in this season's Champions League and the Armenia international midfielder headlines our Team of the Week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings.

Formation: 4-1-3-2

GK: Mario Felgueiras (CFR Cluj) - Expert 8, Users 8.6 - The Portuguese shot-stopper made a couple of key close-range saves on his return to his homeland in the Romanian side's win at Braga.

RB: Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke) - Expert 7, Users 8.4 - The German side's captain led by example, heading the opener against Olympiacos and standing firm at the back throughout.

CB: Dany Nounkeu (Galatasaray) - Expert 9, Users 5.1 - Relegated Robin van Persie to 'bit-part' status at Old Trafford and made up for the mistakes of others, even though his side failed to take a point in Manchester.

CB: Martin Demichelis (Malaga) - Expert 8, Users 7.2 - The Argentine was a rock at the heart of the Malaga defence and kept Hulk quiet as the Champions League debutantes registered a shock win over Zenit.

LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid) - Expert 8, Users 7.1 - As usual, the Brazilian was a threat coming forward against Manchester City and he got on the scoresheet in Madrid's thrilling victory at the Bernabeu.

CM: Aleksandr Volodko (BATE Borisov) - Expert 8, Users 8.5 - It was his great strike that set the visitors to Lille on their way to a first Champions League group stage win and he was industrious and clever throughout.

AMR: Jefferson Farfan (Schalke) - Expert 8, Users 8.1 - In what at times was a subdued match in Athens, particularly in the first half, the Peruvian offered creativity and ran the opposition defence ragged.

ACM - Henrik Mkhitaryan (Shakhtar Donetsk) - Expert 9, Users 9.2 - A two-goal, match-winning salvo from Shakhtar's Armenian midfielder in an outstanding performance against Nordsaelland.

AML - Oscar (Chelsea) - Expert 8, Users 7.6 - Just 21 years of age, the Brazilian marked his first start for Chelsea with two goals. Though his all-round game wasn't spectacular, he won the game and the memory of that spin and finish will linger for some time.

FW: Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk) - Expert 9, Users 7.2 - The Brazilian was a livewire and involved in every good move against Nordsaelland - including crossing for Mkhitaryan's first goal.

FW: Rafael Bastos (CFR Cluj) - Expert 9, Users 8.3 - The difference between Cluj and Braga: full of running and took both chances that came along with consummate ease.

View comments (24)
Write for Yahoo Sport