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Europa League team of the week: £ 100 million goal Liverpool, 3-star Man United and Ryan Kent

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Excluding the postponed RB Salzburg game against Eintracht Frankfurt, all ties in this Europa League group are now decided.

The British clubs had a mixed week in the competition: Wolves, Manchester United and Rangers all moved on to the next round, but Celtic and Arsenal found themselves on the wrong side of 3-1 and 2-1 scorers in their second game, which led them saw crashing out of the tournament.

Through all the bonds, there have been many performances that have attracted attention.

Here is the team of the week of the Europa League of Football FanCast.

Goalkeeper: Bono

Bono – no, not that – came to the aid of Sevilla and time against CFR Cluj.

He made seven saves while the Spanish team knocked out their Romanian counterparts in a goalless encounter, which saw them move on to the next round after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. If the five winners want to win the trophy once again, they can’t rely on the man among the sticks to get them out of trouble like he did here.

Right back: Matt Doherty

The wolves may have lost 3-2 against Espanyol, but Doherty may be more than happy with his display. Not only did he score, but he also got two key passes, also winning 10 of his 17 duels. After the 4-0 victory in the home game, the work of the Molineux group was almost complete, giving Nuno Espirito Santo the opportunity to give some of his marginal players a chance to impress. Without a doubt, he will be disappointed by some of those who have failed to make the most of their opportunities.

Central defender: Harry Maguire

It was some fantastic games for the Manchester United captain. The Red Devils have kept the sheets clean in three of his last four starts, and played an important role in every defensive display. In Old Trafford’s 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge, it was no different.

England made two tackles, won six of eight duels and had 91% passing accuracy as they led their team to a convincing win.

Central defender: Martin Skrtel

Istanbul Basaksehir has become a sort of hub for former Premier League stars – no less than five protagonists in the return leg against Sporting Lisbon. The veterans finished the job, defeating Sporting Lisbon 4-1, and former Liverpool player Martin Skrtel sported a dominant position. The Slovak international scored his team’s first goal, also winning two tackles and prevailing in eight of 11 duels.

Left back: Luke Shaw

England’s international Shaw has looked rejuvenated in the past few weeks and has once again been impressive against the Belgian outfit. He made three interceptions, three tackles, won five out of seven land duels and also contributed offensively with two key passes. With Euro 2020 just around the corner, Gareth Southgate will keep an eye on his players up and down the country – the ex-Southampton man will have done no harm to this display.

Central Midfield: Fred

There was a time when Fred was a pariah in Old Trafford. This season, however, he started to demonstrate why it cost the Red Devils £ 52 million in 2018, and he was in top form against Club Brugge again. He bagged a guardian, provided help, and even got 91% of his passing attempts. He has become one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most prominent players, appearing in each of his last six games in which the 20-time English champions have not lost.

Central Midfield: Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Gent dominated Roma in the return match of the 32-game group – he had 23 shots on 10 – but the possible 1-1 draw was not enough to see them progress. Their failure was not the fault of Odjidja-Ofoe. The 31-year-old staged a captain’s performance, leading his team forward on every occasion: he managed seven shots, two key passes and four dribbles, also winning nine of 13 duels. Unfortunately, beating the Serie A team was not enough

Central Midfield: Kai Havertz

Havertz, 20, is one of the continent’s hottest properties right now – Liverpool are among the clubs that have been linked to his services – and he has shown exactly why against Porto.

Since Die Werkself won 3-1 in Portugal, the German international scored one and provided two assists, also completing 92% of his passes. A £ 100 million price tag may be tempting for some, but based on this performance it is easy to see why it is valued so much.

Right wing: Edin Visca

After losing 3-1 in Lisbon, Basaksehir had everything to do on Thursday. Fortunately, Edin Visca came to their rescue. The Bosnian international has scored twice for his team, also contributing two key passes and winning five from eight land duels. It could be a monumental season for the Turkish side: they are now in the next round of this European competition and are also leading the Super Lig nationally.

Left: Ryan Kent

The Rangers had a great test in their hands on their way to Braga for their return match – the Portuguese team had only lost one of their last 15 home games in all competitions before this game – but it was Steven’s team Gerrard to prevail.

They were the most threatening side, managing five shots on goal against the homeowner and they also got their fair rewards, with Kent marking the only goal of the game to temporarily silence his vehement critics.

The ex-Liverpool man was the best, also completing three dribbles and winning six out of nine duels.

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Forward: Jonathan Calleri

Espanyol’s second round against the Wolves may have been too late, but he was still one of the best on the Spanish side and Calleri was clearly the man in the game. The Argentine scored all three of his team’s goals in the 3-2 win, which came with just four shots. The 26-year-old, who had an unfortunate stint in West Ham a few years ago, now has five goals in all competitions in this campaign.

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