Two of Bayern Munich’s triumphant stars are also included alongside two-goal heroes Angel Di Maria and Ramires, as Goal picks the best XI from the second round of group games
The third hat-trick hero of this season’s Champions League leads a stellar line in Matchday Two’s Team of the Week, after an eventful two days of competition.
Fraser Forster earns the No.1 spot after a stunning performance against Barcelona, with his double save from Andres Iniesta the highlight of another impressive outing for the Englishman.
Marquinhos is one of those selected in a three-man defence just in front of the in-form goalkeeper, with the Brazilian youngster having capped a mature display with a goal as Paris Saint-Germain shut out Benfica. Nemanja Vidic may have been disappointed for his part in Shakhtar Donetsk’s equaliser against Manchester United, but a total of 20 clearances and an indomitable aerial display meant the Serb ensured his side a share of the spoils. Benedikt Howedes completes the triumvirate, after leading Schalke to three points in Basel with a commanding showing in Switzerland.
Philipp Lahm was the hub of Bayern Munich’s midfield dominance against Manchester City, so he earns his place in the anchor role. Alongside him, Ramires‘ two goals and bustling performance in Bucharest sees him make the cut, while Mesut Ozil‘s masterclass against Napoli makes him an obvious choice.
Franck Ribery set the Bayern steamroller in motion at the Etihad on Wednesday, and gave City a torrid time throughout the encounter to earn his spot. Angel Di Maria lines up on the other flank, with two goals and one outrageous assist in a 4-0 rout of Copenhagen that sent a stark warning to Gareth Bale that he is not about to give up his place in Real Madrid’s line-up without a fight.
Through the middle, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the focal point of all PSG’s lively attacking play against Benfica, with the Swede bagging two goals to boot. Lastly, Konstantinos Mitroglou spearheads the attack, following his brilliant hat-trick in Olympiakos’ surprise 3-0 win away to Anderlecht.