Champions League team of the week: Real Madrid players impress

Real Madrid players dominate the Champions League team of the week after a record-equalling 8-0 win over Malmo.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored hat-tricks and line up in attack, along with team-mate Isco. Danilo's impressive display earns him a place in defence.

Two Premier League players feature as Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is included after his two goals against Borussia Monchengladbach. Laurent Koscielny is included after helping Arsenal progress to the last 16 with a superb 3-0 win at Olympiakos.

Team of the week

See the team from matchweek five here

The Champions League Team of the Week is supplied by Opta and is based on more than 250 calculations.

Goalkeeper - Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Sergio Rico
Sergio Rico made an impressive eight saves in helping his side to beat Juventus 1-0

Sergio Rico showed maturity beyond his 22 years as he kept Juventus at bay in their final group match. As the Italian giants pressed in the second half, Rico was a constant problem, making crucial saves from Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata in injury time to help seal a 1-0 win.

Defender - Danilo (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid's Danilo
No player made more tackles on match day six than Danilo

Real Madrid equalled the biggest win in the Champions League by beating Malmo 8-0 on Tuesday, and Danilo played a key role in such a comprehensive victory. He was an assured presence at the back and played his part in Real's fourth when Cristiano Ronaldo struck after the defender's initial shot was blocked.

Defender - Naldo (Wolfsburg)

Naldo scored in the Champions League for the first time since 2006

Naldo had not scored in the Champions League for nine years before becoming Manchester United's chief tormentor on Tuesday. The defender opened the scoring for Wolfsburg before his late winner cut short some brief celebrations from Louis van Gaal's side, having come soon after their equaliser.

Defender - Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny posted a 95.1% pass accuracy, better than any other Arsenal starter on match day six (39 accurate passes out of 41)

Arsenal needed to win by two clear goals against Olympiakos to reach the last 16. Striker Olivier Giroud did what was required of him in attack by scoring a hat-trick, but Laurent Koscielny prevented any nervy moments with a resolute defensive display and helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet on their way to a first win in Greece since 1998.

Defender - Rafinha (Bayern Munich)

Rafinha completed 74 of his 80 passes against Dinamo Zagreb (92.5% accuracy)

Bayern Munich kept three clean sheets in the four Champions League group games that Rafinha played in. He made a crucial challenge to prevent Dinamo Zagreb from scoring as Bayern Munich won their final group game 2-0.

Midfielder - Sebastian Rode (Bayern Munich)

Sebastian Rode
No Bayern player made more tackles (four) or interceptions (six) than Rode against Dinamo Zagreb

As well as helping Bayern Munich keep a clean sheet, Sebastian Rode played his part in the German side's attack by setting up Robert Lewandowski to score his and Bayern's second.

Midfielder - Selcuk Inan (Galatasaray)

Selcuk Inan
Only Bayern's Xabi Alonso (98) completed more passes on match day six than Inan (88)

The Galatasaray captain produced a moment of magic in the 1-1 draw with Astana, spinning in possession to open up the defence before scoring his side's equaliser.

Forward - Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now set a new record for goals in the Champions League group stage

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four of Real Madrid's eight goals, taking his tally in the group stage to 11 and becoming the first player in Champions League history to reach double figures.

Forward - Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in five goals in his last three appearances in all competitions for Man City at the Etihad (two goals, three assists)

Raheem Sterling's two late goals turned Manchester City's game against Borussia Monchengladbach on its head as they won 4-2 to finish top of their group. Sterling has now scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Forward - Isco (Real Madrid)

Isco created six goalscoring chances for Real Madrid, the most of any player on match day six

Isco set up Cristiano Ronaldo for one of his four goals against Malmo and was often at the heart of Real Madrid's best attacks.

Striker - Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema scored his second hat-trick in the Champions League (also v Auxerre in 2010). He is the first Frenchman to do this

Karim Benzema is enjoying some of the best form of his Real Madrid career and he was a constant menace against Malmo, scoring a hat-trick and generally causing the Swedish side plenty of problems throughout.

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