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Team of the Week: Mata shines despite Chelsea exit

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Champions League Team of the Week, December 4-5 2012

Juan Mata is one of three Chelsea players in our Team of the Week, as selected by expert and user ratings on Eurosport-Yahoo!'s matchcasts, despite the holders crashing out of the tournament.

Mata was on the scoresheet at Stamford Bridge, as were fellow inclusions David Luiz and Fernando Torres, but the Blues' 6-1 demolition of FC Nordsjælland at Stamford Bridge ended up being bittersweet, as results elsewhere meant they were consigned to the Europa League.

Borussia Dortmund provide two players this week - both defenders - after an impressive victory over mega-rich Manchester City while Celtic's Kris Commons is included for his role in the Hoops' win over Spartak Moscow, ensuring the SPL side's progress to the last 16.

Formation: 4-1-3-2

Mário Felgueiras (CFR Cluj) - Expert 8, Users 7

A stunning display by the Cluj stopper who pulled off a string of magnificent saves to help clinch a famous win for his side on a bitter-sweet night at Old Trafford.

Oliver Kirch (Borussia Dortmund) - Expert 7, Users 7.4

For all their riches, Manchester City could not find a way past Dortmund's back line. Kirch more than played his part for the Bundesliga side.

Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain) - Expert 8, Users 7.7

Surely one of the best central defenders in Europe at the moment, the Brazilian was a rock against Porto - and grabbed a goal to boot.

David Luiz (Chelsea) - Expert 8, Users 7.4

The first of this week's trio of Chelsea players, Luiz stood firm at the back and kept his cool from the penalty spot in the thumping of FC Nordsjælland.

Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) - Expert 7.6, Users 9

A clean sheet in an excellent all-round performance which helped settle the nerves of fellow defenders Kirch and Felipe Santana.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich) - Expert 9, Users 7.4

One of his best performances since joining the German giants. Superb delivery throughout and capped a fine display with Bayern's third goal

Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev) - Expert 8, Users 9

Scored an absolute beauty of a goal in terrible conditions in Zagreb. He was the most dangerous player on the pitch.

Juan Mata (Chelsea) - Expert 9, Users 7.9

At the heart of Chelsea's relentless attacking moves and deservedly got on the scoresheet in the second half.

Kris Commons (Celtic) - Expert 8, Users 7.1

A team of the week without a Celtic player would be a travesty, considering their achievement. Commons gets the nod for a non-stop display and a well-taken penalty against Spartak Moscow.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - Expert 8, Users 7.3

A modern great who broke the deadlock with an obligatory goal. At times he was unplayable without stepping out of his comfort zone.

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) - Expert 8, Users 8

Two goals and a hint of what the Spaniard is still capable of. Unfortunately, post-match talk centred on why he didn't take a penalty.

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