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Team of the week: Perfect Burak leads line

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Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz celebrates scoring one of his three goals (Reuters)

Burak Yilmaz fired a sensational perfect hat-trick in Galatasaray's win over CFR Cluj and deservedly leads the line in our Champions League Team of the Week.

The Turkey striker is joined by Claudio Pizarro, who hit a 15-minute hat-trick of his own for Bayern Munich against Lille - the third fastest hat-trick in the competition's history.

Also making our elite list of players this week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings, are two Celtic players - Fraser Forster and Victor Wanyama - after their roles in the glorious victory over Barcelona in Glasgow.

Formation: 3-5-2

Fraser Forster (Celtic) - Expert 9, Users 8.2

Another superb performance from the Celtic goalkeeper to deny Barcelona. Probably deserved a clean sheet for his sterling performance.

Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich) - Expert 9, Users 8

With Lille fairly toothless going forward, the Bayern skipper was able to concentrate on attacking and proved to be a constant threat down the right.

Douglas (Sporting Braga) - Expert 9, Users 6

Challenge after challenge, block after block and a stoppage time goal-line clearance which ultimately and unfortunately ended up moot, like the rest of the centre-back's rock-like performance.

Christian Fuchs (Schalke) - Expert 7, Users 7.6

Like compatriot Lahm for Bayern, Fuchs offered a threat down the flank from full-back as Schalke claimed a point after being two goals down to Arsenal.

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) - Expert 8, Users 9

Two well-taken goals and a lively performance throughout by the man from Algeria in Valencia's 4-2 win over BATE Borisov.

Victor Wanyama (Celtic) - Expert 9, Users 7.8

Kenyan midfielder Wanyama, who at 21 is one of the most promising midfielders in the tournament, capped a fine display with a goal against the mighty Barcelona at Celtic Park.

Siem de Jong (Ajax) - Expert 8, Users 8

The Ajax captain led by example at the Etihad Stadium , scoring twice from midfield and nearly adding a third; only Manchester City keeper Joe Hart denied him a hat-trick.

Oscar (Chelsea) - Expert 8, Users 7.8

The Brazilian produced a piece of skill worthy of winning the match on its own with his sublime volley from range, and his creativity from midfield inspired Chelsea throughout.

Claudio Pizarro (Bayern Munich) - Expert 9, Users 8

Three goals in 15 minutes: what more can you say? The Peruvian marksman lit up the Allianz Arena with his deadly eye in front of goal as Bayern eased to the top of their group.

Zlatan Ibrahimovich (Paris St-Germain) - Expert 9, Users 7.9

The Swede had a subdued first half but exploded into life after the interval at the Parc des Princes and laid on all four PSG goals courtesy of some trademark brilliance.

Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) - Expert 10, Users 7.8

Yilmaz entered the elite perfect hat-trick club after scoring one left-footed, one right-footed and one headed goal against CFR Cluj. Simply brilliant.

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