The likes of Napoli, Inter, Tottenham and PSV were in action on Europa League Matchday One but in many cases it was clubs and players from the continent's lower-ranked countries that caught the eye and delivered big points for the Europa League Fantasy Football managers that selected them.
Standard Liege's defensive solidity helped them to eventually secure a 2-0 victory in their opening fixture against HNK Rijeka, with Eiji Kawashima's clean sheet and seven saves enough to put him top of the goalkeeping pile after one match. He is joined in the Team of the Week by Laurent Ciman, who marshalled the Belgian side's defence and opened the scoring after 74 minutes to sink the visiting Croatians.
Some superb attacking performances from the back mean there are four other defenders in our best XI. Few were as impressive as PAOK Salonika's Razvan Rat. The full-back provided three assists in the 6-1 thrashing of Dinamo Minsk.
Seamus Coleman edges out his Everton team-mate Leighton Baines by virtue of the fact he was substituted before Ricardo Rodriguez's late consolation goal in Wolfsburg's 4-1 defeat, and therefore receives credit for a clean sheet as well as his first-half goal.
Inter edged to an important 1-0 victory over Dnipro courtesy of Danilo D'Ambrosio's late goal, while Jan Lecjaks completes the defence and is the cheapest fantasy player to make the Team of the Week at just €3.5 million. The 24-year-old scored the opening goal in Young Boys' 5-0 win over Slovan Bratislava.
Steaua Bucharest also enjoyed a big win, putting six past Aalborg at home, and playmaker Alexandru Chipciu's three assists earn him a place in midfield. He is joined by Napoli star Dries Mertens, who got Rafael Benitez's side out of jail with two goals to earn a 3-1 victory after Sparta Prague had taken a shock lead in Italy.
In attack, three strikers stand well clear of the chasing pack after each bagging hat-tricks in the opening round of fixtures.
PAOK's stunning start was driven by both Rat and forward Stefanos Athanasiadis, who took advantage of the service his team-mate provided to ensure he would be taking home the match ball after just 28 minutes.
Claudiu Keseru, by contrast, made his presence felt for Steaua after half-time, scoring three in the space of 11 minutes following the sending off of Aalborg's Nicolai Larsen as the Romanians stormed to the top of Group J.
And Algerian World Cup star El Arbi Soudani completes the trio after his treble for Dinamo Zagreb in their 5-1 win over minnows Astra Giurgiu, who now face an uphill battle to qualify from a tricky looking Group D.
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