Euro 2012 Team of the Week: Sneijder & Ozil debut as Cech & Llorente return

Each week, Goal.com selects the standout performers from Europe's top leagues, honouring the best players eligible for Euro 2012
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GOALKEEPER

Petr CECH
Chelsea
& Czech Republic
TOTW Apps: 2

 Chelsea goalkeeper Cech makes his second appearance in a row in our Best XI after two impressive displays for the Blues in the last week. First, he kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Arsenal, saving two goal-bound efforts from Robin van Persie. Then, he played a leading role in the 2-2 draw against Barcelona as he pulled off a number of quality stops, while he was not at fault in the Catalans' goals.

DEFENDERS

Lukasz PISZCZEK
Dortmund
& Poland
TOTW Apps: 4


Holger BADSTUBER
Bayern
& Germany
TOTW Apps: 2


Ashley COLE
Chelsea
& England
TOTW Apps: 2

Poland international Piszczek is making a name for himself in our Best XI and gets his fourth entry after he turned in an accomplished performance in the 2-0 victory against Borussia Monchengladbach to help his Dortmund side retain their Bundesliga crown.

Badstuber enters our defensive trio after helping Bayern Munich past Real Madrid to progress to the Champions League final. The German defender struggled at times against Karim Benzema, but ultimately kept the Frenchman at bay - even if it earned him a booking which will rule him out of the tournament decider.

Chelsea left-back Cole completes our three-man defence following a top-notch display against Barcelona in midweek. The England international limited the threat of Isaac Cuenca and made his presence felt down the left flank when he surged forward to help his team-mates in attack.

MIDFIELDERS

Yohan CABAYE
Newcastle
& France
TOTW Apps: 1


Wesley SNEIJDER
Inter
& Netherlands
TOTW Apps: 1


Rafal MURAWSKI
Lech Poznan
& Poland
TOTW Apps: 2


Mesut OZIL
Real Madrid
& Germany
TOTW Apps: 1

Cabaye set the attacking tone in Newcastle's 3-0 victory against Stoke on Saturday, netting a double and assisting Papiss Cisse for another goal to become Man of the Match, and help the club move closer to Champions League qualification.

Netherlands international Sneijder made the most of his first start since Andrea Stramaccioni took charge of the team as he grabbed two goals in the 3-1 victory against Udinese, scoring for the first time in six months. He had already shown glimpses of his quality against Fiorentina at the weekend, but could not help Inter break the deadlock after coming off the bench.

Poland international Murawski demonstrated that he does not choke under pressure as he set up Artoms Rudnevs for the winning goal in Lech Poznan's 1-0 victory at Legia Warsaw to keep the club in pursuit of the top three in the Polish League.

Real Madrid playmaker Ozil pulled the strings in midfield in the 2-1 victory against Barcelona, assisting Cristiano Ronaldo with a pinpoint through pass. Just days later, he set up the Portuguese once again against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

FORWARDS

Nikica JELAVIC
Everton
& Croatia
TOTW Apps: 1


Fernando LLORENTE
Athletic Bilbao
& Spain
TOTW Apps: 2


Yevhen SELEZNYOV
Shakhtar
& Ukraine
TOTW Apps: 1

Jelavic showed just why he is considered one of the most in-form strikers in Europe as he added two more goals to his tally in Everton's nail-biting 4-4 draw against Manchester United, breaking the deadlock with a header before netting again late in the game with a sublime finish.

Athletic Bilbao star Llorente returns to our best XI after his Man-of-the-Match performance in the club's 3-1 victory against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League semi-final. The 27-year-old scored one and assisted Susaeta and Ibai for their goals as the Basque side booked a place in the final in Bucharest.

Ukraine international Seleznyov scored twice in Shakhtar's 2-1 victory against Tavriya on Saturday to keep the club levelled with Dynamo Kiev at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League table, with only two matches remaining.

TOTAL NOMINEES BY COUNTRY (THIS WEEK)
Spain 11 (1)
France 11 (1)
Germany 9 (2)
Netherlands 8 (1)
England 7 (1)
Poland 5 (2)
Italy 5 (0)
Ukraine 4 (1)
Ireland 3 (0)
Croatia 2 (1)
Czech Republic 2 (1)
Greece 2 (0)
Portugal 1 (0)
Russia 1 (0)
Denmark 1 (0)