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Ludogorets hat-trick hero Elvis Manu named in Europa League team of the week

Ghana forward Elvis Manu has been named in the Europa League team of the week after his hat-trick heroics for Ludogorets against LASK Linz on Thursday night. 

The inform striker who was also nominated for the player of the week, netted three times despite the Bulgarian giants suffering a 4-3 defeat in Austria.

Manu is joined by AC Milan duo Diogo Dalot and S Kjaer as well Wolfsburg’s Michael Liendl.

Other players in the team of the week are Richie Da Laet, Susic, Pizzi, Mohammed Elyounissi, goalkeeper Livakovic, F. Mantalos and E F Ben of Red Star Belgrade.

Last night, Ludogorets went down after just two minutes into the game when Husein Balic slotted home the opener for LASK.

Andreas Gruber made it two for LASK with a well taken goal in the 11th minute before Elvis Manu halved the deficit with a close range finish four minutes later.

Marco Raguz restored the hosts advantage in the 34th minute before an own goal from Benin international Olivier Verdon put LASK ahead 4-1 after 56 minutes.

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Ludogorets however didn’t go down without a fight as Manu struck again 67th minute time reduce the scoreline once again.

The Ghanaian poacher gave his side some hope of grabbing something out of the game after he coolly planted home from 12 yards in the 74th minute.

Despite dominating the closing stages of the game, Ludogorets could not find the leveled as the match ended 4-3 in favour of the Austrian club.