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Kuala Lumpur: With bags of goals, penalty saves and last-minute heroics, Asian stars once again left their mark of the footballing world over the past seven days.

We’ve cast our net across Europe, Africa and North America to find the best Asian performers outside the continent over the last week. Now it’s up to you to help us select a winner.

Here are our 10 nominees from September 29 to October 5.

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Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur, Korea Republic)
76 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist, 97% pass accuracy (6-1 v Manchester United)

A three-time AFC International Player of the Year, and an increasingly permanent fixture in our weekly series, Son Heung-min continued his extraordinary early season form with a dazzling first-half display at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Korean star scored twice and laid on another goal for Harry Kane as Spurs put Manchester United to the sword. He has now bagged seven goals and three assists in his last four matches.

Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 9 saves, 1 penalty save (3-2 v FC Porto)

Alex Telles was one of the most talked about footballers on earth when he joined Manchester United on Monday, but 48 hours earlier, an Iranian shot-stopper had the Brazilian left-back’s measure.

Amir Abedzadeh produced a superb 88th minute penalty stop to deny Telles in his final match as an FC Porto player, one of nine saves from the Team Melli goalkeeper, whose Maritimo side pulled off a superb win at the home of the defending Primeira Liga champions.

Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt, Japan)
88 minutes, 1 goal, 2 shot assists (2-1 v Hoffenheim)

Earning his first nomination in this column, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder played an important role in Frankfurt’s come-from-behind victory of Hoffenheim on Saturday.

It may have only been from a few yards out, but Kamada’s 54th-minute equaliser set the tone for Frankfurt’s comeback, and capped a fine overall performance from the former Sagan Tosu and Sint-Truiden man.

Hayley Raso (Everton, Australia)
24 minutes (3-0 v Birmingham City)
45 minutes, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 secondary assist (6-0 v Aston Villa)

Returning to our list for the second week in a row, the Australian women’s national team winger had another outstanding seven days for FA Women’s Super League outfit Everton.

After playing a cameo role in the club’s midweek Women’s FA Cup semi-final win over Birmingham, the 26-year-old was at her best in Saturday’s league thrashing of Aston Villa, scoring twice and playing a part in two other goals in just 45 blistering minutes of football.

Milad Mohammadi (KAA Gent, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 1 assist, 42 completed passes, 5 interceptions (5-1 v Beerschot)

An unused substitute during Gent’s UEFA Champions League play-off defeat against Dynamo Kyiv last Wednesday, the Iranian international full-back issued a reminder of his quality with a fine performance against Beerschot in the Belgian top-flight on the weekend.

Busy throughout, and responsible for the devastating cross which put Gent 5-0 up through Matisse Samoise, Mohammadi ensured he will be full of confidence when he reports for national team duty this week.

Gulzhigit Alykulov (FC Kairat, Kyrgyz Republic)
51 minutes, 5 dribbles (1-1 v Shakhter Karagandy)
69 minutes, 1 goal, 1 secondary assist (3-0 v FC Astana)

In arguably the biggest match of the 2020 Kazakhstan Premier League season – the Two Capitals Derby’ between Kairat and perennial champions Astana - the young star of Kyrgyz football produced a performance of the highest quality.

The 20-year-old was involved in all three goals, opening the scoring in the 24th minute, playing a key role in Aibol Abiken’s second, then delivering a cross which went into the net via Astana’s Uros Radakovic. Kairat are now eight points clear, and a step closer to their first league title since 2004.

Kumi Yokoyama (Washington Spirit, Japan)
74 minutes, 1 goal, 89% forward pass accuracy (1-0 v Sky Blue FC)

It has been anything but a normal year in America’s National Women’s Soccer League, but Japanese forward Kumi Yokoyama made sure she had a moment to remember from her first season in the US when she scored a brilliant, match-winning goal on Saturday.

The hero of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup final drilled a low effort into the bottom corner from 25-yard’s, capping a terrific overall performance, and giving Washington Spirit a win in their final NWSL Fall Series outing.

Mahmoud Wadi (Al Masry, Palestine)
90 minutes, 2 shots on target, 78% pass accuracy (0-1 v Zamalek)
89 minutes, 1 assist, (2-0 v El Gouna)

A consistent contributor all season for Egyptian Premier League outfit Al Masry, the towering Palestinian forward played a significant role in a key win against El Gouna on Monday.

The 25-year-old showed wonderful strength and poise to set up Omar Kemal’s goal – Wadi’s third assist in his last four matches - helping Al Masry to 10th place on the table, and six points clear of relegation with four games remaining.

Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens, IR Iran)
9 minutes, 1 goal, 1 shot on target (2-1 v Wolfsburg)
90 minutes (0-1 v Atromitos)

He was only on the pitch for the final minutes, but Karim Ansarifard made a priceless contribution to AEK Athens’ 2020-21 campaign when he scored the goal which sealed the Greek club’s place in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

The Iranian forward netted a very timely first goal for his new club in the 94th-minute, confirming a 2-1 win which was equal parts impressive and crucial, against a strong Wolfsburg side.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Australia)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist, 83% pass accuracy (2-7 v Tottenham Hotspur)

Last but by no means least, Australia’s Nikita Rukavystya earns a third successive nomination after continuing his scoring spree, even as his Maccabi Haifa side suffered a heavy UEFA Europa League exit at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

The 33-year-old provided the pass for Tjaronn Chery’s goal, netted a second-half penalty kick and slammed home a terrific volley, only to see it chalked off for offside. Rukavytsya’s stunning run of form has seen him pile on nine goals and four assists in his last seven outings all competitions.

Poll ends at 16:00 (UTC +8) on October 10.

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