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Kuala Lumpur: With career milestones, creative brilliance, defensive heroics and, as ever, goals, which Asian player delivered the best performance outside the continent this week?

We’ve scoured domestic and continental action from Berlin to Bulgaria to bring you our 10 contenders, now it’s up to you to decide the continent’s standout star.

Here are the nominees from November 25 to December 1.

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Junya Ito (KRC Genk, Japan)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 successful dribbles (5-1 v Cercle Brugge)

Back in the running after another superb showing in Belgium, Ito shone as Genk delivered a five-star performance. The Japanese international set up the first goal, then scored the second and has now been directly involved in five goals in last two matches.


Eldor Shomurodov (Genoa, Uzbekistan)
86 minutes, 1 assist, 10 duels won (3-1 v Sampdoria)
70 minutes, 1 goal, 2 shot assists (1-2 v Parma)

Uzbekistan’s star striker had his best week yet in the Genoa shirt, setting up a goal in their Cup win over city rivals Sampdoria before bagging his first ever Serie A goal against Parma on Monday.


Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna, Japan)
90 minutes, 96% pass accuracy, 16 duels won (1-0 v Crotone)

In the same league, but at the opposite end of the pitch, Japan’s Tomiyasu continues his superb form, turning in a player of the match performance to deliver a clean sheet and three points for Bologna.


Awer Mabil (FC Midtjylland, Australia)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 shot assist (1-3 v Ajax)
21 minutes, 1 shot assist (0-0 v AaB)
67 minutes, 3 shots, 2 key passes (1-1 v Atalanta)

With three games in seven days, Australia winger Mabil was undoubtedly the busiest player on this week’s list, but he also made a consistent impact. He scored his first ever UEFA Champions League goal against Ajax, then contributed a strong showing as unfancied Midtjylland held Atalanta to a draw.


Karim Ansarifard (AEK Athens, IR Iran)
28 minutes (0-3 v Zorya Luhansk)
73 minutes, 1 goal, 6 duels won (2-1 v Asteras Tripolis)

Ansarifard continues to make the most of his opportunities, this time scoring a peach of a winning goal in AEK’s clash against Asteras Tripolis, securing the Athenian club’s fourth successive Greek Super League win.


Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt, Japan)
90 minutes, 2 assists, 91% forward pass accuracy (3-3 v Union Berlin)

An excellent showing from the Japanese attacking midfielder, whose two superb assists helped Eintracht turn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 lead, before ultimately setting for a Bundesliga draw against Union Berlin.


Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Australia)
74 minutes, 1 goal, 77% pass accuracy (2-0 v Beitar Jerusalem)

The veteran Australian is having such a good season that even when he misses penalties, he finishes the match as the hero. Rukavytsya now has 13 goals in his last 12 matches.


Ahmed Yasin (Häcken, Iraq)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 80% pass accuracy (3-0 v Örebro)

It was a similar story for Sweden-based Iraq international Ahmed Yasin, who clattered an early spot-kick into the woodwork, then recovered by scoring from open play as Häcken surged to a 3-0 win.


Shahab Zahedi (Olimpik Donetsk, IR Iran)
90 minutes, 1 goal, 5 shots at goal (1-2 v Inhulets)

A long overdue nomination for Olimpik Donetsk’s Iranian striker Shahab Zahedi, who has never played for Team Melli, but is currently the top goal scorer in an Ukrainian Premier League featuring the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv.


Parvizjon Umarboev (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Tajikistan)
75 minutes, 1 assist, 81% pass accuracy (6-0 v Botev Plovdiv)

After featuring in this poll last week, Tajikistan’s Umarboev immediately returns after performing strongly in a 6-0 derby rout for Lokomotiv Plovdiv. The central midfielder has now delivered assists in consecutive matches.


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