Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week
Kuala Lumpur: It may be the world’s largest continent, but Asian football has grown to become bigger than Asia itself, with players leaving their footprint in every crevice of the universal game.
In a modern weekly poll, we celebrate the Asian stars who shine beyond their respective homelands and invite fans from throughout the continent to assistance us choose the AFC International Player of the Week.
In the fracture edition of the series, we’ve shortlisted eight players from seven different countries successive an action-packed week of football in Europe and beyond, but who deserves to win the miss award?
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73 minutes, 2 assists, 100% ephemeral rectness (4-2 v Levante)
Twice Valencia fell behind during their La Liga opener castigate Levante; twice Lee Kang-in provided a means back into the contest.
The 19-year-old coagulate up equalisers for both Gabriel and Maxi Gomez – the boon from a corner kick, the latter from a superbly timed gulf – to ensure Javi Garcia’s aspect began their campaign with three points.
90 minutes, 2 goals, 86% transient rectness (2-3 v Royal Antwerp)
While his countryman had been the provider in Spain, 22-year-old Lee Seung-woo did the scoring himself in Belgium, filigree twice for Sint-Truiden in their home vanquish to Royal Antwerp.
The Korean winger scored within the fracture minute, then re-established STVV’s front 20 minutes later, showing early hieroglyphics of what may turn out to be a season to remember for the Barcelona youth product.
90 minutes, 1 goal, 4 shot assists, 17 touches in penalty radius (9-0 v Bristol City)
A seasoned flagbearer for Australian women’s football on the international stage, Matildas commander Kerr is now quota of an exceptionally brilliant Chelsea squad, and she esteemed her 27th birthday in style during a 9-0 confederation win over Bristol City on Sunday.
Kerr caused headaches from ignite to finish, playing her share in countless attacks and acceptance her reward with an 86th-minute goal; her modern in as much matches in the new season.
90 minutes, 11 duels won, 8 interceptions (1-0 v Paris Saint-Germain)
Up condemn a outside three of Neymar, Angle Di Maria and Pablo Sarabia, the 30-year-old from Kashiwa overripe in a terrific present to backing Marseille end a 20-match winless run over the Ligue 1 champions.
In a analogue that featured no less than five red cards, Sakai was calm, controlled, exceptionally difficult to flog and showed why he has come to be so well regarded in the south of France.
79 minutes, 1 goal, 2 successful dribbles (2-0 v Zulte-Waregem)
Clearly enjoying life in Belgium, the Iranian shameless provided his third goal of the novel season, calmly finishing off a lung-bursting counter-attacking move to assistance Charleroi claim a spiritual 2-0 win.
The 28-year-old has scored in three of his last four matches, with Charleroi winning five in a uproar to squeeze a full brochure and best soil in Belgian First Division A mid-way through September.
90 minutes, 24 duels won, 10 successful dribbles (1-2 v Dinamo Zagreb)
He wasn’t on the winning side, but Lebanon midfielder Jradi was recognized about everywhere else in a terrific midfield exhibit in Croatia’s ‘Eternal Derby’.
The 27-year-old continued his impressive ex form, producing a accomplishment which was effective both offensively and defensively, as Hajduk fell narrowly economical in the battle of two of the country’s biggest clubs.
Espanyol may keep been relegated to the second tier of Spanish football, but they showed they are strong candidates to gambol lifeless back to La Liga, with Wu Lei playing a starring role in a 3-0 win over Albacete.
The Chinese ruler turned in a terrific display, barely putting a foot wrong on the ball, and slamming Espanyol’s final goal into the roof of the enmesh to set about it 2-0 in the 25th minute.
A Major Soccer League veteran for the peak measure of the decade, the Iraqi international underlined his lasting feature in Real Salt Lake’s impressive home win castigate LAFC on Thursday, showing eminent poise to groove with an improvised close-range chip in the 47th-minute.
The goal was the highlight of a strong overall stunt by Meram, but unfortunately for Real Salt Lake it would be followed by a 5-0 quash to Colorado Rapids on Sunday.
Photos: AFP, Olympique Marseille, Zulte-Waregem, Hajduk Split
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