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Football: El Hamdaoui stars in Spain with hat-trick

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Morocco striker Mounir El Hamdaoui was the star African performer in Europe at the weekend as he scored a hat-trick for Spanish side Malaga.

Once on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, El Hamdaoui, 29, also created a goal in the 5-0 La Liga rout of Rayo Vallecano.

Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his great form in the German Bundesliga season, scoring twice for Borussia Dortmund in a 6-2 hammering of Hamburg.

ENGLAND

SAMUEL ETO'O (Chelsea)

The Cameroon forward endured a debut to forget as his new club suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Everton. Former Barcelona and Inter Milan star Eto'o, who joined from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on transfer deadline day, was making his Premier League bow, but fluffed his lines, missing several good chances before Steven Naismith scored the winner.

KAGISHO DIKGACOI (Crystal Palace)

The South Africa midfielder was sent off as his team slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United. Palace were keeping United at bay until former Fulham star Dikgacoi was dismissed for conceding a penalty after barging into Ashley Young.

YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

The Ivory Coast midfielder was unable to inspire his side in a dour 0-0 draw at Stoke. Toure played the full 90 minutes, but it was Stoke who had the better of the chances to leave City still waiting for their first away league win under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

PAPISS CISSE (Newcastle)

The Senegal striker remains without a goal for his club since April after failing to score in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa. Cisse had gone nine matches without finding the net since his strike against Benfica in the Europa League and that barren sequence extended into double figures at Villa Park.

SONE ALUKO (Hull)

The Nigerian forward is still waiting for his first goal of the season after drawing a blank in the Tigers' 1-1 draw against Cardiff. The visit of fellow promoted club Cardiff looked like a good chance for Aluko to break his duck, but he has now gone four matches without scoring this season.

FRANCE

BRICE DJA DJEDJE (Evian)

Ivorian defender Djedje opened the scoring for French Cup finalists Evian against Ajaccio with a rare goal for the club he joined from Paris Saint-Germain in 2010. Evian were 3-0 up after 52 minutes before hanging on for a valuable 3-2 victory which lifts the club into the top half of the table.

MUSTAPHA YATABARE (Guingamp)

The 27-year-old France-born Malian striker converted a pressure penalty in the 88th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw for Brittany club Guingamp at home to Bastia. His 23 goals last season were the highest tally in the French second division and helped Guingamp back into the top flight.

GADJI TALLO (Ajaccio)

The 20-year-old Ivorian on-loan striker from AS Roma scored his first goal of the season in vain as Ajaccio came up short against Evian after coming back from 3-0 down to lose 3-2 with Tallo's 86th-minute strike leaving it too late.

GERMANY

KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Schalke 04)

The Ghana midfielder scored his first Bundesliga goal for six years when he sealed Schalke's 1-0 victory at Mainz 05 with a first-half winner. On his second Royal Blues appearance since signing from AC Milan, Boateng pounced on a mistake in the Mainz defence to drill home his 34th-minute shot for Schalke's second consecutive victory.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)

Having scored a hat-trick on his debut last month, the fleet-footed Gabon attacking midfielder scored two more goals for Borussia Dortmund in a 6-2 rout of Hamburg. The 24-year-old showed why Dortmund paid St Etienne 17 million euros (US$22.6m) for him and he is the league's joint top-scorer with five goals from five games.

ITALY

SULLEY MUNTARI (AC Milan)

With AC Milan facing a second defeat in three Serie A matches, Muntari helped launch an unlikely comeback away to Torino when his low shot from the edge of the area rolled into the hosts' net on 87 minutes as confusion reigned in the Torino defensive area. The Ghanaian's goal reduced arrears to 2-1 and Milan were back on level terms when Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the seventh minute of added-on time to secure a share of the spoils.

SAPHIR TAIDER (Inter)

Taider, signed in the off-season from Bologna, made his full debut for Inter having made two substitute appearances. The France-born Algerian international, playing in a defensive midfield position, had a solid performance for the Nerazzurri in a 1-1 draw with Juventus, forcing 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon to stop a goal-bound shot on the stroke of half-time before sending a long-range effort wide just after the hour.

KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)

Asamoah's position on the left side of Juventus's five-man midfield has never looked under threat since the Ghanaian joined the Old Lady last season, and is even more rock solid after his performance. Although coming up against plenty of resistance from a determined Inter side, who opened the scoring in the 73rd minute through second-half substitute Mauro Icardi, it was Asamoah's fine individual work on the left and subsequent delivery to Arturo Vidal in the area which allowed the Chilean to score and pull Juve level only two minutes later.

RUSSIA

AHMED MUSA (CSKA Moscow)

Nigerian Musa, spearheading the CSKA attack in the absence of injured Ivorian Seydou Doumbia, set up a 1-0 home win over Rostov with a pass to Konstantin Bazelyuk, who fired into an unguarded net 19 minutes from time.

JEREMY BOKILA (Terek Grozny)

The Democratic Republic Congo forward had a close-range shot blocked on his debut as Grozny lost 2-0 away to last season's league runners-up Zenit St Petersburg. He came on as a substitute in the 65th minute and was foiled six minutes later by the outstretched foot of Slovak defender Tomas Hubocan.

DAME N'DOYE (Lokomotiv Moscow)

The Senegalese striker failed to convert his chances against Kuban Krasnodar on a rain-soaked Moscow pitch and was substituted 11 minutes from the end of a match won 1-0 by Lokomotiv.

SPAIN

MOUNIR EL HAMDAOUI (Malaga)

Moroccan El Hamdaoui scored a hat-trick as Malaga hammered Rayo Vallecano 5-0. The on-loan Fiorentina forward displayed a fine range of finishing to register his first goals in Spanish football and also set up Francisco Portillo to score Malaga's second.

STEPHANE M'BIA (Sevilla)

M'Bia played for 58 minutes in Sevilla's 3-2 defeat to Barcelona. The Cameroonian picked up an early yellow card and was lucky not to be sent off for an unnecessary push on Neymar just before half-time.

ODION IGHALO (Granada)

Nigerian Ighalo was sent off just 17 minutes after coming on as a substitute in Granada's 1-0 defeat to Espanyol. The 24-year-old picked up two quick yellow cards for protesting to the referee about time wasting from Espanyol 'keeper Kiko Casilla.

IKECHUKWU UCHE (Villarreal)

Uche came on for the final 25 minutes of Villarreal's 2-2 draw with Real Madrid and the Nigerian came close to winning all three points for the hosts when he prodded just wide from a narrow angle with 13 minutes remaining.

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