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Dimitri Payet's rabona assist and Gonzalo Higuain's scissor-kick volley were among the best plays and goals of the weekend in Europe.

September 12, 2016

Top three goals of the week

Michail Antonio (West Ham): A fourth headed goal this season for the recent England call-up, but this was all about Dmitri Payet, whose rabona cross was inch-perfect.

Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus): A scissor-kick volley into the top corner takes the Argentine’s tally to three in as many games as the chat about his physical condition has gone quiet.

Raul Garcia (Athletic Bilbao): A blast from distance from the Athletic midfielder which was enough to win the game at Deportivo and get the Bilbao club off the mark for the season.

Top three players of the week

Joel Pohjanpalo (Bayer Leverkusen): The Finnish forward came off the bench to score a 15-minute hat-trick in his side’s 3-1 win over Hamburg. Remember the name: he could be a star of the future.

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City): The Belgian midfielder looks like the best player in the Premier League at the moment: he scored one and hit the post twice in City’s win at Old Trafford. This could be a huge season for him.

Francesco Totti (Roma): Another dramatic performance from the young 39-year-old, who continued his habit of game-changing cameos from the bench.

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