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Marco Asensio grabs top spot in Player Power Rankings with a brace at Betis

Marco Asensio tops this week's Player Power Rankings, but Craig Burley elects to call out Neymar for scoring against Strasbourg after going missing at Real Madrid.
Olivier Giroud extended Chelsea's lead over Hull City in the FA Cup to 4-0 with his first goal for the club since his move from Arsenal.
Neymar's close control in the Strasbourg penalty area puts PSG back in front at the Parc des Princes.

ESPN FC's global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Marco Asensio's brace for Real Madrid in a 5-3 win at Real Betis tops our list.

1. Marco Asensio | Real Madrid

Why he's here: Asensio delivered a pair of vital goals as Madrid fought back from a deficit for the second time this week, earning a 5-3 comeback win at Real Betis on Sunday.

2. Olivier Giroud | Chelsea

Why he's here: The former Arsenal man scored once and assisted on two others as Chelsea brushed aside Hull 4-0 on Friday in the FA Cup.

3. Kevin Gameiro | Atletico Madrid

Why he's here: Despite sitting behind Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in Atletico's forward pecking order, it was Gameiro who turned the game for Los Rojiblancos, scoring one and assisting the other in Sunday's 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

4. Willian | Chelsea

Why he's here: The Brazilian bagged a brace in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Hull, a match in which he proved to be the heartbeat of the Blues' attack.

5. Romelu Lukaku | Manchester United

Why he's here: Lukaku scored two well-taken goals in Manchester United's straightforward 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday in the FA Cup.

At statistical look at Marco Asensio's man-of-the-match performance vs. Real Betis.
A statistical breakdown of Marco Asensio's standout performance for Real Madrid at Betis.

6. Roman Burki | Borussia Dortmund

Why he's here: In a tight 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, that ultimately was determined by Marco Reus' goal, Burki kept Dortmund in the Borussen derby by making 11 saves.

7. Neymar | Paris Saint-Germain

Why he's here: The Brazilian's disinterest vs. Strasbourg soon gave way to a one-goal, one-assist performance in PSG's 5-2 win over the promoted side.

8. Edinson Cavani | Paris Saint-Germain

Why he's here: The Uruguayan continued his fine goal scoring form, adding a brace in the win vs. Strasbourg.

9. Cengiz Under | Roma

Why he's here: Another week, another goal for the red-hot 20-year-old Turkey international, who scored the winner in Roma's 2-0 win at Udinese.

10. Lucas Vazquez | Real Madrid

Why he's here: While Asensio stole the headlines at Betis, Vazquez provided a pair of assists in Madrid's come-from-behind win over Los Verdiblancos.

Also receiving votes: Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Tiquinho Soares (Porto), Bertrand Traore (Lyon).

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