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Edin Dzeko finds form with a hat trick, Bryan Cristante shines as Roma thrash Viktoria Plzen

Edin Dzeko snapped out of his early-season funk with a hat trick vs. Viktoria Plzen.
Edin Dzeko snapped out of his early-season funk with a hat trick vs. Viktoria Plzen.

Edin Dzeko shook himself out of his weeks-long funk by bashing home a casual hat trick against a dreadful Viktoria Plzen as Roma bagged their first Champions League points and officially brought their early season crisis to an end. Just over two minutes had gone when the Bosnian opened the scoring, taking full advantage of an inexplicable offside trap with no pressure on the ball to charge in from the left flank and end a seven-game goal drought.

Immediately the heavy air that has surrounded him...

Scouting Spotlight: Bertrand Traore, Bryan Cristante, Benjamin Pavard

Bertrand Traore has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for Lyon.

Scouting Spotlight profiles players across Europe who have caught the eye. This week features a forward thriving after leaving Chelsea, a Milan youth product linked with the Premier League and Stuttgart's versatile rising star.

Bertrand Traore -- Lyon

Traore caught Lyon's eye during a loan spell at Ajax last season when he scored twice against them in the Europa League semifinal. That prompted the Ligue 1 side to pay a reported €10 million to sign him from Chelsea in the summer, with...

 By Ben Gladwell

Bryan Cristante sale angers AC Milan fans after 'disgraceful' transfer window

Filippo Inzaghi insists he is delighted at the arrival of Fernando Torres at Milan, after watching his side crush Lazio 3-0 on Sunday.

Bryan Cristante's move to Benfica on transfer deadline day has drawn the ire of AC Milan fans, who have vented their anger on social networks.

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Cristante, 19, has joined the Portuguese side on a permanent deal for a fee reported to be in the region of six million euros, despite showing plenty of promise with a goal on his full Serie A debut against Atalanta in January.

The midfielder -- who scored...