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What a weekend it was for on-loan Turkish striker Enes Unal…

Scoring one of the best hat-tricks you’ll see this season, the 19-year old fired his side to a 4-3 win over FC Groningen on Sunday.

It was the second treble Enes has hit in the Netherlands following the one he scored for NAC Breda against Telstar in April but this was his first hat-trick in the top-flight.

Unal’s three goals all came inside 16 first half minutes, in the 23rd, 36th and 39th minutes and put his side into a 3-0 lead.

Groningen fought back to level in the second period before Jari Oosterwijk won it in the fourth minute of injury time.

Fellow City loanee Yaw Yeboah also started the game and was withdrawn in the 90th minute.

Staying in the Netherlands, there were four of our players involved in NAC Breda’s 2-1 home defeat to MVV on Friday night.

Ashley Smith-Brown and Thomas Agyepong both started the game, while Brandon Barker and David Faupala both made their debuts for the Dutch Eerste Divisie outfit as second half substitutes.

NAC had been level at one apiece until Arno Verschueren was sent-off in the 67th minute.

In Italy, Olivier Ntcham marked his first Serie A appearance in four months in the best way possible as he climbed off the bench to level for Genoa against Cagliari, putting his side on their way to a 3-1 win.

Back on these shores, Aaron Mooy continues to shine for Huddersfield who are the early Championship pacesetters.

The Terriers are top of the pile after three wins and a draw from their first four games, their latest victory coming against Barnsley on Saturday.

Mooy has started every league game and is winning rave reviews from supporters for his classy performances in the middle of the park.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Jack Byrne’s Blackburn arrested their losing run, drawing 2-2 with Burton Albion at Ewood Park.

Our Ireland u21 international played 61 minutes of a game which leaves Rovers still rooted to the bottom of the table with a point from their first four matches.

Over in Norway, Chidiebere Nwakali and Bismark Boateng both played the 90 minutes for their teams, IK Start and Stromgodset.

Manu Garcia, George Glendon and Marlos Moreno all await their debuts for Alaves, Fleetwood and Deportivo La Coruna respectively, while Patrick Roberts is still injured and so missed Celtic’s  4-2 win over St Johnstone.

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