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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31384817 Giovani dos Santos Giovani+dos+Santos Latin America

Mexican fans have waited a long time for the scene that unfolded in Spain on Monday. Giovani dos Santos spent the past few years languishing on the Tottenham bench and spending his time on loan at three different clubs. Those concerns are in the rear view mirror now. Dos Santos made his debut in a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday and showed why Mallorca decided to sign him on a permanent basis this summer by supplying the assists on both goals. The debut bodes well for dos Santos' future as a fixture in a decent Mallorca side and offers some encouragement that one of Mexico's key figures will now finally receive the regular match action required to keep him operating at a high level.

While dos Santos' debut topped the headlines for Mexicans Abroad, his performance wasn't the only highlight worth noting. Read on to learn more about dos Santos' display and other notable performances around Europe this weekend.

Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31384818 Hector Moreno, D, Espanyol Hector+Moreno%2C+D%2C+Espanyol Latin America

Moreno and his Espanyol teammates tasted victory for the first time this season after a Christian Stuani strike in second-half stoppage time sealed a 3-2 win against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Moreno once again featured for the entire affair as Espanyol recovered from an early deficit to snatch all three points at the death. The result also lifted Espanyol off the bottom of the table on goal difference.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31384819 Javier Hernandez, F, Manchester United Javier+Hernandez%2C+F%2C+Manchester+United Latin America

Chicharito has settled for a place on the bench in recent weeks and has watched his name float through the rumor mill for a possible January move to Atlético Madrid. A brief appearance in the waning stages of United's 4-2 victory over Stoke City on Saturday won't quell those whispers. Hernández replaced Danny Welbeck – one of the players keeping him out of the side – for the final 12 minutes in the victory at Old Trafford.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31384820 Giovani dos Santos, F, Mallorca Giovani+dos+Santos%2C+F%2C+Mallorca Latin America

Dos Santos made a fine start to his Mallorca career in a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla on Monday after he assisted both goals. The schemer prompted Pedro Bigas' opener with a long, sweeping ball from the middle third and played Tomer Hemed through with a clever flick for the second. Dos Santos departed after an hour to preserve his fitness after the lengthy layoff, but his contribution prior to that point suggests there is more to come from him in a Mallorca shirt.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31384821 Guillermo Ochoa, GK, Ajaccio Guillermo+Ochoa%2C+GK%2C+Ajaccio Latin America

The immigration mess that kept Ochoa from linking up with the Mexican national team last week did not impact his ability to assume his usual duties between the sticks in Ajaccio's 0-0 home draw with Bastia on Sunday. Ochoa registered his fifth clean sheet of the season in an ill-tempered derby that included a second-half scrum and a pair of dismissals inside the final ten minutes.

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Latin America 2741 8 Mexicans Abroad - Oct 17 - 23 31392098 Carlos Vela, F, Real Sociedad Carlos+Vela%2C+F%2C+Real+Sociedad Latin America

Vela and his Sociedad teammates became the latest outfit to succumb to Falcao's predatory instincts in front of goal on Sunday. The Colombian plunderer curled home a wonderful free kick in the 90th minute end Sociedad's perfect home record and give Atlético Madrid a 1-0 victory. Vela played the entire match for Sociedad and spurned a gilt-edged chance to claim the points eight minutes from time when he sailed his effort wide from a promising position.

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