Ducor Sports Round-Up of African Players Abroad
Exciting and boring results continue to come out of various leagues and the expectations of African players’ performance abroad continue to unfold. In the English Premier League, Benin striker Steve Mounié showed he is the right man to start up front for Huddersfield Town after he scored his second brace in his fifth starting lineup appearance in the team’s 2-0 win against Brighton.
At the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Ivorian striker Wilfred Bony seems to have found his scoring boot after he scored his second consecutive goal for Swansea. His lone strike in the 81st minute was enough for the Swans to secure a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion.
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez scored Leister City’s first consolation goal with an assist from Nigeria’s Onyinye Ndidi in Leister’s 3-2 victory over Christian Astu’s Newcastle United at St. James Park.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah increased his EPL goals to 13 after he scored Liverpool’s lone goal in the Merseyside derby against Everton. A late Rooney penalty washed out the Egyptian’s 42nd minutes goal.
Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal came on as a substitute for Southampton after warming the bench for the entire first half. Southampton shared the points with Arsenal in a one-all draw.
Over to Spain, Congo DR’s Cédric Bakambu was greeted with a yellow card after his Villarreal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Barcelona.
Morocco’s Yassine Bounou made his seventh consecutive starts in goalpost for Girona; keeping his second clean sheet.
In Ligue 1, Cameroon’s Karl Ekambi rescued Angers SCO against Montpellier after scoring the equalizer five minutes after his side went down with a goal to nil.
Tunisia’s Oussama Haddadi had the worst nightmare after his club Dijon lost 4-0 to Guingamp. He received his first career red card in the 12th minute.
Ivory Coast’s Max-Alain Gradel scored his second goal for Toulouse since October 25. His lone goal scored from the spot saved his team after a teammate scored an own goal in the 61st minute.
Amines SC failed to defend an earlier minute goal scored by Togo’s Serge Gakpé in the 9th minute after Olympique Lyonnais came from behind to score in the 79th and 90+4 minutes to secure a 2-1 win at the Stade de la Licorne.
It was the similar case at the Stade de la Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau in Nantes after Morocco’s Yacine Bammou lone goal for Nantes was overturned by Nice.
Guinea’s Bouna Sarr, Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour, and Cameroon’s André-Frank Anguissa form part of the core after Olympique Marseille see off Saint-Étienne 3-0 in Marseille.
In Germany, Benin’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his fifth consecutive goal out of four matches in all competitions, but his lone goal for Dortmund over the weekend. Dortmund was defeated 2-1 by Werder Bremen.
Naby Keita watched RB Leipzig game from the bench after he was left on the bench for the rest of the match against Mainz 05.
It was a dramatic scene at the WWK Arena after Ivory Coast Solomon Kalu came off the bench in the 79th minute. He later became the hero for Hertha BSC when he scored a late equalizer in the 90+1 minute.
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