Ducor Sports Roundup of African Players Abroad
In England, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah was the rescuer for Liverpool at Anfield after the 25-year-old Egyptian slotted home his first Premier League goal of the season, drawing 1-1 with Burnley over the weekend.
Also on Saturday, Ghana’s Christian Atsu made the scoring chart in Newcastle United’s 2-1 victory over African duo – Senegal’s Mame Diouf and Cameroon’s Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting – playing for Stock City at the St. James Park. It was his first goal since April 28, 2017, against Cardiff in the Championship.
Allan Nyom (Cameroon), André Ayew (Ghana), Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyaté all featured for their clubs in West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United goalless encounter at the Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich.
It was a similar case for Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier and Kenya’s Victor Wanyama after Tottenham Hotspur settled for a goalless draw against and Jordan Ayew (Ghana) and Wilfried Bony’s (Ivory Coast) Swansea City.
It was another goalless day draw going into day two of weekend football-craze at the Stanford Bridge between Chelsea and Arsenal. Nigeria’s Victor Moses and 21-year-old Alex Iwobi were part of the Chelsea and Arsenal’s starting lineups respectively, while Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny came off the bench for the Gunners in the second half.
In Sunday’s final match climaxing all action in the EPL, Manchester United eliminated Everton 4-0. Ivorian defender Eric Baily was booked a yellow card, while Senegalese 27-year old midfielder Idrissa Gueye played 76 minutes for Everton after he was replaced by England’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Over to the Championship, DR Congo’s Britt Assombalonga was again on target for Middlesbrough after the team’s 3-2 win over compatriot Kazenga Lua Lua’s Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium. His goal tally increased to five in seven games.
Ghanaian midfielder Albert Adomah registered his third league goal for Aston Villa after scoring a brace against Barnsley during his side’s 3-0 win over the weekend.
Ivorian Souleymane Bamba recurred a point for Cardiff City after a late equalizer in 90+5 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday which ended 1-1.
Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang recorded his fourth league goal after Dortmund’s thrilling 5-0 win over Koln on Sunday.
French-born Senegalese defender Ludovic Sané registered his second career goal for Werder Bremen after scoring the lone goal in the team’s 1-2 loss to Schalke 04.
Chadrac Akolo of Congo DR got the lone goal for Stuttgart, narrowly defeating Wolfsburg on Saturday.
In Spain, D.R. Congo’s Cédric Bakambu enjoyed his third league start of the season after scoring a brace in Villarreal’s 3-0 triumph over Deportivo Alavés.
After a goal drought for African players last week in the Italian Serie, Lazio’s Angolan defender, Bartolomeu Jacinto was on target for Lazio who beat Genoa 3-2 at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris.
Over to France, ten players from the African continent featured in a single match between Amiens SC and Olympique Marseille, but it was Cameroon’s Clinton Mua N’Jie who made the headlines after scoring a brace as Marseille edged out Amiens SC 2-0.
Ghana’s William Acheampong scored his third consecutive goal for Antwerp after getting the opening goal in the 12th minute before Lokeren got the equalizer in the 83rd minute.
In the final match over the weekend that featured 10 African players, Senegal’s attacker M’Baye Leye scored the fastest goal so far in the Belgium First Division A after slotting home the opener in the first minute, but his early goal was canceled by Congo DR’s Paul-José Ebunge in the 39th minute to share the points between the two sides.
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