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Football: Africa - Europe express

Mbaye Niang Auxerre
Football: Africa - Europe express

Zambo Anguissa in form, Bakambu's debut a smashing success, Mané scores again, Ghanaians efficient.

After a saving international break, the European championships have resumed. Particularly efficient, the Africans have once again made their presence felt, including some well-known names (Mané, Zambo Anguissa, Bakambu, Onuachu). Others, less familiar, have also hit the bull's eye, with several Ghanaians in form.


In England (9th day), in the hot London derby between Arsenal (1st) and Tottenham, the Gunners won (3-1), with a goal from Ghanaian Thomas Partey. Chelsea (5th) won at Crystal Palace with a goal from Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Nigerian Joe Aribo saved the honor for Southampton (16th), beaten at home by Everton (1-2).

In Germany (8th day), the Senegalese Sadio Mané put an end to several weeks of silence by scoring the third goal for Bayern Munich (3rd), a large winner against Bayer Leverkusen (4-0). Freiburg took the second place by dominating Mainz (2-1), with a goal of Ghanaian Daniel Kyereh. Despite a goal from Guinea's Serhou Guirassy, 16th-placed VFB Stuttgart lost (2-3) at Wolfsburg.

On the 9th day of the French championship, Clermont Foot (9th) won at AC Ajaccio (3-1), with a goal from Beninese Jodel Dossou. Toulouse (12th) got the better of Montpellier (4-2), with a new goal from Moroccan Zakaria Aboukhal. Auxerre (14th) was held 1-1 by Brest (18th), a goal from the penalty spot by Senegalese Mbaye Niang answering the opening goal of Algerian Islam Slimani. Strasbourg (19th) lost at home to Rennes (1-3), despite the reduction of the score by the Senegalese Habib Diallo on penalty.

Lookman decisive with Bergamo
Napoli continues to dominate the Italian championship (8th day), and its victory (3-1) against Torino proves it. The Cameroonian André-Franck Zambo Anguissa was particularly prominent in scoring the first two Neapolitan goals. Atalanta Bergamo (2nd) beat Fiorentina (1-0) thanks to Nigerian Ademola Lookman. Moroccan Abdou Harroui scored one of the five goals for Sassuolo (8th), who defeated Salernitana (5-0).

In Belgium (10th day), Genk (2nd) won at Ostend (2-1), with a goal from the inevitable Nigerian Paul Onuachu. Cercle Brugge (15th) won a spectacular match at La Gantoise (4-3), with a goal from Togo's Kevin Denkey. Finally, FC Seraing (14th) won brilliantly at Standard Liège (2-0) thanks to Senegalese Mamadou M'Bow and Congolese Morgan Poaty.

In the Netherlands (8th day), the Bissau-Guinean Umano Embelo scored one of the two goals of Fortuna Sittard (14th) against FC Volendam (2-0), while the Moroccan Iliass Bel Hassani scored one of the two goals of RKC Waaljwijk (9th), held by Sparta Rotterdam (2-2).

In Armenia (9th day), Puynik (4th) crushed Alashkert (5-1) with a goal from Nigerian Yusuf Otubanjo, while Ghanaian Israel Opoku allowed FC Noah (10th) to snatch a point in extra time in Van (2-2).

Senegalese Abdoulaye Ba helped Sabah Baku (2nd) to a 1-0 win in Shamakhi, on the 8th day of the Azerbaijan championship.

In Cyprus (5th day), the Angolan Va allowed Apollon Limassol (3rd) to draw against Paphos (1-1), while Aris LImassol (1st) won easily in Chloraka (3-0) with a goal of Senegalese Yannick Gomis.

The Tunisian Anis Slimane scored one of the three goals of Lyngby (10th) in the spectacular draw against Brondby (3-3), in the 10th day of the Danish championship.


In Finland, Mariehamn won at Ilves Tampera (3-2), with a penalty from Nigeria's John Owoeri, while Cameroon's Ariel Ngueukam scored for the hosts.

A brace, including a penalty from the Congolese (DRC) Cedric Bakambu helped Olympiakos Piraeus beat Atromitos (2-0), while Ghanaian Richmond Boakye gave Lamia (10th) an important victory against Levadiakos (1-0), in the 6th day of the Greek championship.

In Hungary (9th day), Ujpest (9th) clearly beat Kisvarda (4-0), thanks in particular to a double from Ivorian Fernand Goure.

His compatriot Jonathan Cissé helped Hapoel Hadera (9th) to a 1-1 draw in Ashdod in Israel (6th day of the championship).

In Kosovo (9th day), Dukagjini (10th) crushed Ferizaj (4-1), with a goal from Nigerian Oto John.

In the Latvian championship (30th day), RFS (3rd) crushed Metta/LU (6-0) with a goal from the Ivorian Ismaël Diomandé. Daugavpils held off Valmiera (1-1) thanks to a goal by Nigerian David Idowu. Ghanaian Joselpho Barnes scored one of the four goals of Riga FC (2nd) against Super Nova (4-1).

In Malta (day 5), Hamrun Spartans (2nd) logically beat Floriana FC (2-0) with a goal of the Congolese (DRC) Elvis Mashike.

Sheriff Tiraspol consolidated its leadership in Moldova (9th day) by disposing of Stinful Gheorghe (3-0) with a goal from Nigerian Rasheed Akanbi.

Tunisian Amor Layouni scored twice for Valeranga (5th) against Strömgodset (4-0) in the 24th day of the Norwegian championship.

Ghanaian Emmanuel Boateng gave Rio Ave the three points of victory against Santa Clara (1-0), in the 8th day of the Portuguese championship.

In the Czech Republic (10th day), Slavia Prague (2nd) clearly beat Liberec (3-0) with a goal from Nigerian Peter Olayinka, while his compatriot Muhamed Tijani reduced the score for Ostrava (14th), dominated by Ceske Budejovice (1-2).

The Gabonese Guélor Kanga scored the last goal of the season for Red Star Belgrade, winner at Mladost GAT (4-0) and leader of the Serbian championship (11th day).

In Slovakia (12th day), Trnava (2nd) won widely at Zlate Moravce (3-0) with a goal of Nigerian Abdulrahman Taiwo. His compatriot Wisdom Kanu saved the honor of Michalovce (10th), beaten in Banska Bystrica (1-3), while Cape Verdean Eynel Soares allowed Trencin (9th) to obtain a point in Zilina (1-1).

In Sweden (round 24), second-placed Häcken drew at Varberg (1-1) thanks to Ghana's Ibrahim Sadiq.

Congolese Meshak Elia (DRC) and Cameroon's Jean-Pierre Nsamé, who scored in stoppage time, helped Young Boys Berne (1st) to win in Lucerne (2-1) and keep the first place in Switzerland (9th day).

In Turkey (day 8), Hatayspor (18th) defeated Sivasspor (2-1) with a goal from Moroccan Ayoub El Kaabi.

Finally, in Ukraine (5th day), the leader, Shakhtar Donetsk easily got rid of Metalist Khakiv (6-1), with a goal from Burkinabe Lassina Traore.


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