It was an impactful Saturday in Europe for some African players who stood out with exceptional performances for their various clubs as the current football season draws to a close.
Even though Bayern Munich were knocked out of the Champions League by PSG, Cameroonian Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is fulfilling his contract. The Cameroonian has been recruited by the Bavarians as a back-up to Robert Lewandowski and has scored in both legs of the double-header.
The 31-year-old striker was on target again in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Bayern Munich led 3-1 at half-time at Wolfsburg thanks to a brace from youngster Jamal Musiala and Choupo-Moting. In the last 4 games of the Bavarians, they have scored 3 goals. This is far from the crazy ratio of the Polish striker but it is still acceptable as the victory continues to pull Bayern closer to the title.
Aaron Boupendza had gone six games without scoring with Hatayspor. However, the top scorer in the Turkish Super lig has put an end to his recent drought. The Gabonese striker helped Hatayspor to a 1-1 draw at Trabzonspor on Saturday afternoon in the 35th round of matches. He converted a penalty in injury time. Aaron Boupendza now has 19 league goals. He is four goals ahead of his closest rivals, Senegalese team-mate Mame Biram Diouf and Besiktas' Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar. They each have 15 goals to their name.
Chelsea's Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech was the tormentor of Manchester City (1-0) in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. The former Ajax player scored the only goal of the game in the 55th minute.
Hakim Ziyech takes Chelsea into the FA Cup final. The Blues are looking for a 9th title in this competition. They will meet the winner of the Leicester and Southampton match in the final, scheduled for this Sunday.
Manchester City will have to wait to claim their first trophy for this season when they take on Spurs next week in the finals of the League Cup. The Citizens have also lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury. This is bad news for Pep Guardiola with the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against PSG just days away.
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