In what was probably the game of the weekend Aston Villa shocked English Premier League champions Liverpool at Villa Park with a 7-2 thrashing. FARPost‘s Prince Sobayeni provides feedback on how African players did across Europe over the weekend.
Trezeguet, Nakamba, Traore, Keita and Salah
Aston Villa started the game on fire going into the break leading 4-1 with former Brentford striker Ollie Watkins scoring a hattrick on the day.
English midfield sensation Jack Grealish also got on the scoresheet scoring a brace for Villa who got their best ever result in the past three decades. A few African stars were in action at either end with Mohammed Salah scoring the two goals for ‘The Reds’ while Naby Keita started, but was substituted after 46 minutes of the game.
For Aston Villa, Egyptian winger Trezeguet started and was replaced by fellow African Bertrand Traore after 87 minutes of the game. Zimbabwean international Marvelous Nakamba came on with 10 minutes left to shield the defence while providing stability for Aston Villa. He picked up a yellow card just before the game ended.
The Ivorian international had a game to remember against Manchester United as he grabbed an assist and a goal on the day as Tottenham Hotspurs defeated the English giants 6-1 at Old Trafford. Aurier assisted Son’s second of the day after 37 minutes before smashing a rocket into the far post for Tottenham’s 5th in the second half.
Aurier’s compatriot Eric Baily was also in action for Manchester United and he was part of the sloppy defending fans witnessed with his partnership with Harry Maguire in shambles.
Malian international Mossa Djenepo was once again the main man for Southampton as they defeated West Brom Albion 2-0 at Saint Marys on Sunday afternoon. The winger was eventually substituted for Nathan Redmond after 55 minutes played as he picked up a knock.
Nigerian Semi Ajayi played 90 minutes for West Bromwich Albion.
Kouyate, Ayew, Zaha & Mendy
Crystal Palace was on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing by Chelsea and all of Palace’s African stars played the entire 90 minutes for the ‘Eagles’ who will want to put the result behind them as they go towards the international break.
Senegalese international Edouard Medy played the whole game for Chelsea between the posts keeping a clean sheet in the process.
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez played 77 minutes for Manchester City as they drew 1-1 with newly promoted Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday evening.
SPANISH LA LIGA
Allan Nyom & Djene
Getafe was hammered 3-0 by Real Sociedad and the African duo played the whole 90 minutes for Getafe
Thomas Partey & Samuel Chukwueze
Ghanaian anchor Thomas Partey started and played the whole game for Atletico Madrid while Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze came on after 72 minutes for Villareal in a game that ended 0-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
ITALIAN SERIE A
Franck Kessie & Emmanuel Gyasi
AC Milan convincingly defeated Spezia 3-0 at the San Siro stadium and Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie was surprisingly left out of the starting XI, but he came on after 58 minutes and assisted the third goal for Milan. Ghanaian winger Gyasi started and was taken off after 77 minutes for Spezia who are looking to turn their fortunes around having lost four of their first five league games of the season.
The Ivorian veteran started and played the entire 90 minutes for Parma as they beat Verona 1-0 on the day. Parma took the lead in the very first minute of the game through Jasmin Kurtic.
Rami Bensebaini, Skhiri and Ibrahima Traore
The Algerian defender lasted 90 minutes for Borussia Monchengladbach as they defeated FC Koln 3-1 on Saturday. Guinea international Ibrahima Traore came on in the second half for Monchengladbch to tidy up and seal the three points. In the same game Ellyes Skhiri started and was substituted in the second half for FC Koln.
Amadou Haidara, Bentaleb and Sane
Malian international Amadou Haidara played the whole game for RB Leipzig as they demolished Schalke 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb and Senegalese centre back Salif Sane both played the whole game for Schalke who got humbled just before the international break.
Kenyan international Phillip Mwene lasted the whole game for FC Mainz, but was helpless as they got smashed 4-0 by Union Berlin.
FRENCH LIGUE 1
Kadewere, Cornet & Diomande
It was a battle of the titans in France as Olympique Lyon took on Olympique Marseille on Sunday night. Zimbabwean striker Tino Kadewere started for Lyon and was substituted in the second half while Maxwell Cornet came off for Memphis Depay after 69 minutes as the clash ended 1-1. Sinally Diomande also made a cameo appearance for Lyon later in the game.
For Marseille, Cameroonian international Toko Ekambi lasted 85 minutes.
Niane put in probably the best performance from all African stars in the top 5 leagues scoring a hattrick for FC Metz as they defeated FC Lorient 3-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon.
The hattrick took the 21-year-old’s tally to 6 goals in 6 games for Metz and with age on his side, this might just be the beginning for the striker.
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetsi lasted the whole 90 minutes and got a yellow card as Stade Reims drew 2-2 with Champions League side Stade Rennes in Ligue 1.
By Prince Sobayeni