Paris - Arouna Kone scored three goals and Riyad Mahrez and
Odion Ighalo two each during a profitable weekend for Africans in the English
Ivorian Kone claimed his first Premier League hat-trick and
also provided an assist as Everton walloped Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park.
Algerian Mahrez of Leicester City and Nigerian Ighalo of
Watford raised their league totals to seven each this season by bagging braces
AROUNA KONE (Everton)
The Ivorian striker registered his first Premier League
hat-trick and created a goal for Gerard Deulofeu as Everton trounced Sunderland
6-2 at Goodison Park. Kone teed up Deulofeu's opener and then lashed home
left-footed following a neat one-two with Romelu Lukaku. Sunderland hit back to
level, but Everton kicked again in the second half to put the game out of
sight. Kone finished coolly from James McCarthy's pass in the 62nd minute
before meeting Lukaku's cross with a firm header to complete his treble.
YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)
With Norwich City having pegged Manchester City back
following a blunder by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Toure netted an 89th-minute
penalty to give his side a 2-1 victory that preserved their hold on top spot.
After Russell Martin was penalised for handball, having blocked a shot by
Raheem Sterling with his arm, the Ivorian midfielder swept a spot-kick into the
bottom-left corner to register his first league goal since the season's opening
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
Mahrez scored a quick-fire brace of coolly-taken volleys to
inspire Leicester to a 3-2 victory at West Bromwich Albion and take his tally
for the season to eight goals in all competitions. The goals, scored seven
minutes apart in the second half, were remarkably similar, with the Algeria
winger ghosting in to convert Marc Albrighton crosses from close range on both
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ODION IGHALO (Watford)
Nigeria striker Ighalo found the net twice at Vicarage Road
as Watford beat West Ham United 2-0. He stabbed in a low cross from Nathan Ake
in the 39th minute after West Ham striker Andy Carroll had dallied in
possession and then curled home left-footed three minutes into the second half
when Ikechi Anya's cross was missed by visiting centre-back James Tomkins.
Ighalo has now scored seven goals this season, making him Watford's highest
ever scorer in the Premier League.
VICTOR WANYAMA (Southampton)
Wanyama was the only Southampton player unable to properly
celebrate the 2-0 win over local rivals Bournemouth after he was sent off late
in the game at St Mary's. Having been booked in the first half for a foul on
Adam Smith, the Kenyan midfielder needlessly slid in on Lee Tomlin in the 78th
minute and was shown a second yellow card by referee Craig Pawson.
CEDRIC BAKAMBU (Villarreal)
Democratic Republic of Congo striker Bakambu registered his
sixth goal in just 10 games for Villarreal with a neat finish from close range
as the Yellow Submarine snapped a three-game winless streak in La Liga thanks
to a 2-1 victory over Sevilla.
SOFIANE FEGHOULI (Valencia)
Algeria midfielder Feghouli scored and also won a penalty as
Valencia eased their recent woes with a 3-0 win over local rivals Levante.
KHOUMA BABACAR (Fiorentina)
The Senegalese striker got on the scoresheet in the 4-1 win
over Frosinone which put Fiorentina back on top in Serie A. His chipped penalty
on the half hour was his team's third goal of the afternoon.
MAJEED WARIS (Lorient)
The Ghanaian saw red in more ways than one as he was
dismissed after 43 minutes of a 2-2 draw at Guingamp. Waris, 24, was incensed
after being nudged off the ball by Jimmy Briand and retaliated by scything down
the Frenchman for which he received his marching orders before getting involved
in an altercation with Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankhare, who was also
BENJAMIN MOUKANDJO (Lorient)
The Cameroon striker snatched a point for Lorient in
stoppage time in a 2-2 draw against Brittany rivals Guingamp. Having earlier
equalised from the penalty spot at the Stade du Roudourou, Moukandjo netted his
second goal of the afternoon in the 93rd minute as he headed in Raphael
SADIO DIALLO (Bastia)
The Guinea international scored the only goal of the game in
Bastia's 1-0 home win over Caen. Diallo's curling free-kick on 31 minutes
eluded everyone, including visiting goalkeeper Remy Vercoutre, as it nestled in
the far corner to help the hosts end a run of three successive losses.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon striker squandered three clear chances as Dortmund
cut Bayern Munich's lead at the top of the Bundesliga table with a 3-1 win at
Werder Bremen. But Aubameyang remains the league's joint top scorer, alongside
Bayern's Robert Lewandowski, with 13 goals in 11 matches.
ANTHONY UJAH (Werder Bremen)
The Nigeria striker claimed his fifth goal of the season
with Werder Bremen's consolation in their 3-1 defeat at home to Borussia
Dortmund which saw them slip into the relegation places. Ujah profited when
Dortmund's Germany defender Matthias Ginter cleared off the line, but the ball
fell into the path of the Bremen man who enjoyed a simple tap-in from close
range to make it 1-1 after 32 minutes.
SALIF SANE (Hanover 96)
The Senegal midfielder scored Hanover's winner in their 2-1
comeback victory at Hamburg. After Hamburg took an early lead, Japan midfielder
Hiroshi Kiyotake converted a second-half penalty, then fired in the cross from
which Sane powered his header home.For
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