Johannesburg - Nigerian Victor Moses scored the most crucial
of the four African goals in the English Premier League at the weekend as it
kept Chelsea top of the table.
Reborn as a wing-back after years fulfilling an orthodox
winger role, the 25-year-old maintained outstanding form by scoring the winner
in a 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.
Reigning African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang became the leading German Bundesliga scorer this season after his
However, the Gabon striker could not prevent Borussia
Dortmund losing 2-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea)
Revitalised as a right wing-back in Chelsea's 3-4-3 system,
Nigeria international Moses underlined his importance to manager Antonio Conte
with the winning goal in a steely 2-1 comeback success against Tottenham. The
25-year-old found the net early in the second half, steaming in from the right
flank to meet Diego Costa's low cross with a first-time shot that found the net
via Hugo Lloris's right foot and Jan Vertonghen's right thigh. It was his
fourth goal of the season and it gave Chelsea a seventh successive win.
DIAFRA SAKHO (West Ham United)
Senegalese striker Sakho opened his account for the season
with a quick-fire goal as West Ham recorded a creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester
United. The 26-year-old opened the scoring after just 90 seconds at Old
Trafford, ghosting into the area to plant a header past United goalkeeper David
de Gea from Dimitri Payet's right-wing free-kick.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
Mahrez, the reigning Professional Footballers' Association
Player of the Year, scored his third penalty in three outings as champions
Leicester were held to a 2-2 draw by Middlesbrough at the King Power Stadium.
The Algeria winger is yet to score from open play in the league this season,
but he remains deadly from 12 yards and cancelled out Alvaro Negredo's opener
with his latest spot-kick after Calum Chambers was penalised for handball.
ISLAM SLIMANI (Leicester City)
Leicester avoided succumbing to a seventh defeat of the
campaign thanks to the ice-cool composure of Mahrez's Algeria team-mate
Slimani. The former Sporting Lisbon striker replaced the misfiring Jamie Vardy
in the 65th minute and earned Leicester a point with a last-gasp 94th-minute
penalty after Negredo had put visitors Boro in front for a second time. It was
Slimani's fifth goal for Leicester.
DIEUMERCI MBOKANI (Hull City)
Democratic Republic of Congo striker Mbokani played a key
role as struggling Hull avoided falling to a ninth defeat in 11 games in a 1-1
draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. Trailing to Gareth McAuley's first-half
opener, Hull levelled in the 72nd minute when Mbokani climbed to nod down
Robert Snodgrass's free-kick for Michael Dawson, who steered home the equaliser
via the post.
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MOHAMED SALAH (Roma)
Roma scraped past Pescara 3-2, but despite his best
intentions Salah played an uncharacteristically minor role for Luciano
Spalletti's men as they held on to all three points to remain second, just four
points behind leaders Juventus. Salah was his usual energetic self but had a
flawed performance at the Stadio Olimpico that was capped by a late shot on
goal from a Francesco Totti assist that the Egyptian hit into the side-netting.
KEITA BALDE (Lazio)
Keita has taken on greater importance for resurgent Lazio
this season, but flashes of individual brilliance from the Senegal forward were
few and far between in a dominant 1-0 win over Palermo that handed the
Sicilians a club record seventh defeat on the trot. Keita notably blasted the
ball over the crossbar late on as the hosts sought, in vain, to transform their
superiority into goals.
NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)
The Guinea midfielder opened the scoring in Leipzig's 4-1
win at Freiburg, which saw the Bundesliga leaders finish the weekend three
points clear of Bayern Munich. From a short corner, Keita drilled his shot into
the right corner from 25 metres with just two minutes gone at the Schwarzwald
Stadion to claim his fourth league goal of the season.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon striker became the top scorer in Germany when he
netted his 13th goal of the season, but his Borussia Dortmund team crashed to a
2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. 'Auba' headed home Ousmane Dembele's cross
on 77 minutes to put Dortmund level only for Haris Seferovic to score
Frankfurt's winner 66 seconds from the restart.
ERIC CHOUPO-MOTING (Schalke 04)
The Cameroon forward atoned for a first-half penalty miss
with Schalke's second goal in their 3-1 win at home to Darmstadt to continue
their rise in the table. After setting up Schalke's equaliser from Sead
Kolasinac in the opening period, the 27-year-old made it 2-1 midway through the
second half after his penalty attempt had crashed off the boots of the
SERGE AURIER (Paris Saint-Germain)
The Ivory Coast defender was recalled to the PSG team after
missing the midweek Champions League draw with Arsenal when British authorities
refused him entry because of a conviction for assaulting a police officer in
Paris this year. The right-back started and played 90 minutes as the reigning
champions beat Lyon 2-1.
FRANCOIS KAMANO (Bordeaux)
The Guinea forward played a starring role in Bordeaux's 3-2
win at home to Dijon. He came off the bench for the second half and watched his
side fall 2-1 down before heading in an 88th-minute equaliser and then bundling
home a stoppage-time winner.
NICOLAS PEPE (Angers)
It has been quite a few weeks for the 21-year-old forward.
He made his Ivory Coast debut in a 0-0 friendly draw in France -- the land of
his birth -- on November 15 and followed that up by scoring his first goal in
Ligue 1 in a 1-1 draw at Rennes four days later. He started against
Saint-Etienne at the weekend and had quite an impact, winning a penalty that
was missed by Senegalese team-mate Famara Diedhiou and then opening the
scoring. But Angers lost 2-1. For
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