Johannesburg - Yaya Toure made a dramatic return to the
English Premier League at the weekend by scoring both goals for Manchester City
in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.
It was the first league start of the season for the giant
Ivorian midfielder after being sidelined over a row between his agent and
manager Pep Guardiola.
Another African to bag a Premier League brace -- his first
since 2006 -- was Nigerian Victor Anichebe for Sunderland in a 3-0 victory
against Hull City.
YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)
Surprisingly picked to start for City at Crystal Palace
after three months in cold storage, Toure made a storming return to first-team
action by scoring twice to earn Pep Guardiola's side a 2-1 win. The Ivorian put
City ahead in the 39th minute, swapping passes with Nolito before blasting in
with a deflected shot, and gave the visitors victory -- after Connor Wickham
had equalised -- by tucking away Kevin De Bruyne's corner seven minutes from time.
Guardiola confirmed after the game that Toure's period in exile was over.
VICTOR ANICHEBE (Sunderland)
Nigerian striker Anichebe scored his first Premier League
brace since December 2006 as Sunderland crushed fellow strugglers Hull 3-0 to
close to within three points of safety. The 28-year-old former Everton player
netted Sunderland's second goal in the 62nd minute, gathering Patrick van
Aanholt's pass and scoring at the near post with his left foot, before
bludgeoning home from Jermain Defoe's pass in the 84th minute to seal victory.
PAPY DJILOBODJI (Sunderland)
The only black spot for Sunderland manager David Moyes was a
late red card shown to Senegalese centre-back Djilobodji for two bookable
offences. The former Chelsea defender was cautioned for going through the back
of Dieumerci Mbokani in the first half and received his marching orders late on
following a needless foul on Jarrod Bowen.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
Mahrez scored his first league goal since the season's
opening day, but it came in a losing cause as Leicester lost 2-1 at Watford --
the champions' sixth defeat of the campaign. The Algeria winger, England's
reigning Player of the Year, blasted a penalty past Heurelho Gomes in the 15th
minute after Jamie Vardy had been sent sprawling by Miguel Britos, but by then
Watford had already scored the goals that would bring them victory.
VICTOR MOSES (Chelsea)
Nigerian flier Moses was named man of the match after a
storming display in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough that sent Chelsea to the top of
the table. Installed at right wing-back in Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system, Moses
has helped Chelsea record six consecutive clean sheets, but it was his
attacking qualities that were in evidence at the Riverside Stadium. His forward
runs helped to create chances for Pedro Rodriguez and Marcos Alonso and he
might have scored in the second half after galloping the length of the pitch to
get on the end of Diego Costa's pass, only to lift his shot over the bar.
CARLOS KAMENI (Malaga)
Cameroonian veteran goalkeeper Kameni produced a sublime
performance to keep Barcelona scoreless at the Camp Nou for the first time in
La Liga for nearly two years as nine-man Malaga clung on for a 0-0 draw. The
pick of Kameni's saves came deep into stoppage time with an incredible reflex
stop to deny Neymar's header. Kameni was also in goal the last time Barca drew
a blank in February 2015 when Malaga claimed a shock 1-0 win in the Catalan
MEHDI CARCELA (Granada)
Moroccan winger Carcela fired home his third goal of the
season, but it wasn't enough to deliver Granada's first win of the season after
a 1-1 draw at Valencia. Carcela broke clear and kept his composure to fire high
past Diego Alves in first-half stoppage time, but Nani's second-half leveller
leaves Granada still rooted to the foot of the table.
AISSA MANDI (Real Betis)
Algerian international Mandi netted his first Betis goal as
Victor Sanchez's reign got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Las
Palmas. Both goals came from corners with Mandi bundling the ball home from
close range for just Betis' second home win of the season.
MOHAMED SALAH (Roma)
Barely a fortnight after hitting his maiden league
hat-trick, Salah went from hero to zero for Roma's ambitious fans after
spurning a number of first-half chances that proved costly in a 2-1 defeat to
Atalanta. Salah had followed his Roma triple against Bologna by hitting the
opener, from the spot, for Egypt in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Ghana
FRANK KESSIE (Atalanta)
Kessie signalled his Serie A arrival in sensational fashion
with four goals in as many games from the start of the season -- then the goals
dried up. The 19-year-old Ivorian ended his drought amid an impressive
performance that helped secure Atalanta's sixth win in seven consecutive games
and moved them up to fifth, only eight points off leaders Juventus. When
Atalanta won a 90th-minute penalty, Kessie stepped up to send Wojciech Szczesny
the wrong way and secure the points.
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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon star was Dortmund's hero in their 1-0 win over
Bayern Munich, scoring the only goal in front of 81,000 fans when he touched in
a low ball across goal by Mario Goetze. It was his 12th Bundesliga goal of the
season and the victory left Dortmund third.
NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)
The pocket-size midfielder earned rave reviews for his
performance in Leipzig's 3-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen that took the promoted
side to the top of the table. The 21-year-old Guinea international, who has
previously played in France and Austria, set up Emil Forsberg's strike that
made it 2-2 before the visitors got a late winner.
IBRAHIMA TRAORE (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
The Guinea winger set up Lars Stindl's opener for Gladbach
in their derby against Cologne and later struck the bar with a free-kick in a
match his side lost 2-1.
STEVIE MOUNIE (Montpellier)
Capped five times for Benin, the 22-year-old striker scored
in the 55th minute to cancel out his Tunisian teammate Ellyes Skhiri's
first-half own goal and earn Montpellier a 1-1 draw at Bastia.For
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