Paris - Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa and Liverpool’s Sadio
Mane both shone when they made their debuts for their respective clubs as the
English Premier League kicks off a new season at the weekend.
Sadio Mane began repaying the 34 million pounds ($44
million, 39 million euros) fee Liverpool splashed out to lure him from
Southampton by scoring in a 4-3 English Premier League triumph over Arsenal.
The Senegalese sharpshooter notched a stunning individual
goal in London on his Liverpool Premier league debut as the most popular
football league in the world kicked off at the weekend.
Another African to impress was Egyptian defender Ahmed
Elmohamady, who set up the winner with a marauding run and cross as promoted
Hull City won 2-1 against defending champions Leicester City.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
Algeria winger Mahrez was elected the Professional
Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year last season after his 17
goals and 12 assists inspired Leicester to their 5,000-1 title triumph. He
opened his account for this season with a 47th-minute penalty at Hull, slamming
the ball past Eldin Jakupovic after Tom Huddlestone had been penalised for
clipping Demarai Gray (an offence that appeared to have occurred outside the
area). Mahrez's goal cancelled out Adama Diomande's opener, but Robert
Snodgrass restored the hosts' lead to give Hull a shock 2-1 win.
AHMED MUSA (Leicester City)
Musa made his competitive debut for Leicester at Hull
following his club-record 16.6 million pounds transfer from CSKA Moscow and he
was manager Claudio Ranieri's brightest player on what was otherwise a day to
forget for the champions. Twice the Nigeria forward's pace and trickery
culminated in sights of goal for strike partner Jamie Vardy, but the England
striker fluffed his lines on both occasions, first with an embarrassing
air-shot, then with an uncontrolled effort that sailed over the bar.
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AHMED ELMOHAMADY (Hull City)
Back in the top flight after a season in the Championship,
Egyptian flier Elmohamady played a crucial role as crisis club Hull -- without
a permanent manager following Steve Bruce's resignation and able to name only
13 senior players in their match-day squad -- stunned Leicester at the KCOM
Stadium. It was his marauding run from right-back that yielded Snodgrass's
57th-minute winner. Elmohamady's cross was only partially cleared by Danny
Simpson and Snodgrass pounced on the loose ball to rifle a shot past Kasper
SADIO MANE (Liverpool)
Senegal forward Mane opened his Liverpool account with a
stunning individual goal as Jurgen Klopp's side edged Arsenal 4-3 in a
pulsating game at the Emirates Stadium. The visitors were 3-1 up in the 63rd
minute when Mane drove down the right wing and cut between Arsenal defenders
Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers before rifling a left-foot shot into the
top-left corner. The former Southampton player celebrated by taking a ride on
ALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)
With Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud still building up fitness
after their exploits at Euro 2016, 20-year-old Nigerian forward Iwobi was
handed a starting berth on the left flank by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He
created the hosts' opening goal in the 31st minute with an incisive pass inside
Alberto Moreno for Theo Walcott, who drilled home. But Iwobi was forced off by
a thigh injury in the second half as the home side capitulated.
BENJAMIN MOUKANDJO (Lorient)
The Cameroon striker netted twice inside the opening 20
minutes of a French Ligue 1 match at Caen. Moukandjo converted a low cross from
Ghana international Majeed Waris to put Lorient ahead and then doubled the lead
from the penalty spot. However, his brace came in a losing effort as Lorient
threw away a two-goal lead in a painful 3-2 defeat.
RYAD BOUDEBOUZ (Montpellier)
The Algeria midfielder delivered the only goal in a 1-0 home
win over Angers. Boudebouz carved out space on the edge of the area with some
neat footwork before curling a superb left-foot strike inside the far post
after just eight minutes.
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