Paris - Goals were hard to come by for African players in
the English Premier League, but Stephane Sessegnon was instrumental in West
Brom's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.
In Germany the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the
net again for Borussia Dortmund, while in Spain Angolan international Manucho
scored twice in six minutes for Rayo Vallecano in a 2-2 draw at Real Betis.
STEPHANE SESSEGNON (West Bromwich Albion)
Sessegnon created what proved to be the decisive goal as
West Brom overcame Crystal Palace 3-2. Following a neat build-up, the Benin
midfielder floated a pass into the box from wide on the right and Burundi-born
striker Saido Berahino met it with a flying left-foot volley to put West Brom
3-0 up in the 31st minute. Palace twice hit back through Connor Wickham, but
the hosts held on for victory.
BABA RAHMAN (Chelsea)
Ghanaian left-back Rahman endured an afternoon to forget in
his side's 2-1 victory at Southampton. The 21-year-old inadvertently gifted
Shane Long the opening goal by heading the ball straight into the Irishman's
path and was taken off at half-time, before Chelsea hit back to win in the
second half. "I could say he was injured, but he was just taken off
because of that (mistake)," admitted Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink.
RUDY GESTEDE (Aston Villa)
Bottom club Villa slipped closer to the Championship after a
2-1 defeat at Stoke City, but Gestede did at least claim an assist of sorts.
The Benin striker, a 77th-minute replacement for Jordan Veretout, made a hash
of gathering Aly Cissokho's left-wing cross, but with Stoke's defenders
appealing for handball against him, Leandro Bacuna rolled the loose ball home.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
One of the season's star men, Mahrez struggled to make
inroads as Norwich City sat deep and invited the league leaders to attack them
at the King Power Stadium. The Algerian winger produced some trademark jinks
and dribbles, but it was left to substitute Leonardo Ulloa to net an
89th-minute winner in a hard-earned 1-0 victory.
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MANUCHO (Rayo Vallecano)
Angolan international Manucho scored twice in six minutes
after coming on as a half-time substitute to rescue a 2-2 draw for Rayo
Vallecano at Real Betis and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.
YOUSSEF EL ARABI (Granada)
Moroccan forward El Arabi became Granada's all-time leading
scorer in the Spanish top-flight with his 35th La Liga strike from the penalty
spot to hand the Andalusians a vital 1-0 win at Deportivo la Coruna in their
battle against relegation.
ANTHONY UJAH (Werder Bremen)
The Nigeria striker claimed his ninth league goal of the
season to give Werder Bremen the opener in their 2-2 draw with Darmstadt before
Claudio Pizarro rescued a point for the hosts with a 89th minutes header. Ujah
slotted home on 33 minutes after some good work from Mali midfielder Sambou
Yatabare before the 37-year-old Pizarro's header at the death rescued the hosts
SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)
The Ivory Coast striker produced his first assist of the
season as his pass led to Vedad Ibisevic's winner in a 1-0 victory at Cologne.
Kalou, who has scored nine goals this season, spotted Ibisevic unmarked in the
area to fire home just before halftime for his third goal this season against
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)
The Gabon striker netted second-placed Dortmund's final goal
as they scored three in the final ten minutes to seal a fightback victory in a
3-1 win over ten-man Hoffenheim. In added time, Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled the
visitors goalkeeper off his line to give 'Auba' a simple tap in and claim his
22nd league goal of the season to leave him one behind top-scorer Robert
Lewandowski of Bayern Munich.
SADIO DIALLO (Bastia)
Guinea international Diallo scored Bastia's opening goal in
a 2-0 victory at Nice. The 25-year-old curled home a superb free-kick on 61
minutes for his second goal of the season as the Corsican outfit recorded their
third win in a row.
MAJEED WARIS (Lorient)
Ghanaian striker Waris struck after just three minutes at
Troyes to power Lorient to a 1-0 win against the league's bottom side. It was
also the third goal in two matches for the 24-year-old, who upped his season's
haul to seven.
MOHAMED SALAH (Roma)
Salah has had sparkling form for Roma of late, but his run
of good luck came to an abrupt end at the Carlo Castellani stadium on Saturday
where the Egyptian was below his usual best. Thankfully for the Giallorossi,
Stephan El Shaarawy - the Italy international who is half-Egyptian -- was on
great form and hit his first brace for the club in a 3-1 win that sent Luciano
Spalletti's men provisional third.For
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