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Aubameyang scores again, brace for Manucho

29 February 2016, 18:18

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.


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.

Also read: In-form Aubameyang sets sights on hapless Hanover


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.


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 on Saturday.

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 Cologne.


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.



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.


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.



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.

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