Paris - Algerian striker Riyad Mahrez produced a brace of
penalties for leaders Leicester City and Nigeria's Odion Ighalo helped Watford dispatch
Liverpool in the Premier League at the weekend.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)
Mahrez confirmed his current status as the Premier League's
pre-eminent attacking player with a brace of penalties as Leicester won 3-2 at
Everton to guarantee they will top the table on Christmas Day. He opened the
scoring in the 27th minute at a rain-soaked Goodison Park, tucking the ball
into the bottom-left corner after Ramiro Funes Mori had dragged Shinji Okazaki
down, and restored the visitors' lead in the 65th minute, following Romelu
Lukaku's equaliser, by finding the opposite bottom corner after Tim Howard had
upended Jamie Vardy. The Algeria international has now scored 13 goals in the
league this season.
ODION IGHALO (Watford)
The in-form Ighalo took his tally for the campaign to 12
goals with a brace as Watford pulled off a tremendous 3-0 home win over Jurgen
Klopp's Liverpool. The Nigeria striker scored Watford's second goal in the 15th
minute, running onto strike partner Troy Deeney's lobbed pass and drilling
home, before heading in a right-wing cross from Valon Behrami with five minutes
JORDAN AYEW (Aston Villa)
Ghana international Ayew scored a sensational 61st-minute
equaliser to earn bottom club Villa a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United. With Villa
trailing to Fabricio Coloccini's first-half opener, Ayew gathered a deep cross
from Jordan Veretout on the left side of the area, threw Daryl Janymaat with a
dummy back-heel and curled a glorious shot in off the right-hand post. It was
his fourth goal of the campaign.
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ANDRE AYEW (Swansea City)
Ayew was unable to follow his younger brother's lead as
managerless Swansea were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham United that kept them
in the relegation zone. The 26-year-old went close twice in the first half at
the Liberty Stadium, heading over and placing a shot narrowly wide with his
weaker right foot, but his influence faded as the match went on.
ERIC CHOUPO-MOTING (Schalke 04)
The Cameroon striker claimed only his third league goal of
the season in unorthodox fashion on Friday to help Schalke seal a 1-0 win over
Hoffenheim to go fifth in the league table. The 26-year-old scored the winner
in the 28th minute when his shot deflected off the boot of Hoffenheim's Czech defender
Pavel Kaderabek and flew into the back of the visitors' net.
SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)
The Ivory Coast striker claimed his ninth goal of the season
as Hertha Berlin beat Mainz 2-0 in the capital on Sunday to finish 2015 third
in the Bundesliga table. Kalou grabbed Hertha's second when a superb diagonal
pass from Vedad Ibisevic put him into space and the Ivory Coast striker held
off his marker to fire home on 54 minutes.
GIOVANNI SIO (Rennes)
Ivory Coast international striker Sio set up the opening
goal for Ousmane Dembele on 63 minutes with a sublime pass as Rennes won 2-0 at
Guingamp on Saturday. Dembele then returned the favour with 13 minutes left to
put Sio through one-on-one with goalkeeper Jonas Lossl. It was Sio's fifth goal
this season, four of which have come away from home.
FLOYD AYITE (Bastia)
Winger Ayite set the Corsicans on the road to a 2-0 victory
over Reims that lifted them three points clear of the relegation zone at the
halfway mark of the Ligue 1 season. The Togo international took a pass from
Seko Fofana on 21 minutes before slotting his third goal of the season into the
MOHAMED LABRI (Gazelec Ajaccio)
As the tiny Corsican side Gazelec Ajaccio feel their way
into their first top flight season, Tunisian midfielder Labri scored a decisive
brace in Sunday's 2-1 victory over faltering Lyon. His first on 32 minutes came
from sheer opportunism while his second on 67 minutes finished off a rapier
counter-attack as David Ducourtioux played him in on Lyon goalkeeper Anthony
Lopes. The goals took Labri's total to six goals this season.
NORDIN AMRABAT, CARLOS KAMENI (Malaga)
Moroccan forward Amrabat set up the winning goal for Charles
while Cameroonian goalkeeper Kameni kept his fifth clean sheet of the season as
Malaga eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over La Liga pace-setters
Atletico Madrid on Sunday.
UMAR SADIQ (Roma)
It may be crisis time at Roma, but the joys of the beautiful
game were written large on the face of 18-year-old Nigerian Sadiq when he
headed Roma's second goal in a 2-0 win over Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on
Sunday. Umar replaced Egyptian international Mohamed Salah with only eight
minutes remaining and the score at 1-0 as Roma sought to end a four-game
winless streak. But the towering teenager kept his composure in the final
minute to meet a cross from deep on the left and power a header past Mattia
Perin for his maiden Serie A goal.For
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