Wanyama, Ayew score, Iwobi outstanding
Johannesburg - Kenya captain and midfielder Victor Wanyama
scored as Southampton kept alive hopes of European football next season with a
3-1 win over relegation-threatened Newcastle United at the weekend.
Ghanaian Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa and Beninese Stephane
Sessegnon of West Bromwich Albion were other African scorers in the English
Premier League, but their clubs lost.
Congolese Cedric Bakambu raised his all-competitions goal
tally in Spain this season to 20 with the second as Villarreal beat Getafe 2-0
in La Liga.
JORDAN AYEW (Aston Villa)
The Ghana striker was on target five minutes from time when
he scored from the edge of the penalty area, but his goal could not spark a
fightback as bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa were beaten 2-1 at home by
Bournemouth to slip closer to relegation from the Premier League.
STEPHANE SESSEGNON (West Bromwich Albion)
His goal saw the Baggies open the scoring against Manchester
City when the Benin midfielder beat England goalkeeper Joe Hart with a
half-volley from 20 yards after six minutes at the Etihad Stadium. But his
second goal of the season could not prevent City coming back to win 2-1.
VICTOR WANYAMA (Southampton)
After three red cards already this season, the Kenya
midfielder scored the Saints' third in a 3-1 win at home to Newcastle that
pushed the Magpies nearer the drop, when he latched onto a rebound after
Graziano Pelle's goal-bound effort was blocked 10 minutes into the second half
at St Mary's.
ALEX IWOBI (Arsenal)
The Nigerian teenager could not make it three goals in as
many games, but was influential nonetheless in a 3-3 draw away to London rivals
West Ham that all but scuppered the Gunners' title hopes. His pass set up Mesut
Ozil for an 18th-minute goal that broke the deadlock at Upton Park and he was
the provider again when his superb lofted ball found Alexis Sanchez, who duly
made it 2-0 before the break. But West Ham were level before half-time when striker
Andy Carroll scored the first two goals of an eventual hat-trick.
Also read: Arsenal to drop three players for Ighalo, Aubameyang, Wanyama
CEDRIC BAKAMBU (Villarreal)
Democratic Republic of Congo striker Bakambu continued his
brilliant debut season in Spain as he bundled home Villarreal's second in a
comfortable 2-0 win over Getafe to take his tally in all competitions for the
season to 20.
PAPE DIOP (Espanyol)
Senegalese midfielder Diop scored for the third consecutive
game for Espanyol, but could not prevent the Catalans suffering their first
defeat in five games as Atletico Madrid won 3-1 to move just three points
behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.
KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)
With only a handful of substitute appearances this season,
Asamoah jumped at the chance for a rare start with Juventus. But despite a 2-1
win at AC Milan that maintained the Turin giants' six-point lead over title
rivals Napoli, it was far from the Ghanaian's best performance for the
champions. Asamoah's heart and commitment were faultless, but a month on from
his last start amid what has been an injury-hit season, his woes continued when
he hobbled off to be replaced by Frenchman Patrice Evra five minutes from time.
KEITA BALDE (Lazio)
Miroslav Klose was a happy man after hitting a double in a
3-0 rout of Palermo but a lot of the credit went to Senegalese striker Balde,
whose pace, energy and movement in the final third of the pitch gave Germany's
2014 World Cup hero, and other Lazio players, regular scoring options in a
one-sided affair marred by fan violence and flare-throwing, prompting two
stoppages. Klose needed no help with his first of the game and 50th in Serie A
on 10 minutes, but it was Balde's deflected cross off keeper Stefano Sorrentino
that gave the German an easy header at the back post five minutes later.
ELDERSON ECHIEJILE (Monaco)
The 28-year-old Nigeria defender was sent off after 63
minutes in the game at Lille where Monaco lost 4-1, suffering a major blow in
their pursuit of Champions League football next season. The 50-cap full-back
was red-carded for a reckless challenge on Sebastien Corchia. At that stage,
the score was 1-0 but Lille then hit three goals in 20 second-half minutes.
SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)
The Ivory Coast striker rescued a point for third-place
Hertha Berlin with a late equaliser to keep them on course for a Champions
League place next season in a 2-2 draw at home to bottom side Hanover 96. Kalou
needed two attempts to stab home on 72 minutes for his 14th league goal of the
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