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Wanyama, Ayew score, Iwobi outstanding

11 April 2016, 21:57

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



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.



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.


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.



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 season.

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