Several African players, and not necessarily strikers, like the Moroccan defender Nayef Agfuerd, scored important goals over the weekend.
In England, during the 29th day, Liverpool (8th) lost heavily to Manchester City (1-4), while the Egyptian Mohamed Salah had opened the score. A goal by Moroccan Nayef Aguerd allowed West Ham United (14th) to win (1-0) against FC Southampton.
In Spain (27th day), Sevilla (13th) won an important victory in Cadiz (2-0), thanks to a goal of Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri. Villarreal (6th) won (2-0), against Real Sociedad with a goal from Nicolas Jackson from Senegal.
In France (29th day), the Senegalese Mbaye Niang gave Auxerre (17th) an important victory in the fight for survival against Troyes (1-0). Reims (7th) won clearly at Nantes (3-0) with a goal of the Zimbabwean Marshall Munetsi. Angers (20th) and Nice (8th) drew 1-1. Senegalese Ibrahima Niane scored for SCO, Nigerian Terem Moffi for Aiglons. Lorient (9th) lost at Lille (1-3) despite a goal from Malian Ibrahima Koné. RC Strasbourg (16th) lost at Monaco (3-4), despite the South African Lebo Mothiba and the Senegalese Habib Diallo, who both scored. Finally, Beninese Steve Mounié scored one of the three goals of Brest (15th) against Toulouse (3-1).
On the occasion of the 28th day of the Italian championship, Atalanta Bergamo (6th) won a big victory at Cremonese (3-1), with a new goal of Nigerian Ademola Lookman. Bologna (8th) easily beat Udinese (3-0), with a goal from Gambian Musa Barrow.
In Belgium (31st day), the Nigerian Gift Orban scored two more goals in the large victory of La Gantoise (4th) at Seraing (5-0). Charleroi (9th) won at Westerlo (3-2), with a goal from Ivorian Issuf Bayo and Senegalese Youssouph Badji.
In the Netherlands (27th day), Emmen (15th) beat Cambuur (27th) with a goal from Moroccan Ahmed El Messaoudi. His compatriot Oussama Tannane, despite a double, could not prevent the defeat of NEC Nijmegen (10th) against PSV Eindhoven (4-2).
In Switzerland (26th day), Servette Geneva (2nd) beat (2-1) Young Boys Berne (1st) with a new goal from the Ivorian Chris Bedia, while the Cameroonian Jean-Pierre Nsamé scored for the Boys. FC Sion (9th) won in Lucerne (2-1) with a goal from Ivorian Giovanni Sio. St. Gallen (3rd) and FC Zurich (8th) drew (2-2). One of the two goals of the hosts was scored by Ivorian Emmanuel Latte Lath, while the visitors’ goals were scored by Beninese Tosin Ayegun and Congolese (DRC) Jonathan Okita.
The 27th day of the Turkish championship has allowed several African players to shine. This was the case during the Istanbul derby, won by Besiktas (3rd) at Fenerbahce (4-2), with Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar scoring the last goal for his team. Kayserispor (7th) owes a lot to their Africans after their victory at Trabzonspor (4-3), as Senegalese Mame Thiam, Ghanaian Bernard Mensah (from the penalty spot) and Guinea-Bissau’s Carlos Mané each scored a goal. Konyaspor (8th) drew at Ümraniyespor (2-2) with a goal from the inevitable Senegalese Mame Biram Diouf. The Algerian Zinédine Ferhat scored for Alanyaspor (12th) at Giresunspor (2-2).
In Albania (27th day), Partizan Tirana (1st) won at Teuta Durres (2-0) with a goal from Nigerian Christian Mba. Ghanaian Richard Dwamena scored one of the three goals of Egnatia (3rd) against Kukesi (3-0), while Mtalien Saliou Guindo reduced the score for Laçi (8th), which lost in Kastrioti (1-2).
In the Caucasus, and more precisely in Armenia (25th day), Ararat-Armenia (2nd) clearly beat FC Noha (3-0) with a double from Ivorian Wilfried Ezé, while Nigerian Yusuf Otubanjo scored one of the three goals of Pyunik Erevan (3rd) against BKMA (3-0).
In Azerbaijan (day 28), Nigeria’s Abdullahi Shuaibu helped Kapaz (7th) dominate Sabail (1-0). Despite a goal from Cameroonian Wankewai Rooney, Turan (6th) lost at home to Sumqayit (2-3).
In Denmark (play-offs), Midtjylland (7th) dominated Odense (3-1) with a goal from Nigerian Edward Chilufyu, while Viborg (2nd) beat Broindby (3-0) with a goal from Tunisian Elias Achouri.
In Estonia (day 4), a goal from Ghanaian Abdul Yusif allowed Paide (5th) to dominate Harju JK (1-0).
In Hungary (day 25), Mol Fehervar (10th) held Ferencvaros (1st) to a 2-2 draw thanks to Cape Verdean Stopira. Zalaegerszeg (8th) lost to Ujpest (2-3) despite a goal from Nigerian Meshak Ubochioma. In Israel (day 28), Ashdod (4th) got the better of Netanya (3-2) with a goal from Ghanaian Zakaria Mugeese.
Nigeria’s Otto John scored again in the 27th round of the Kosovo championship as sixth-placed Dukagjini beat Ferizaj 3-1. In Latvia (day 3), Senegalese Djibril Gueye scored twice as fourth-placed Valmiera beat Auda 4-0. Daugavpils BFC (5th) clearly dominated Super Nova (3-0), with a goal from the Ivorian Ismaël Diomandé.
In the 5th day of the Lithuanian championship, Hegelman crushed Banga (5-0) with a goal from Nigerian Samuel Odeoibo.
In Luxembourg (27th day), Moroccan Samir Hadji scored twice as Dudelange (2nd) won at Differdange (4-0), while his compatriot El Hassane M’Barki helped Mondercange (13th) beat Hostert (1-0).
In Malta (23rd day), Hamrun Spartans (1st) easily defeated Balzan (4-0) with a goal of the Congolese (DRC) Elvis Mashike.
In the play-offs of maintenance in Moldova, Dinamo-Auto crushed Falesti on the road (8-1), with doubles from Nigerians Chukwudi Ndukwe and Peter Kings, a goal from Guinean Amadou Bah and another from Equato-Guinean Javier Mum.
In the Czech Republic (25th day), Zlin crushed Ceske (5-1) with a goal from Cameroonian Joss Didiba. Guinea’s Sekou Camara helped Botosani draw at Hermanstadt (1-1) in Romania (play-off), while Nigeria’s Funsho Bamgboye scored for Rapid Bucharest against Farul Constanta (1-1).
Finally, in Serbia (28th day), Red Star Belgrade (1st) dominated Mladost GAT (4-2) with a penalty from Gabonese Guélor Kanga. Radnik 1923 (8th) was held in check by Spartak Subotica (2-2), despite a goal from Nigerian Geoffrey Chinedu.
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