Performances of African football stars in major European leagues
A weekend roundup of the performances of African stars in the major European football leagues.
Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez scored three goals to help Manchester City demolish Burnley 5-0 at the weekend to move within six points of English Premier League frontrunners Tottenham Hotspur.
The 2016 African Footballer of the Year, famed for his lethal left foot, completed the treble at the Etihad Stadium with a rare headed goal.
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was substituted by Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloppduring a 1-1 draw at Brighton. Salah has failed to score in his two appearances since returning from Egypt after contracting Covid-19.
Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to score for a third successive game as Arsenal crashed to a 2-1 home defeat against Wolves.
Aubameyang started in the central striker role, but he failed to inspire his team with a lacklustre display. Aubameyang has scored just twice in his last 10 appearances in all competitions.
Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri notched for the fifth time in six games for Sevilla as he hit a late winner in the 1-0 victory at Huesca. En-Nesyri struck seven minutes from time after coming on as a substitute, tapping in a Lucas Ocampos cross at the near post.
Ivorian forward Franck Yannick Kessié set up Alessio Romagnoli for the opener after 17 minutes. He added a second goal from the penalty spot 10 minutes later as AC Milan extended their lead on top of Serie A with a 2-0 win over Fiorentina.
Togo striker Ihlas Bebou scored a second-half equaliser to earn Hoffenheim a point at Mainz despite Dennis Geiger being shown a red card in the final 10 minutes at the OPEL-Arena on Sunday.
Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri scored both goals in Cologne's 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund to break their 18-match winless run. Skhiri tapped in twice from corners by ex-Dortmund winger Marius Wolf after being left unmarked on each occasion.
Democratic Republic of Congo winger Silas Wamangituka set up Stuttgart teammate Tanguy Coulibaly for a goal against Bayern Munich. But the visiting team fought back for a 3-1 away win.
Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi scored the opener in Lyon's 3-0 win over Reims and provided a pair of assists.
Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri won and converted a disputed penalty as Saint-Etienne halted an alarming seven-match losing run with a 1-1 draw at home to Lille. Khazri's first goal this season earned his side a first point in the league since September 20.