Egyptian Mohamed Salah shot to the highest of the Premier League Golden Boot race by bagging a brace on the weekend as Liverpool demolished Crystal Palace 7-0.
The 28-year-old sharpshooter has averaged a purpose a sport for the reason that league season kicked off, netting 13 instances in 13 outings for the defending champions.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and Jamie Vardy (Leicester) are scorching on the heels of Salah with 11 objectives every.
Right here, AFP Sport rounds up the performances of African stars within the main European leagues.
SADIO MANE, MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)
Mane and Salah shone as Liverpool smashed Palace 7-0 to take command of the Premier League title race. After 9 video games and not using a purpose, Mane ended his longest drought since becoming a member of Liverpool with a wonderful flip and shot into the underside nook to offer the guests a 2-0 lead. The Senegalese was sad to get replaced by Salah 10 minutes into the second half. The Egyptian produced contrasting finishes late on as he stooped to move dwelling after a nook after which curled a superb shot into the highest nook.
NICOLAS PEPE (Arsenal)
Within the absence of Gabon talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by damage, Pepe took duty from the penalty spot to attain Arsenal’s purpose in one other damaging 2-1 defeat for the Gunners at Everton. Regardless of scoring for simply the second time within the league this season, Pepe did little to impress Mikel Arteta because the Ivorian was changed 19 minutes from time along with his facet desperately searching for an equaliser.
BERTRAND TRAORE (Aston Villa)
Traore scored his first Premier League purpose since becoming a member of Villa from Lyon and teed up Anwar el Ghazi’s opener as their superb season continued with a 3-0 win at struggling West Brom. The Burkina Faso worldwide coolly slotted Jack Grealish’s go into the far nook for Villa’s second purpose six minutes from time as they rose to ninth with video games in hand on all the perimeters above them.
DJENE DAKONAM (Getafe)
The Togo defender put in an assured efficiency as he captained his Getafe facet to an important 2-0 win at Cadiz. The win moved Dakonam’s facet out of the La Liga relegation zone and into eleventh place.
FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)
Ivorian Kessie will miss Serie A leaders AC Milan’s ultimate sport of the yr in opposition to Lazio on Wednesday after being yellow-carded of their 2-1 win over Sassuolo.
Nigerian ahead Simy pulled a purpose again for all-time low Crotone from the penalty spot simply earlier than the break, however the promoted facet fell 3-1 at Sampdoria, their ninth defeat in 13 video games.
TAIWO AWONIYI (Union Berlin)
The Liverpool loanee slipped his marker to offer Union Berlin the lead in a 2-1 dwelling win in opposition to Borussia Dortmund, whose title hopes suffered a contemporary dent. Having additionally scored within the 2-2 draw with Stuttgart the earlier weekend, the 23-year-old Nigeria worldwide claimed his fourth purpose in six video games for Union with a robust header.
SALIF SANE (Schalke 04)
The Senegal centre-back was at fault when Bielefeld captain Fabian Klos outleapt him from a cross and headed what proved to be the profitable purpose in Schalke’s 1-0 dwelling defeat, which prolonged their winless streak to 29 video games. Sane, 30, has a contract till June 2022 however may properly be enjoying second division soccer subsequent season with Schalke presently backside of the league and simply two matches in need of the league file for the longest winless run, held by Tasmania Berlin since 1965/66.
EDMOND TAPSOBA (Bayer Leverkusen)
The Burkina Faso defender appeared crestfallen on the ultimate whistle after Robert Lewandowski’s last-gasp purpose sealed a 2-1 win at Leverkusen, which took Bayern Munich to the highest of the Bundesliga. After Patrik Schick gave Leverkusen an early lead, Tapsoba was at fault for Lewandowski’s first purpose simply earlier than half-time after shedding possession.
TINO KADEWERE (Lyon)
Zimbabwe attacker Kadewere starred as a Lyon facet branded “magnificent” by coach Rudi Garcia briefly topped Ligue 1 on Saturday. The 24-year-old scored and arrange Cameroon’s Karl Toko Ekambi in a 4-1 win at Good, and though Lille retook high spot on Sunday evening, Lyon at the moment are unbeaten in 13 matches within the French high flight and look real challengers to Paris Saint-Germain’s crown.
KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Lyon)
Ahead Toko Ekambi has now scored eight Ligue 1 objectives in 14 appearances this season after gobbling up Kadewere’s squared go into the field within the 63rd minute of Lyon’s demolition of Good. The 28-year-old is simply three strikes behind the league’s main marksman Kylian Mbappe in his first season as a everlasting Lyon signing.