Mohamed Salah grew to become the primary Liverpool participant to attain 20 Premier League objectives in three completely different seasons when he netted in a 1-1 residence draw in opposition to Newcastle United on the weekend.
After bagging 32 league objectives within the 2017-18 season and 22 the next marketing campaign, the Egyptian reached the 20-goal mark this time period, leaving him one behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur within the chase for the Golden Boot.
Salah was voted African Footballer of the 12 months twice and one other former winner, Algerian Riyad Mahrez, was named man of the match after serving to Manchester Metropolis beat Tottenham 1-0 within the League Cup last.
Right here, AFP Sport rounds up the performances of Africans within the main European leagues:
MOHAMED SALAH, SADIO MANE (Liverpool)
Salah’s gorgeous contact and end to fireplace Liverpool into an early lead in opposition to Newcastle was not sufficient for the Reds, who conceded a late equaliser to see their possibilities of Champions League soccer subsequent season fade. After scoring his twenty ninth objective of the season in all competitions, the Egyptian and Mane had been each responsible of losing a bunch of alternatives.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Manchester Metropolis)
Mahrez starred as Metropolis picked up the primary silverware of the English season with the win over Tottenham. He got here shut with various highly effective efforts off his favoured left foot and had a objective dominated out in stoppage time for offside.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal)
Chukwueze’s cool end was not sufficient for Villarreal as Barcelona got here from behind to win 2-1 at Los Carmenes and increase their La Liga title hopes. The Nigerian did effectively to steer away from Jordi Alba and calmly spherical Marc-Andre ter Stegen earlier than slotting in from the angle for his third objective in as many video games.
SIMY, ADAM OUNAS (Crotone)/GERVINHO (Parma)
Nigerian ahead Simy scored twice as Crotone delayed their Serie A relegation with a 4-3 win over fellow strugglers Parma, their first away win this season. Simy and Algerian Ounas scored both facet of the break for the basement membership. Ivorian Gervinho pulled a objective again for Parma to interrupt his five-month scoring drought, earlier than Simy slotted within the winner from the penalty spot on 69 minutes to carry his tally to 19 league objectives this marketing campaign. The 28-year-old has scored 29 Serie A objectives to overhaul ex-Inter Milan participant Obafemi Martins (28) because the top-scoring Nigerian within the Italian high flight.
ACHRAF HAKIMI (Inter Milan)
Moroccan full-back Hakimi missed possibilities in both half earlier than teeing up fellow defender Matteo Darmian for the winner in a 1-0 success over Hellas Verona that put leaders Inter Milan getting ready to their first Serie A title since 2010.
AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig)
The Mali midfielder scored with a header simply seconds after half-time as second-placed Leipzig made Bayern Munich wait to be topped Bundesliga champions with a 2-0 residence win in opposition to Stuttgart. A defeat for Leipzig would have confirmed Bayern as champions for the ninth straight season, however Stuttgart had been decreased to 10 males after 12 minutes when their 19-year-old defender Naouirou Ahamada was proven a purple card after he clattered Haidara. He then powered residence a Dani Olmo cross to place Leipzig forward.
RAMY BENSEBAINI (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
The Algeria defender scored a first-half penalty as Moenchengladbach romped to a 5-0 residence win over strugglers Arminia Bielefeld. The hosts raced right into a three-goal lead after simply 18 minutes earlier than Bensebaini transformed a spot-kick.
ISLAM SLIMANI (Lyon)
A objective from Algerian Slimani helped fourth-placed Lyon construct a two-goal lead over Ligue 1 leaders Lille, who recovered to drag off a dramatic 3-2 triumph and keep one level above Paris Saint-Germain.
WAHBI KHAZRI (Saint-Etienne)
Tunisia captain Khazri put hosts Saint-Etienne forward on 11 minutes in a mid-table conflict with Brest, who hit again with a second-half brace from Gaetan Charbonnier, delivering a 2-1 victory.