Egyptian star Mohamed Salah scored in a 1-1 draw with Manchester Metropolis on the weekend to equal a Liverpool file of eight objectives within the first eight league matches of a season.
Robbie Fowler set the benchmark within the 1995-96 season and Spaniard Fernando Torres matched it within the 2009-10 marketing campaign.
Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard referred to as new Moroccan signing Hakim Ziyech “exceptional” after the midfielder starred in a 4-1 rout of Sheffield United.
Right here, AFP Sport rounds up the performances of African stars within the main European leagues.
MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)
The 2-time African Participant of the Yr transformed a primary half penalty because the champions needed to accept a draw at title rivals Manchester Metropolis. Salah netted within the thirteenth minute — his tenth aim of the season in all competitions — however Gabriel Jesus’s equaliser stopped Liverpool returning to the highest of the desk.
JORDAN AYEW (Crystal Palace)
The Ghana striker scored his first aim of the season in a 4-1 win in opposition to Leeds at Selhurst Park. Ayew had gone 14 video games with no aim earlier than he netted within the seventieth minute to wrap up the factors along with his facet already main 3-1. It was the 29-year-old’s first aim since scoring in Palace’s win at Bournemouth in June.
HAKIM ZIYECH (Chelsea)
Ziyech offered two assists in a man-of-the-match show as Chelsea thrashed Sheffield United to maneuver to inside three factors of the highest of the Premier League. The Moroccan was making simply his second league begin for the Blues after a 40 million euro transfer from Ajax and offered inviting deliveries from crosses for Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva to attain.
AISSA MANDI (Actual Betis)
Algerian defender Mandi had a day to overlook as Actual Betis went down 5-2 at Barcelona. Mandi conceded two penalties and was despatched off for the second, after stopping Ousmane Dembele’s shot along with his arm on the road. Antoine Griezmann missed the primary spot-kick however Lionel Messi made certain with the second earlier than Barca took benefit of their further man to attain two extra late objectives at Camp Nou and full a powerful win.
FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)
Ivorian Kessie’s shot at aim was deflected in off Verona defender Giangiacomo Magnani as Serie A leaders AC Milan got here from two objectives down to attract 2-2 on the San Siro. A foul on Kessie noticed Milan awarded a penalty after 66 minutes which Zlatan Ibrahimovic despatched over the crossbar. “I am going to let Franck Kessie take the subsequent one, that may be higher,” mentioned the veteran Swede.
VICTOR OSIMHEN/KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)
Nigerian Osimhen’s Twenty third-minute header was the one aim in a 1-0 win over Bologna as Napoli moved third in Serie A, three factors behind AC Milan. Senegalese defender Koulibaly seemed to have scored a second after the break, however it was dominated out after a VAR assessment confirmed an Osimhen handball throughout the construct up.
RAMY BENSEBAINI (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
The Algeria defender hit the put up in an explosive first half and headed extensive late on in Gladbach’s 4-3 loss at Bayer Leverkusen. Moenchengladbach’s captain Lars Stindl scored first-half objectives and Lucas Alario equalised twice whereas Bensebaini smacked the woodwork with a robust shot. The 25-year-old was fortunate to not be despatched off late on after holding Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz whereas going for the ball having already been booked within the seven-goal thriller.
AMADOU HAIDARA (RB Leipzig)
The Mali worldwide made his third look since lacking two Bundesliga video games with the coronavirus as Leipzig went second within the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Freiburg. The 22-year-old put in an excellent cross which noticed Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg hit the put up on his one centesimal Bundesliga look earlier than Ibrahima Konate, Marcel Sabitzer and Angelino netted.
STEPHANE BAHOKEN (Angers)
The Cameroon ahead hit the headlines for the appropriate purpose as he scored twice in a 5-1 win at Nimes to take his objectives tally for the marketing campaign to 4. The 28-year-old was given a four-month suspended jail sentence in October for home violence in opposition to his companion. He additionally obtained a separate suspended three-month sentence and superb for a visitors violation.
BOULAYE DIA (Reims)
Having made his Senegal debut final month after a powerful begin to the season, the France-born striker netted two extra objectives in a 4-4 draw at Lens. Dia, 23, changed Kylian Mbappe because the league’s high scorer this time period with eight objectives from as many matches. He has been chosen once more by Aliou Cisse for this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying doubleheader in opposition to Guinea-Bissau.