‘Zaha a tough participant to cease’


Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson praised Wilfried Zaha after the Ivory Coast winger scored his fifth objective in six English Premier League matches throughout a 2-1 win at Fulham. 

“Wilfried reminds us that when he’s on high of his recreation, he’s a really arduous participant to cease. He is a wonderful participant and deserves all of the reward he’s going to get.

“If ever I sound mildly important he thinks I am choosing on him, however each press convention I am going to he’s the one participant they wish to speak to me about.”

Right here, AFP Sport rounds up how Africans fared within the main European leagues on the weekend.


WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)

Palace had been main struggling Fulham 1-0 when Andros Townsend fed Michy Batshuayi down the precise and his cross was turned in on the far publish by Zaha on 64 minutes at Craven Cottage. Zaha collided with a publish within the act of scoring however was in a position to shake off the harm.

SADIO MANE (Liverpool)

The Senegal ahead performed a key position as Liverpool got here from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1. It was from a rebound off his shot that Roberto Firmino equalised simply earlier than half-time. And he was concerned once more on the hour when his correct cross was turned in by pre-season signing Diego Jota for the champions’ winner. However he appeared sad late on after Egyptian strike companion Mohamed Salah missed an opportunity to place the end result past doubt with a shot that hit the publish relatively than go to the unmarked Mane, who might have slotted the ball into an empty internet.


The Gunners’ 1-0 defeat by Leicester Metropolis left their membership captain and not using a objective in his final 5 Premier League video games, though the Gabon ahead did rating towards Fast Vienna within the Europa League final Thursday.


EBRIMA COLLEY (Hellas Verona)

Gambian striker Colley had a objective dominated offside after quarter of an hour in Turin as Verona held champions Juventus 1-1. The previous Atalanta ahead threatened to interrupt by for his first Verona objective however was to stay pissed off in his first recreation towards the nine-time defending Serie A champions.


Nigerian worldwide Osimhen had the ball within the internet after 17 minutes towards promoted Benevento, however his celebrations at scoring for a second consecutive recreation had been brief lived with the objective was dominated offside. Napoli received 2-1 to maneuver second in Serie A behind AC Milan.



The Nigerian worldwide endured a torrid and in the end relatively brief night as his aspect drew 1-1 with Stuttgart as a result of he was substituted after simply 16 minutes having picked up a yellow card. Ehizibue was run ragged by Stuttgart winger Tanguy Coulibaly within the opening phases, and was booked for the third time in 5 video games for a late problem on Sasa Kalajdzic. Apparently unimpressed together with his right-back’s efficiency, Cologne coach Markus Gisdol took drastic motion and benched him.

SALIF SANE (Schalke)

The Senegal defender nearly scored an personal objective within the Ruhr derby towards Borussia Dortmund, heading a Jadon Sancho free-kick simply inches over his personal crossbar within the second half when the match was goalless. Manuel Akanji opened the scoring simply minutes later, kick-starting a 3-0 win for Dortmund and condemning Schalke to a twenty first league recreation and not using a win.


The Cameroon midfielder nearly helped his aspect to a primary win of the season, towards Borussia Monchengladbach. Together with his aspect main 2-1, Kunde unleashed group mate Levin Oztunali with a intelligent chip into the field, however the German was denied by a robust save from Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Gladbach then got here from behind to win 3-2, condemning Kunde and Mainz to a fifth defeat in 5 video games this season.



Lyon continued their revival with a second straight Ligue 1 victory, and for the second consecutive week Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi scored twice. Final week in Strasbourg, Toko Ekambi struck within the twenty fifth and forty second minutes to arrange a 3-2 Lyon victory. On Sunday, the Paris-born 28-year-old sunk Monaco between the thirty fourth and forty fourth minutes as Lyon received 4-1. Within the thirty fourth minute, Toko Ekambi transformed a cross from Zimbabwean Tino Kadewere on the second try. Within the forty first minute, the Cameroon striker received a penalty that Houssem Aouar transformed. Three minutes later, Toko Ekambi took benefit of a misunderstanding within the Monegasque defence to attain and put Lyon 4 targets up.




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