African players in Europe: Three-goal Bebou steals show

Togo worldwide Ihlas Bebou scored a hat-trick for fifth-placed Hoffenheim on the weekend in a 6-3 Bundesliga triumph at bottom membership Greuther Fuerth.

It was the first German league treble for the 27-year-old winger, who had spells with Fortuna Dusseldorf and Hannover sooner than changing into a member of his current membership in 2019 on a three-year contract.

Egyptian Mohamed Salah, sometimes the African star of the weekend, wanted to simply accept an assist as Premier League title contenders Liverpool whipped Southampton 4-0 at Anfield.

Here, AFP Sport highlights Africans who starred in an important European leagues on the weekend.

ENGLAND

MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

Salah was not on the scoresheet for Liverpool in their 4-0 rout of Southampton nevertheless provided an outstanding cross for fellow forward Diogo Jota’s second objective. The Egyptian’s scoring payment has slowed in present weeks after a sensational start to the season nevertheless the 29-year-old has nonetheless racked up 17 targets for the membership since August.

EMMANUEL DENNIS (Watford)

Nigeria forward Dennis is making waves whatever the struggles of his Watford side, who’re languishing in sixteenth spot in the Premier League after a 4-2 defeat at snowy Leicester. The 24-year-old scored the second objective on the King Power Stadium and have turn into solely the sixth participant in Premier League historic previous to succeed in every 5 targets and 5 assists in 12 or fewer video video games

SPAIN

SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal)

The Nigerian striker’s objective in opposition to Barcelona was not adequate to forestall Villarreal dropping 3-1 at dwelling to Barcelona in La Liga. Villarreal appeared liable to take a level after Chukwueze nipped in ahead of Oscar Mingueza and poked into the nook in the 76th minute for his second objective of the season. But Barca hit once more twice late on by way of Memphis Depay and a Philippe Coutinho penalty to say victory.

ITALY

KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)

Senegal captain Koulibaly carried out a key place in Napoli’s 4-0 crushing of Lazio, patrolling the backline and collaborating in some unbelievable spells of possession as Luciano Spalletti’s side moved three elements clear on the prime of Serie A. It was the right effectivity on the night time time in which Naples paid tribute to its adopted son Diego Maradona.

 

GERMANY

IHLAS BEBOU (Hoffenheim)

Bebou cancelled Jamie Leweling’s opener for bottom membership Fuerth, and added a second as Hoffenheim took administration of the game in the second half. He achieved his hat-trick by way of a chic chipped finish with 10 minutes remaining.

TAIWO AWONIYI (Union Berlin)

Nigeria striker Awoniyi helped his side to a second-half equaliser sooner than an agonising injury-time objective seen them stumble to a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt. Awoniyi was fouled by Evan N’Dicka on the hour mark, allowing Max Kruse to realize from the spot and cancel out Djibril Sow’s first-half opener. But N’Dicka had the ultimate snort, heading the winner seconds sooner than the last word whistle.

ELLYES SKHIRI (Cologne)

Tunisia midfielder Skhiri made his first Bundesliga start in practically two months as his side cruised to a 4-1 derby win over Borussia Moenchengladbach. Having missed 4 video video games in a row with a knee harm, Skhiri made a cameo look in ultimate week’s draw with Mainz sooner than returning to the start eleven in opposition to Gladbach.

FRANCE

GHISLAIN KONAN (Reims)

The Ivorian produced a marvel strike in stoppage time to supply Reims a 1-0 win at dwelling to Clermont. The left-back unleashed a thunderous drive from 20 metres into the best nook for his first objective of the season to push his workforce away from the relegation places.

GAEL KAKUTA (Lens)

The Democratic Republic of Congo worldwide notched his second objective of the advertising marketing campaign in a 2-2 draw with Angers. Kakuta, who scored a career-best 11 events in Ligue 1 ultimate time interval, fired in a cross from Mali defender Massadio Haidara merely after half-time to cancel out the opener from Morocco’s Sofiane Boufal.

 

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