Africans in Europe: Weekend Review

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Which of the continent's stars in Europe's major leagues impressed this weekend?


Sadio Mane had been one of the Premier League's star men during the first three weeks of the season, but he became the centre of one of the early controversies of the campaign when he was sent off in the 37th minute of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City.

Mane's dismissal - the result of a high foot on City goalkeeper Ederson - split the opinion of the footballing community, and was a potentially pivotal moment as the Reds fell to a crushing defeat.

Pep Guardiola's side ultimately ran out 5-0 winners, with Sergio Aguero opening the scoring, and Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane scoring a double each.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was arguably the continent's star performer of the weekend, as he endeared himself to his new supporters at Stoke City with two goals as the Potters held Manchester United 2-2.

The Cameroon international opened the scoring before the break, and prominently rescued a point for Mark Hughes' side with a 63rd-minute equaliser after Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku turned the tide in United's favour.

Victor Moses played 74 minutes in Chelsea's 2-1 triumph at Wilfred Ndidi's Leicester City, while Idrissa Gueye delivered a sub-par performance in the heart of the park as Everton were thumped 3-0 at home by Tottenham Hotspur.

Finally, Abdoulaye Doucoure continued his fine start to the season - he already netted in Watford's 3-3 draw with Liverpool - by opening the scoring away at Southampton.

The box-to-box midfielder delivered a commanding performance in the heart of the park as the Hornets claimed a 2-0 victory at St. Mary's Stadium.


AC Milan's revolution was halted in its tracks this weekend as the Rossoneri were thumped 4-1 away at Ciro Immobile-inspired Lazio, with Franck Kessie struggling to impose himself in the heart of the park.

Kwadwo Asamoah and Medhi Benatia both impressed in Juventus' backline as they extended their 100 percent record with a 3-0 triumph over Chievo, while Kalidou Koulibaly and Faouzi Ghoulam played for 90 minutes as Napoli defeated Bologna away to also make it three wins out of three.

In Benevento, injury struck again for unfortunate Torino midfielder Joel Obi, whose fine start to the season was curtailed after 10 minutes when injury stuck again. He was replaced by Afriyie Acquah, who lasted just 47 minutes, before Iago Falque bailed the visitors out with a 92nd-minute winner.


At the Bernabeu, Emmanuel Boateng was part of the Levante side that frustrated Real Madrid 1-1 in one of the shock results of the weekend, with the Ghana striker coming off the bench to play 35 minutes of a fine display.

Pape Diop's Espanyol couldn't demonstrate the same resilience in the Catalan derby against Barcelona, with the Senegal midfielder playing all 90 minutes in a 5-0 defeat.

Elsewhere, Franco-Tunisian attacker Wissam Ben Yedder added Sevilla's second in a 3-0 victory over Eibar, while Thomas Partey continued his outstanding form during the international break with a dominant midfield performance as Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 at Valencia.


RasenBallsport Leipzig made ground on the top two with a 2-0 victory away at HSV Hamburg, with Naby Keita - arguably the game's outstanding individual - opening the scoring in the 67th minute.

Guinea-Bissan duo Bruma and Dayo Upamecano also impressed for the visitors as they overcame a resilient HSV side to secure a big win.

In Freiburg, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drew a blank as Borussia Dortmund were held 0-0, while Bayern Munich suffered a shock defeat at Hoffenheim.

Kevin-Prince Boateng netted his first goal in the Bundesliga since February 2014 with the 13th-minute winner against Borussia Monchengladbach, before paying tribute to Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri as part of his celebration.

Franco-Senegalese starlet Abdou Diallo also found the net this weekend, adding Mainz's second in the Karnevalsverein's 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.


Paris-Saint Germain are the only side with a 100 percent record after five matches after they crushed Metz 5-1 away. The Moselle side drew level to 1-1 after cancelling out Edinson Cavani's opener, but Benoit Assou-Ekotto's 56th-minute red card handed the initiative to PSG.

In one of the shock results across Europe this weekend, OGC Nice routed AS Monaco 4-0, with Alassane Plea finding the net after dovetailing well with Mario Balotelli in attack, while Jean Seri was an influential presence in the Aiglons' midfield.

Giovanni Sio was sent off for Montpellier in their 1-0 home defeat by Montpellier, while Gael Kakuta scored the only goal of the game as Amiens won away at Strasbourg.

Cedric Yambere reminded Ligue 1 audiences of his enduring quality with the late winner in Caen's 2-1 triumph over Dijon, while Wahbi Khazri returned to the French top flight in some style when he fired Stade Rennais ahead after two minutes en route to their 3-1 victory away at Marseille.