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African Players In Europe: Sarr Sparkles As Watford Stun Liverpool

Watford’s Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr (C) celebrates. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

 

Ismaila Sarr overshadowed fellow Senegalese Sadio Mane by scoring twice as lowly Watford gained Three-Zero to finish the 44-match unbeaten Premier League streak of runaway leaders Liverpool.

Mane has been among the many key figures because the Reds march towards a primary league title in three many years, however he needed to take a again seat at Vicarage Street as Sarr blossomed.

His tempo and trickery unsettled Liverpool and he was rewarded with two objectives earlier than establishing Troy Deeney for the third.

ENGLAND

ISMAILA SARR (Watford)

The Hornets’ report signing was up towards his idol Mane and stabbed house the opener on the close to publish after which confirmed his tempo and poise to chip Alisson Becker for Watford’s second. Sarr then turned supplier for the third as he teed up Deeney to finish a well-known win that lifted Watford out of the underside three.

JORDAN AYEW (Crystal Palace)

Ayew scored the one objective as Palace obtained the higher of rivals Brighton to ease any concern of being dragged right into a relegation battle. The Ghanaian’s strike took his league tally for the season to seven — matching his greatest tally for a single marketing campaign in England.

MBWANA SAMATTA (Aston Villa)

Samatta did Tanzania proud by scoring within the League Cup last towards Manchester Metropolis, however his diving header on the close to publish simply earlier than half-time was merely a comfort for Villa as Metropolis gained 2-1 to raise the trophy for a 3rd straight season.

SPAIN

YOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Sevilla)

En-Nesyri scored a 93rd-minute winner as Sevilla beat Osasuna Three-2 to maneuver as much as third in La Liga. The Moroccan striker, who joined Sevilla from Leganes in January, opened the scoring with a guided shot into the nook earlier than Lucas Ocampos made it two on the stroke of half-time. Osasuna got here again within the second half by way of objectives from Aridane and Roberto Torres, just for En-Nesyri to grab victory for Sevilla in injury-time with a close-range end.

GERMANY

RAMY BENSEBAINI (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Algerian Bensebaini scored a vital early objective for Moenchengladbach as they beat Augsburg Three-2 to maintain tempo with the highest of the Bundesliga desk. Bensebaini, in his first begin in 2020 after coming back from damage, headed house a cross from Lars Stindl to place the guests 1-Zero up. When requested the way it felt to be again within the Foals’ line-up after the match, he merely replied “it was fun”.

ACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)

Having made his identify as considered one of Dortmund’s greatest going ahead this season, the Actual Madrid loanee was known as on to do greater than his fair proportion of defending towards a cussed Freiburg facet. Engaged on the sting of a four-man midfield, Hakimi’s tempo was worthwhile through the 1-Zero win as he snuffed out a number of Freiburg counter assaults. He did have a shot on objective deflected within the dying levels however was unable so as to add to his tally of two Bundesliga objectives this season.

FRANCE

STEPHANE BAHOKEN (Angers)

The Cameroon striker was rewarded with a begin for his group at Brest after coming off the bench towards Montpellier final weekend and scoring the winner a minute later. He delivered once more in Brest, though he wanted a full 43 minutes to bag the one objective of the match this time.

MAX-ALAIN GRADEL (Toulouse)

Ivory Coast winger Gradel, 32, returned to the Toulouse beginning line-up final weekend for the primary time in a Ligue 1 sport since early December following damage. He saved his place and wore the captain’s armband however couldn’t stop the division’s backside facet from happening 2-Zero at house to Rennes. They’ve now taken only a single level from their final 17 league video games and are heading quick in direction of relegation.

KARL TOKO-EKAMBI (Lyon)

Cameroon ahead Toko-Ekambi, who joined Lyon on mortgage from Villarreal in January, got here off the bench and contributed to their 2-Zero win over derby rivals Saint-Etienne. Having earlier had a objective disallowed for offside, he gained the late penalty which Moussa Dembele scored to seal the victory. Toko-Ekambi had began the 1-Zero Champions League last-16, first leg win over Juventus in midweek and hit the bar within the first half towards the Italians.

AFP

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