African players were in action for their teams in Europe on Saturday as club football continued following the international break. Several of them made notable contributions in their games in Europe’s top five leagues.
In England, Senegal’s Sadio Mané opened the scoring as Premier League leaders Liverpool edged Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on Saturday to maintain its eight-point lead atop the table.
In the first Premier League game on Saturday, Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier set up Harry Kane for the winning goal in Tottenham’s 3-2 win away to West Ham United in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge.
In the day’s late game, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez curled in a left foot finish as defending champions Manchester City came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and climb up to 3rd in the table.
In Germany, Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah was on the score-sheet as Union Berlin stunned Bundesliga leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0.
Also, Moroccan midfielder Amine Harit grabbed the opening goal in Schalke 04’s 2-1 win away to Werder Bremen to move them up to 5th in the table, three points behind Mönchengladbach.
In Spain, Morocco’s Youssef En Nesyri gave bottom-of-the-table Leganes a shock lead against La Liga leaders Barcelona but would end up on the losing side in a 2-1 defeat.
In France, South Africa’s Lebo Mothiba scored a goal and assisted another one and Cape Verde’s Joia Nuno Da Costa also scored in Strasbourg’s 4-0 win against 10-man Amiens.
Mali’s Kalifa Coulibaly netted in Nantes’ 1-1 draw against Brest while his compatriot Adama Traore also found the net for Metz in a 1-1 draw at home to Reims.