African Stars Watch – As It Happened – 22 April 2017

African Stars Watch – As It Happened – 22 April 2017
Andre Ayew, West Ham

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Apr 22, 2017. 22:07

Thank you for joining us on AfricanFootball.com for what was our LIVE African Stars Watch coverage of players in action on the European continent on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

Live commentary:
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22h00 - Full-Time in the French Ligue 1: Bordeaux 2-0 Bastia; Caen 0-2 Nantes; Dijon 3-2 Angers; Lille 3-0 Guingamp; Lorient 5-1 Metz

- Younousse Sankhare on target for Bordeaux while Moroccan international Abdelhamid El Kaoutari received his marching orders following second bookable offence.

- Yacine Bammou with a brace for Nantes who move up to eighth.

- Late goal by Cameroon winger Karl-Toko Ekambi gave Angers hope of an iconic comeback, but Angers had done just about enough to secure all three points.

- Mali international Yves Bissouma rose off the bench as Lille claimed a comfortable win - they move up to 12th.

- Benjamin Moukandjo and Majeed Waris found the back of the net for Lorient as they claimed a commanding win. Cheick Diabate had scored from 12 yards in the first half for the visitors.

21h45 - Goalless at the interval in the Spanish La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Espanyol. Thomas Partey on the bench for the me from the Spanish capital. In Italy, Babacar's Fiorentina squandered an early lead to trial 2-1 to Inter Milan at the break.

21h30 - 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winner Benjamin Moukandjo rattles the back of the net as Lorient go 5-1 up in their clash against Metz.

21h25 - Inter Milan have come from a goal down, to lead 2-1 at Fiorentina as we approach the break.

21h20 - Lorient on course for victory as they go 3-1 up in the French Ligue 1, Majeed Waris on target for the hosts who saw their early lead cut short by Diabate who converted from 12 yards.

21h15 - Moroccan forward Bammou with a brace for Nantes who hold a 2-0 lead at Caen at the break.

21h00 - Half-Time scores in the French Ligue 1: Bordeaux 0-0 Bastia; Caen 0-2 Nantes; Dijon 3-0 Angers; Lille 2-0 Guingamp; Lorient 1-1 Metz

20h45 - Babacar starts for Fiorentina in their Italian Serie A match against Inter Milan. Over in Spain Thomas Partey is named among the substitutes for Atletico Madrid who are away to Espanyol in the Spanish La Liga.

20h30 - Moroccan forward Bammou has put Nantes 1-0 up at Caen, while Diabate has converted from the penalty spot to make it Lorient 1-1 Metz with just over a half-hour played.

20h20 - Full-Time in Italy: Atalanta 3-2 Bologna, in Spain: Osasuna 2-2 Gijon and in Germany: Monchengladbach 2-3 Dortmund - Aubameyang on target for the latter.

20h15 - Chelsea have booked their place in the 2017 FA Cup Final following a 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Moses played the full game for the Blues, while Victor Wanyama clocked 80 minutes for Spurs.

20h00 - Kick-off in no fewer than five French Ligue 1 fixtures: Bordeaux vs Bastia; Caen vs Nantes; Dijon vs Angers; Lille vs Guingamp; Lorient vs Metz - plenty of African interest. 

20h00 - Chelsea pull ahead once more! Eden Hazard off the bench to great effect to make it 3-2, can they hold onto the lead this time?

- Matic makes it 4-2 and surely the Blues have now booked their place in the final! What a match.

19h55 - Dortmund have pulled level once more as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang comes off the bench to make it 2-2 in the German Bundesliga.

19h45 - Atalanta and Mochengladbach have pulled ahead in their respective games'. Still 2-2 in the FA Cup semifinal clash between Chelsea and Spurs.

19h35 - Taider and Mbaye's Bologna have pulled level at Atalanta in the Italian Serie A. Franck Kessie forced off in the first half for the hosts.

19h30 - Spurs have pulled level once more. Dele Alli with the goal this time to make it 2-2.

19h20 - Osasuna 1-0 up over Gijon in the Spanish La Liga at half-time. Nigeria's Elderson in the bench for the visitors.

19h15 - Ibrahima Traore's Monchengladbach have pulled level against Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench for the Yellow and Blacks' this evening. 1-1 at the interval.

19h00 - Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie forced off in the opening stanza as Atalanta lead 2-1 over Bologna at the interval.

18h55 - Willian with another goal for the Blues, the Brazilian completes his brace as Chelsea go 2-1 up just before the break.

18h50 - Serge Aurier played the full game for PSG in a 2-0 win over Montpellier in the French Ligue 1. The defending champions now sit three points clear of Monaco who have two games in hand. No fewer than five Africans got game time for Montpellier with Keagan Dolly Souleymane Camara emerging off the bench. Benin duo, Mounie and Sessegnon started the game alongside Boudebouz.

18h40 - Spurs have pulled level in England's capital - Harry Kane with the goal to make it 1-1 in the FA Cup semifinal.

18h30 - In the FA Cup, Victor Moses's Chelsea lead Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 thanks to a great goal from Willian.

18h25 - Five minutes from another La Liga match, which sees Osasuna host Sporting Gijon, who have Elderson Echiejile on their bench.

18h20 - Franck Kessie's Atalanta now lead Bologna 2-1 after two quick goals in their Serie A clash.

18h15 - The FA Cup semifinal gets underway now, while we're 15 minutes away from another Bundesliga match: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the bench for Borussia Dortmund's trip to Monchengladbach, who have Guinean Ibrahima Traore in their starting XI.

18h10 - Franck Kessie's Atalanta have claimed an early lead against Bologna in Serie A, while Serge Aurier's PSG have scored early in the second half against Montpellier in Ligue 1 to make it 2-0.

18h05 - Full time in La Liga, where Cedric Bakambu's two goals saw Villarreal defeat Leganes 2-1.

17h55 - Full time in the Premier League matches:  Andre Ayew's West Ham United drew 0-0 at home to Everton, Ahmed Elmohamady's Hull City won 2-0 at home to Watford, Jordan Ayew's Swansea did the same to Stoke City and Rudy Gestede appeared as a substitute in Middlesbrough's 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.

17h50 - Twenty-five minutes to the first FA Cup semifinal, which sees Victor Moses and Victor Wanyama feature for Chelsea and Tottenham Hostpur respectively. Also half time in Ligue 1, where Serge Aurier's PSG lead Montpellier 1-0.

17h45 - The first Serie A match of the day kicks-off in 15 minutes, with Franck Kessie starting for Atalanta at home to Bologna, who have Saphir Taider and Ibrahima Mbaye in their XI.

17h40 - Cedric Bakambu has scored to put Villarreal 1-0 up against Leganes in La Liga.

17h35 - Serge Aurier's PSG have claimed a 1-0 lead in the first half of their Ligue 1 clash against Montpellier.

17h30 - Goals flying in for the Premier League: Jordan Ayew's Swansea have gone 2-0 up against Stoke, Ahmed Elmohamady's Hull City are 2-0 up against Watford and Bournemouth have made it 4-0 against poor Boro.

17h25 - Full time in the Bundesliga's afternoon matches: Leon Balogun appeared as a second-half sub as Mainz 05 held Bayern Munich 2-2, Lamine Sane's Werder Bremen claimed a 4-2 win away to Marcel Tisserand's Ingolstatdt, Frankfurt beat Augsburg 3-1, Salomon Kalou's Hertha Berlin beat Wolfsburg 1-0 and Wilson Kamavuaka's Darmstadt won 2-1 away to Hamburger.

17h20 - Ahmed Elmohamady's 10-man Hull City have taken a 1-0 lead against Nordin Amarabat's Watford.

17h15 - Lamine Sane's Werder Bremen have taken a late 3-2 lead away to Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga.

17h05 - Half time in La Liga, it's goalless between Cedric Bakambu's Villarreal and Leganes.

17h00 - Kicking off at this hour in France we have the first Ligue 1 match of the day, which sees Serge Aurier start for Paris Saint-Germain at home to Montpellier, who have Ryad Boudebouz, Steve Mounie and Stephane Sessegnon in their XI.

16h50 - Half time in England, where the big news from an African perspective is Oumar Niasse's sending off. Here are the scores so far: Hull City 0-0 Watford, Swansea City 1-0 Stoke City, West Ham United 0-0 Everton and Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough.

16h45 - Wilson Kamavuaka's Darmstadt have claimed a 2-0 lead early in the second half away to Hamburger.

16h35 - Twenty minutes played in La Liga, Cedric Bakambu's Villarreal are being held 0-0 at home by Leganes.

16h30 - Another sending off in England and this time it's a straight red for Hull City's Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse.

16h25 - Things going from bad to worse for Rudy Gestede's Boro: not only are they 2-0 down away to Bournemouth, but they are also a man down after Gaston Ramirez was sent off for a second yellow card offence.

16h20 - Half time in the Bundesliga: Marcel Tisserand went from providing the assist for Ingolstadt's goal to conceding a penalty as Werder Bremen struck back to make it 1-1. Here are the other scores at the interval in Germany's top flight: Bayern Munich 1-2 Mainz 05, Frankfurt 0-1 Augsburg, Hamburger 0-0 Darmstadt and Hertha Berlin 0-0 Wolfsburg.

16h15 - News of early goals in the Premier League, where Jordan Ayew's Swansea have the lead at home to Stoke City, while Bournemouth lead Boro 1-0.

16h05 - Marcel Tisserand has provided an assist for Dario Lezcano to score and put Ingolstadt 1-0 up against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

16h00 - In 15 minutes we’ll have the second La Liga match of the day, which sees Cedric Bakambu start for Villarreal at home to Leganes.

15h50 - Our final piece of team news for the four EPL matches kicking off in 10 minutes: Hull City feature Ahmed Elmohamady, Oumar Niasse and Alfred N’Diaye at home to Watford, who have Nordin Amrabat in their line-up.

15h45 - More team news from a further two upcoming Premier League games:  Max Gradel and Rudy Gestede are on the respective benches for Bournemouth v Middlesbrough; while Andre Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate start for West Ham United at home to Everton, who have Idrissa Gueye in midfield (Diafra Sakho and Arouna Kone are on the respective benches).

15h40 - In 20 minutes' time we'll have kick-off in four Premier League matches, and team news is beginning to filter through: Jordan Ayew starts for Swansea City at home to Stoke City, who have Mame Biram Diouf and Ramadan Sobhi on the bench.

15h35 - We're five minutes into the afternoon Bundesliga matches. Here are your Africans featuring in the German top flight: Nigeria’s Leon Balogun is on the bench for Mainz 05 in their visit to mighty Bayern Munich; DRC player Wilson Kamavuaka starts for Darmstadt away to Hamburger; Salomon Kalou leads the Hertha Berlin attack for their home clash with Wolfsburg; and Marcel Tisserand comes up against Lamine Sane in the Ingolstadt v Werder Bremen match.

15h30 - Our first piece of news is from a La Liga match which wrapped up just over half an hour ago and saw Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni keep a clean sheet to help Malaga record a 2-0 home victory over Valencia.



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