Sunday Oct 06, 2019. 08:00
Sadio Mane was again the leading African representative in major European club football on Saturday, with the Senegalese forward helping Liverpool retain their perfect record in the Premier League.
Mane opened the scoring and earned a late penalty – from which James Milner netted the decisive goal – as the Reds overcame Wilfred Ndidi’s Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. The Senegalese was the best player on the pitch, contributing both offensively and defensively in a hard-fought victory for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Elsewhere in England, Marvelous Nakamba helped Aston Villa record a 5-1 win away to Norwich City, Alex Iwobi’s Everton slumped to a 1-0 defeat away to Burnley, and Brighton & Hove Albion, who fielded Gaetan Bong and Yves Bissouma as substitutes, racked up an impressive 3-0 home win over ailing Tottenham Hotspur.
Other notable African performances in Europe included Achraf Hakimi for Borussia Dortmund. The Moroccan has been deployed in a more attacking role of late and notably scored both goals in their UEFA Champions League win at Slavia Prague this past midweek.
On Saturday he again found the back of the net, converting Jadon Sancho’s assist midway through the second half as BVB were held to a 2-2 draw at Freiburg.
In France’s Ligue 1, Idrissa Gueye scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain as they defeated Angers 4-0, with Pablo Sarabia and Mauro Icardi netting earlier in the game for the defending champions, who wrapped up the victory with a strike from Neymar.