Saturday Dec 14, 2019. 22:00
Mohamed Salah’s brace in a 2-0 win over Watford has helped Liverpool open up a massive 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League, with the Egyptian’s heroics headlining African star players in European action on Saturday.
The Pharaohs superstar netted in the 38th and 90th minutes at Anfield as the Reds defeated bottom-of-the-log Watford in the early kick-off, opening up an 11-point advantage at the top of the log.
Leicester City, featuring Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho in their starting XI, were expected to cut the lead down to eight points, but they could only draw 1-1 at home to Norwich City and allowed Liverpool’s advantage to remain in double figures.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Christian Atsu featured for Newcastle United in their 1-0 loss at Burnley; Chelsea suffered a fourth defeat from their last five league matches when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Bournemouth; and Mahmoud Trezeguet and Marvelous Nakamba couldn’t prevent Aston Villa falling 2-0 away to Sheffield United.
In other top European leagues, Khouma Babacar couldn’t rescue Lecce from a 3-0 loss at Brescia in Serie A; the Bundesliga saw Tunisian Ellyes Skhiri help Koln to a surprise 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, while Morocco’s Achraf Hamiki featured in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 destruction of Mainz; and in Ligue 1 Opa Nguette scored for Metz as they held Olympique Marseille 1-1 at Stade Saint-Symphorien.