Mixed for­tunes for Gam­bians in Europe

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PARIS: Gam­bian foot­ballers Modou Bar­row and Ous­man Man­neh ex­pe­ri­enced mixed for­tunes in Europe at the week­end.

Na­tional team winger Bar­row was a con­stant threat for Swansea in a 3-2 English Premier League loss at Arse­nal be­fore a bru­tal, red-card tackle forced him to limp off in the clos­ing stages.

Teenage striker Man­neh scored his first goal for Werder Bre­men four weeks after his Bun­desliga de­but, and it gave his club a 2-1 vic­tory over Bayer Lev­erkusen.


The Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional set the seal on Chelsea’s 3-0 win over cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter when he scored their third goal 10 min­utes from time. After ex­chang­ing passes with sub­sti­tute Nathaniel Chalobah, the winger ran clear into the penalty area and planted a low shot past Kasper Sch­me­ichel be­fore cel­e­brat­ing with an ex­trav­a­gant back-flip.


The Ivory Coast for­ward was up front as the Pot­ters beat Sun­der­land 2-0 cour­tesy of two goals from Joe Allen for their first league win of the sea­son. He went close to scor­ing him­self after hold­ing off Sene­galese Papy Djilo­bodji and fir­ing just wide of Jor­dan Pick­ford’s left-hand post.


A mem­ber of the Ever­ton side that pushed lead­ers Manch­ester City hard in a 1-1 draw, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo winger tested the hosts’ de­fence with some surg­ing runs.


The Gam­bia winger was a con­stant threat to Arse­nal dur­ing a 3-2 de­feat by the Gun­ners, but he was un­able to see the game out after be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of a bru­tal tackle from Granit Xhaka which saw the Arse­nal man sent off with 20 min­utes to go at the Emi­rates Sta­dium. Bar­row limped off with his an­kle heav­ily strapped min­utes later.


DR Congo striker Bakambu started for the first time this sea­son and took just over half an hour to slot home his first goal of the cam­paign as Vil­lar­real’s un­beaten start to the sea­son con­tin­ued with a 5-0 thrash­ing of Celta Vigo. Bakambu scored 22 goals in his de­but sea­son in Spain, but had been lim­ited to just two sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances due to a lon­grun­ning thigh mus­cle in­jury.


A sim­ple er­ror from for­mer Cameroon goal­keeper Kameni cost Malaga in a 1-1 draw at Alaves. Kameni flew off his line for a loop­ing ball in­side his box, but was beaten to it by Deyver­son, who headed into an empty net to give the hosts a ninth-minute lead.


Edin Dzeko hit a brace for Roma in a 3-1 win over Napoli, but Salah was the un­sung hero for the Gial­lorossi as they moved up to sec­ond, five points be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus. The for­mer Chelsea winger’s pace, in at­tack and de­fence, was a cru­cial el­e­ment for Lu­ciano Spal­letti’s men at the San Paolo. “The lad’s pace is in­cred­i­ble,” purred Spal­letti. Salah was re­warded for a fine day’s work with a goal, tak­ing his league tally this sea­son to four.


Koulibaly’s per­for­mances for Napoli have drawn in­ter­est from some top clubs in Eng­land, but the Sene­gal de­fender had a bit­ter­sweet per­for­mance for Napoli as their ti­tle hopes were dented by a 3-1 home de­feat to Roma. After thwart­ing a pos­si­ble Roma opener on the quar­ter hour when he slid in to dis­pos­sess Dzeko, Koulibaly pan­icked un­der pres­sure from Salah, gave up pos­ses­sion and saw Dzeko sweep the Egyp­tian’s de­liv­ery past Pepe Reina for a 43rd-minute opener. Koulibaly made amends shortly after the restart with a tow­er­ing header from a cor­ner that went in off the far post, but by that time Dzeko had added a sec­ond.


Mont­pel­lier col­lected their first win since the open­ing week­end of the sea­son in large part to Ninga’s brace in a 3-2 home vic­tory over Caen. The Chad striker, who net­ted a hat­trick last time out, opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond minute and lashed home the win­ner 12 min­utes from time.

STEVE MOUNIE (Mont­pel­lier)

The Benin in­ter­na­tional suf­fered a roller­coaster of emo­tions as he scored but was later sent off in Mont­pel­lier’s win over Caen. The 22-year-old headed in Ninga’s cross to give Mont­pel­lier a 2-1 lead on 65 min­utes, but picked up a sec­ond yel­low card just six min­utes later for a foul on Tu­nisian Alaed­dine Yahia.


Moroc­can for­ward Bammou ended an 11month Ligue 1 goal drought with the opener in Nantes’ 2-1 derby vic­tory over Lori­ent. Only An­gel di Maria had at­tempted more shots with­out scor­ing in the French top flight this term.


The Gabon striker missed a penalty and hit the bar be­fore scor­ing Borus­sia Dort­mund’s equaliser in their 1-1 home draw against Hertha Berlin in the Bun­desliga as both sides ended with 10 men. Aubameyang made up for his saved penalty when he con­verted at the back post with 10 min­utes to go.

NA­BIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04)

The Al­ge­ria de­fen­sive mid­fielder, on loan from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, made club his­tory when his scream­ing 17-me­tre shot bounced over the goalline and out again to give Schalke the lead in their 1-1 draw at Augs­burg. Hawk­eye goal-line tech­nol­ogy con­firmed the ball had bounced be­hind the line and it was the first time Schalke have been awarded a goal by Hawk­eye in Ger­many’s top flight.

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