Aubameyang, Kalou and Salah wreak havoc

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -


African Foot­baller of the Year Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang put a mini-sus­pen­sion be­hind him to strike four Bun­desliga goals for Borus­sia Dort­mund at the week­end.

The Gabon striker was banned by his coach for one match last week af­ter he flew to Italy with friends ahead of a Cham­pi­ons League fix­ture. Other African goal poach­ers in top form in­cluded Egyp­tian Mo­hamed Salah in Italy and Ivo­rian Salomon Kalou in Ger­many, who scored hat-tricks.


The Sene­galese in­ter­na­tional con­tin­ues to shine for the ram­pant Reds, break­ing the dead­lock with a stun­ning header. He stooped low at an an­gle to beat Wat­ford ‘keeper Heurelho Gomes with some force. Sane added a sec­ond, a sim­ple tap-in, in the sec­ond half for his fifth goal in five Premier League home ap­pear­ances for the club.


He has flour­ished this sea­son un­der An­to­nio Conte’s tute­lage af­ter a few sea­sons where it looked his un­doubted tal­ent might be frit­tered away as he was sent out on loan. The 25-year-old Nige­rian gave a sparkling per­for­mance in the 5-0 dis­man­tling of Ever­ton and was un­for­tu­nate not to get on the score­sheet with a half-vol­ley that struck the post.

VIC­TOR ANICHEBE (Sun­der­land)

Never the most pro­lific of scor­ers, the Nige­rian striker brought a rare smile to be­lea­guered Sun­der­land boss David Moyes’s face with a goal to bring them level with Bournemouth. Anichebe played un­der the Scot at Ever­ton in hap­pier times and he was at the cen­tre of the ac­tion that led to the win­ner when he was fouled in the penalty area and Jer­main De­foe con­verted the penalty. “He’s (Moyes) the one who has been get­ting the blame, even though we are the ones on the pitch,” said Anichebe.


Salah stole the show at the Sta­dio Olimpico with a hat-trick in a 3-0 romp over Bologna. Salah’s only pre­vi­ous hat-trick came for Egypt in a World Cup qual­i­fier against Zim­babwe in 2013, but the for­mer Chelsea midfielder claimed his maiden triple in league foot­ball, al­beit at the dis­cre­tion of of­fi­cials af­ter his 13th-minute opener took a de­flec­tion on the goalline be­fore beat­ing An­gelo Da Costa. There was no doubt over Salah’s sec­ond-half strikes, which took his goals tally to eight this sea­son.


Sene­gal’s Balde says Lazio don’t know how far they can go this sea­son, but his equaliser-the fastest in Serie A this cam­paign-helped grab a share of the points in a gutsy 1-1 draw at Napoli, who dom­i­nated through­out at their San Paolo sta­dium. Marek Ham­sik had given Napoli a 52nd­minute lead with his 103rd strike for the hosts, but Keita lev­elled less than two min­utes later af­ter pounc­ing on a Marco Parolo blun­der in the area to beat Pepe Reina from close range.


The Gabon striker net­ted four goals as Borus­sia routed bot­tom side Ham­burg 5-2 away to make amends for his mid­week Mi­lan in­dis­cre­tion.Aubameyang had been sus­pended by coach Thomas Tuchel for Wed­nes­day’s 1-0 Cham­pi­ons League win at home to Sport­ing Lis­bon af­ter he flew to Mi­lan in a pri­vate jet with friends on Mon­day. But ‘Auba’ needed just 27 min­utes to score his first three goals and hit his fourth af­ter the break, and cel­e­brated his first with Tuchel on the side­lines. His quar­tet of goals leave him joint top scorer, along­side Cologne’s An­thony Modeste, in Ger­many’s top flight with 11 goals

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Ber­lin)

The Ivory Coast striker hit a hat-trick in Hertha’s 3-0 win at home to jaded Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach, who had Ger­many in­ter­na­tional Christoph Kramer sent off in the first-half. The 31-year-old wel­comed his first goals since los­ing his fa­ther in Au­gust, two weeks be­fore his aunt also passed away. “It’s a re­lief with all the dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions I’ve had to deal with,” he ad­mit­ted hav­ing net­ted twice in the first half and wrapped up his tre­ble six min­utes from time. It was his sec­ond Bun­desliga hat-trick in three sea­sons with Hertha.


The Al­ge­ria midfielder, on loan from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, scored his fourth goal in four Bun­desliga games in Schalke’s 3-1 win at home to Werder Bre­men. Aus­tria midfielder Alessandro Schoepf opened the scor­ing for the Royal Blues, but Bentaleb grabbed the sec­ond on 38 min­utes. When Brazil de­fender Naldo forced Bre­men goal­keeper Felix Wied­wald into a div­ing save, Bentaleb was on hand to ri­fle home the re­bound from a tight an­gle.


The 23-year-old Sene­gal striker re­cently opened his in­ter­na­tional ac­count in a 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Namibia. He scored the win­ner for his new club Ligue 1 out­fit Angers, his sec­ond of the sea­son, in a 1-0 vic­tory over Lille. Angers coach Stephane Moulin de­scribed the for­ward’s light­ning counter-at­tack as mag­nif­i­cent in both its imag­in­ing and its ex­e­cu­tion.


The 20-year-old Guinean striker opened the scor­ing in a 2-1 win for Bordeaux over Lori­ent. The side-footed tap-in was his first goal for Bordeaux since join­ing from Bas­tia in the mid­dle of this year. The pow­er­fully built young­ster from Con­akry can play right across the front line. He has three in­ter­na­tional caps and a four-year deal at Bordeaux.

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