Premier League mis­ery for Toure, Mahrez, Mane

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African stars Yaya Toure of Manch­ester City, Riyad Mahrez of Le­ices­ter City and Sa­dio Mane of Liver­pool suf­fered English Premier League mis­ery at the week­end.

Ivo­rian Toure came off the bench as City fell 3-1 at home to lead­ers Chelsea, five days af­ter he was charged with drink driv­ing. Al­ge­rian Mahrez was sub­sti­tuted in an em­bar­rass­ing 2-1 de­feat for Le­ices­ter at Sun­der­land while Sene­galese Mane scored be­fore be­ing taken off as Liver­pool crum­bled to a shock 4-3 loss at Bournemouth.

ENG­LAND YAYA TOURE (Manch­ester City)

The Ivory Coast mid­fielder en­dured a frus­trat­ing end to a bad week as City were beaten 3-1 by ti­tle ri­vals Chelsea. Toure came on as a 76th-minute sub­sti­tute with City trail­ing 2-1 and was un­able to stop lead­ers Chelsea se­cur­ing a vic­tory that moved them four points clear of Pep Guardi­ola’s team. As if that wasn’t bad enough, po­lice con­firmed that Toure had been charged with drink driv­ing af­ter be­ing spot­ted with his al­co­hol level above the legal limit while driv­ing in east Lon­don last week.

RIYAD MAHREZ (Le­ices­ter)

The Al­ge­ria winger was hauled off af­ter 73 min­utes of Le­ices­ter’s dis­mal 2-1 de­feat at lowly Sun­der­land. Reign­ing Premier League Play­ers’ Player of the Year Mahrez has just one as­sist and three league goals to his name this term and Le­ices­ter boss Clau­dio Ranieri had threat­ened to drop him if he didn’t im­prove soon. But Mahrez showed no signs of step­ping up his game as Le­ices­ter’s mis­er­able de­fence of the English ti­tle hit a new low with a loss at the team who had been bot­tom of the ta­ble go­ing into the week­end.

VIC­TOR ANICHEBE (Sun­der­land)

The Nige­ria striker was a con­stant dan­ger to Le­ices­ter as Sun­der­land climbed off the bot­tom of the ta­ble with a 2-1 win at the Sta­dium of Light. For­mer Ever­ton star Anichebe used to his pace and power to un­set­tle the Le­ices­ter de­fence and, al­though he didn’t score, the 28-year-old was a ma­jor fac­tor in Sun­der­land’s third win in their last four league games. In the 77th minute he showed great strength to get away down the left be­fore cross­ing to Dun­can Watmore, whose blocked shot was even­tu­ally con­verted by Jer­main De­foe for Sun­der­land’s sec­ond goal.

SA­DIO MANE (Liver­pool)

The Sene­gal winger gave an ex­cel­lent in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance at Bournemouth, but it wasn’t enough to stop Liver­pool crash­ing to an in­cred­i­ble 4-3 de­feat. Mane scored Liver­pool’s open­ing goal in the 20th minute with a cool fin­ish from Emre Can’s pass. He then played a role in Liver­pool’s sec­ond goal by win­ning pos­ses­sion in mid­field be­fore Divock Origi’s strike. Mane wasn’t fin­ished and his su­perb run and cross gave Can the op­por­tu­nity to score Liver­pool’s third in the 64th minute. At that point, Liver­pool looked cer­tain to win, but Mane was re­placed by Adam Lal­lana five min­utes later and Jur­gen Klopp’s side con­ceded three goals in the last 14 min­utes to suf­fer a stunning loss.

GER­MANY PIERRE-EM­ER­ICK AUBAMEYANG (Borus­sia Dort­mund)

The Gabon striker net­ted twice in Dort­mund’s 4-1 win at home to Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach, which left him as the Bun­desliga’s top scorer with 15 goals this sea­son. Af­ter Glad­bach took an early lead, ‘Auba’ showed great fin­ish­ing to vol­ley home a sev­enth-minute equaliser af­ter a deft flick from Marco Reus. Reus and Dem­bele then set up Aubameyang for his sec­ond on 68 min­utes to cap an out­stand­ing dis­play from Dort­mund’s star-stud­ded at­tack.

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Ber­lin)

The Ivory Coast striker net­ted a 91stminute penalty to seal Hertha Ber­lin’s 3-2 come­back win at 10-man Wolfs­burg to keep his side third. Strug­glers Wolfs­burg, who are just above the rel­e­ga­tion places, scored twice in the open­ing 20 min­utes, but goals by Marvin Plat­ten­hardt and Alexan­der Ess­wein left Hertha level 20 min­utes be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle. Wolfs­burg were re­duced to 10 men for the fi­nal five min­utes when Paul Seguin was sent off for his sec­ond yel­low card and when Daniel Caligiuri fouled Plat­ten­hardt in the area, Kalou con­verted the penalty for his fourth league goal of the sea­son.

NABY KEITA (RB Leipzig)

The Guinea in­ter­na­tional was an im­pos­ing fig­ure in the mid­dle for Leipzig in a 2-1 home win over Schalke which put them back on top of the ta­ble, three points clear of Bay­ern Mu­nich. The de­fen­sive mid­fielder was a phys­i­cal pres­ence and had sev­eral tus­sles with Schalke’s at­tack­ing mid­fielder Max Meyer, but missed two clear chances at the start of the sec­ond half.

FRANCE RYAD BOUDEBOUZ (Mont­pel­lier)

The Al­ge­rian in­ter­na­tional sealed Mont­pel­lier’s shock 3-0 win over Paris Saint-Ger­main with his team-lead­ing sev­enth goal of the sea­son. The 26-year-old ran from inside his own half be­fore drilling low into the far cor­ner 10 min­utes from time as Mont­pel­lier reg­is­tered just a fourth win in 16 matches.

CLIN­TON NJIE (Marseille)

The Cameroon for­ward swept home Marseille’s third goal in stop­page time in a 3-0 vic­tory at home to Nancy. Njie, 23, curled in a first-time ef­fort from the edge of the area for his sec­ond goal since join­ing on loan from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur.

MA­JEED WARIS (Lori­ent)

Ghana striker Waris scored for the third game run­ning to sal­vage a point for bot­tom side Lori­ent in a 2-2 draw at Angers. He beat defender Vin­cent Manceau be­fore squeez­ing the ball past Mathieu Michel from a tight an­gle in the 66th minute.

ITALY KHOUMA BABACAR (Fiorentina)

Un­til the 93rd minute, Babacar was one of sev­eral play­ers blamed for fail­ing to put the match to bed against Palermo in a waste­ful dis­play from a dom­i­nant Fiorentina. But the tow­er­ing Sene­galese made amends in style when Fiorentina won a cor­ner with prac­ti­cally the last kick of the game. Babacar did ev­ery­thing in his power to reach the ball when it was floated in, keep­ing de­fend­ers at bay to fire his header low and past the reach of Josip Posavec for a last-gasp win­ner in a 2-1 vic­tory. — AFP

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