international Kelechi Iheanacho was the star African performer in Europe
this weekend, scoring the only goal as Leicester overcame a tough FA
KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester)
took his chance to impress in the absence of the injured Jamie Vardy
with the only goal as Leicester reached the FA Cup fifth round with a
1-0 win at Brentford. The Nigerian’s predatory close-range finish took
his tally to seven goals in just 12 appearances for the Foxes this
SOFIANE BOUFAL (Southampton)
Boufal produced a
brilliant strike late on to secure the Saints an FA Cup replay with
Tottenham in a 1-1 draw. The Moroccan has featured little in
Southampton’s revival of late, but gave Ralph Hasenhuttl a timely
reminder of his talent as he fired high past Hugo Lloris from the edge
of the area.
MUSA BARROW (Bologna)
striker Musa Barrow had an immediate impact, scoring for Bologna in his
first game since moving from Atalanta, in a 3-1 win over SPAL in the
Emilia Romagna derby. Barrow came off the bench just before the hour
mark and within a minute scored the second goal as Bologna earned their
first win in a month to sit four points off the Europa League places.
ACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)
right back Hakimi has been clocked at 36.20 km/h this season – the
quickest ever recorded in the Bundesliga – and his raw pace frequently
troubled Cologne down the right flank as his side ran out 5-1 victors at
Signal Iduna Park. After a stellar first half of the season, Hakimi has
been overshadowed by Jadon Sancho and the arrival of Erling Haaland
since the winter break but still remains one of Dortmund’s most potent
CHRISTOPHER ANTWI-ADJEI (Paderborn)
midfielder Antwi-Adjei scored his first top-flight goal for Paderborn
in his side’s crucial 2-0 away win over SC Freiburg which lifts his side
off the bottom of the Bundesliga. Antwi-Adjei, who scored 10 goals in
Paderborn’s run to promotion last season, showed impressive balance and
composure to fend off Freiburg defender Jonathan Schmid while sliding
the ball under goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow in the 48th minute to give
Paderborn the lead.
AMINE HARIT (Schalke)
Harit was one of the few Schalke players to emerge with his head held
high after the visitors were put to the sword by a rampant Bayern 5-0 at
Munich’s Allianz Arena. Harit provided spark in midfield for the
visitors, having two clear-cut chances to score in the first half.
ZOUHAIR FEDDAL (Real Betis)
defender Zouhair Feddal was sent off as Real Betis were undone by a
controversial late penalty in a 1-0 defeat by Getafe in La Liga on
Sunday. Feddal’s red card came in the 90th minute for his protests
against referee Prieto Iglesias’ decision to award Getafe a spot-kick.
Angel Rodriguez converted to lift Getafe up to fourth in the table while
the loss for Betis means they slip to 12th.
KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Lyon)
Cameroonian only arrived in Lyon on Monday at the start of his loan
period from Villarreal and had his first training session on Wednesday.
Introduced from the bench after 25 minutes in Sunday’s home game against
Toulouse, he made an immediate impact, scoring his goal for the club in
the 77th minute to close out a 3-0 win that leaves Lyon in fifth, five
points off the Champions League places.