Monday, April 2, 2007

African Stars in Europe

Here's how some of Africa's best fared over the weekend in Europe:

-- In England, Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou kept Chelsea in the hunt to retain their English championship.

Kalou scored in injury time to give the Blues a 1-0 victory over hosts Watford. The result keeps Chelsea within six points of leaders Manchester United.

-- In Spain, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o added to his tally to keep Barcelona at the top of the table with a 50th minute goal.

Barcelona defeated Deportivo La Coruna 2-1 and after 28 games the La Liga holders have a two-point lead over closest rivals Sevilla.

-- In Italy, Messina's Ivorian defender Marc Andre Zoro was sent-off in the 75th minute. To make matters worse, his side lost 2-0 to Cagliari.

-- In France, Algeria's Rafik Saifi helped Lorient to a 2-1 win over Marseille on Friday with a 60th minute goal.

Guinea's Ismael Bangoura gave Le Mans the lead against Auxerre who fought back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2.

Kanga Akale from Ivory Coast scored the first Auxerre goal.

Another Ivorian Amara Diane (pictured, right) opened the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat Lens 2-1 - PSG are still only one point above the relegation zone in France.

-- In Holland, PSV Eindhoven striker Arouna Kone will miss Tuesday's Champions League match against England's Liverpool because of injury.

The Ivorian has not yet recovered from the knee injury that ruled him out of last weekend's Nations Cup qualifier against Madagascar.

Kone's absence is a blow to the Dutch side ahead of the first-leg of the quarter final clash in Eindhoven as they have two other players on the injury list.

Liverpool's Malian midfielder Mohammed Sissoko will also miss Tuesday's game because he is suspended.

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