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Toure magic saves City, Bolasie stars for Palace

24 November 2014, 14:00

Johannesburg - African players in Europe review - Yaya Toure struck to lift Premier League champions Manchester City past Swansea. Democratic Republic of Congo's Yannick Bolasie starred in Crystal Palace's defeat of luckless Liverpool.


YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

Toure has endured a slow start to the season, but he claimed the winning goal as the defending champions came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. The Ivorian colossus struck in the 62nd minute, striding onto a back-heel from Fernandinho and slotting the ball beneath visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski to register only his second league goal of the campaign.

WILFRIED BONY (Swansea City)

Bony finished on the losing side against Manchester City, but the Ivory Coast international continued his fine form by putting Swansea ahead with his fifth goal in six league matches. The dreadlocked 25-year-old made the breakthrough in the ninth minute, coolly slotting the ball past Joe Hart after chesting down a lofted pass from Nathan Dyer.

YANNICK BOLASIE (Crystal Palace)

Fresh from helping the Democratic Republic of Congo secure qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations, Bolasie produced a man-of-the-match performance as Crystal Palace stunned Liverpool 3-1 at Selhurst Park. The 25-year-old set up a 17th-minute equaliser for Dwight Gayle with a low shot that came back off the post and then teed up Joe Ledley for Palace's decisive second goal in the 78th minute after craftily flicking the ball over Dejan Lovren on the right flank.

SAMUEL ETO'O (Everton)

Cameroon veteran Eto'o came off the bench to create the winning goal for Leon Osman as Everton beat West Ham United 2-1 at Goodison Park. The 33-year-old striker replaced Kevin Mirallas in the 66th minute and set up the winner seven minutes later, racing down the right flank and crossing for Osman -- who was making his 400th Everton appearance -- to slide the ball home.



The Gabon winger netted a superb goal when he converted Germany defender Erik Durm's cross on 12 minutes then turned provider with a superb pass as Marco Reus scored on half-time to put Borussia Dortmund 2-0 up at Paderborn.

But last season's runners-up slumped again as they conceded two second-half goals as hosts Paderborn fought back to claim a 2-2 draw.

MARCEL NDJENG (Hertha Berlin)


Cameroon midfielder Ndjeng curled in the winning free-kick for his first goal of the season in the 86th-minute which sealed Hertha's 2-1 win at Cologne.

Nigeria striker Ujah had equalised for hosts Cologne when he converted a final pass from Japan international Yuya Osako on 58 minutes for his sixth goal of the season in all competitions after Dutch midfielder Roy Beerens had given Hertha a 1-0 half-time lead.

The victory lifted Hertha to 13th in the Bundesliga which Cologne dropped to 11th.



Muntari almost had a match to forget in the Milan derby, his howler of a pass in the eighth minute gifting Mauro Icardi a free run on goal only for Milan 'keeper Diego Lopez to come to the rescue and save with his trailing leg as the Ghanaian ran desperately back to goal. The 161st 'Derby della Madonnina' finished 1-1 after Nigerian Joel Obi levelled Jeremy Menez's 23rd minute opener for the hosts on 61 minutes.


Essien, deployed in central midfield to the right of Muntari, put in a battling performance for the Rossoneri in the 1-1 draw with Inter at a packed-out San Siro and played a direct role in Jeremy Menez's opener for the hosts when he set up Stephan El Shaarawy for the winger to find Menez unmarked in the area.

JOEL OBI (Inter Milan)

Obi had been given only a few chances to showcase his potential under former Inter coach Walter Mazzarri, but despite an otherwise underwhelming performance on his first start under Roberto Mancini the Nigerian hit a 61st minute leveller to claim his first Serie A goal and secure a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw away to Milan in the first city derby of the season.



Kameni endured a nightmare 90 minutes as Malaga's five-game winning streak came to an end with a 3-1 defeat to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

The Cameroonian looked particularly shaky from set-pieces as Atletico scored twice from corners and he was also grateful to Antoine Griezmann for firing into the side-netting after presenting the Frenchman with another clear-cut goalscoring opportunity when he flapped at a s simple cross.


Algerian international midfielder Lacen scored his first goal of the season with a fine low drive from outside the box, but it wasn't enough to prevent Getafe falling to a 2-1 defeat at Villarreal on Sunday.



The 31-year-old Senegalese striker made up for the absence of leading scorer Lucas Barrios by hitting his third goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Toulouse.

Camara tucked away his opportunity in the 87th minute after being set up by Djamel Bakar who was returning to the team after being sidelined with a knee injury.


Mali international winger Maiga, on loan from West Ham, scored two second-half penalties but was unable to prevent his team slipping to a 3-2 defeat at home to champions Paris Saint Germain. He could have had a hat-trick but saw a fine header saved well by PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu.

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