Toure scores again for City, Bony stars for Swans
01 December 2014, 19:06
Paris - African players in Europe review - Manchester City's Yaya Toure opened the scoring for the Premier League champions in their victory against Southampton, while Wilfried Bony rattled in his 18th league goal of the season for Swansea over Crystal Palace.
YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)
After concerns that his early season form wasn't up to the standard he'd set while leading City to the title last season, the Ivory Coast midfielder scored his third goal in four matches in all competitions to break the deadlock away to Southampton on Sunday. Teed up by Sergio Aguero, he let fly in typical fashion with a 20-yard shot that went into the bottom-left corner. City went on to win 3-0 and leapfrog Southampton into second place.
WILFRIED BONY (Swansea City)
Twice went close to opening the scoring before firing Swansea into a 1-0 lead against Crystal Palace with his 18th Premier League goal of the calendar year -- the best tally in the division. Gylfi Sigurdsson found him on the edge of the penalty area and the Ivory Coast striker's smart turn and 15th-minute shot gave Julian Speroni no chance in the Palace goal. However, Swansea had to be content with a point after visitors Palace equalised through Mile Jedinak in a 1-1 draw.
CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (West Ham)
The Senegal midfielder provided the 55th-minute pass that set up Aaron Cresswell for his first West Ham goal as the Hammers ended Newcastle's six-match winning run in all competitions with a 1-0 victory at Upton Park on Saturday.
MAME BIRAM DIOUF (Stoke City)
Endured a frustrating match at Anfield as the Potters lost 1-0 to Liverpool on Saturday. Before Glen Johnson scored the only goal of the game five minutes from time, the Senegal forward saw his his low effort well-saved by Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at his near post.
CHEICK DIABATE (Bordeaux)
The giant Mali striker was the match-winner as Bordeaux kept their Champions League challenge on course. The six-foot four-inch forward finished a cross from Nicolas Maurice-Belay from close range just past the hour mark.
JORDAN AYEW (Lorient)
The less famous brother of Marseille's Andre Ayew was the hero of the hour as Lorient came from behind to win 3-2 at Toulouse with three goals in a five-minute purple patch. Ghana's Ayew scored the third of those from the spot after he earned the penalty when Swiss defender Francois Moubandje brought him down.
BENJAMIN MOUKANDJO (Reims)
The Cameroon forward stole the show as Reims beat Bastia 2-1 at home on Saturday. Brought on as a substitute with half an hour to play, Moukandjo converted a pass from Gaetan Charbonnier with six minutes left to snatch the three points.
MAX-ALAIN GRADEL Saint Etienne
The Ivory Coast international midfielder was the catalyst behind Saint Etienne ending a 20-year hoodoo at home to Lyon when his two assists provided the springboard for a 3-0 win. On what was his 27th birthday Gradel not only set the pace in a three man midfield, but his link-up play also proved decisive and will have alerted Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard with the African Cup of Nations only six weeks away.
ERIC CHOUPO-MOTING (Schalke 04)
The Cameroon forward supplied the final pass for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's first and third goal as the Netherlands striker claimed a hat-trick in Schalke's 4-1 win over Mainz to bounce back from their Chelsea debacle. The 25-year-old Choupo-Moting partnered Huntelaar up front and put in another impressive display having scored twice in the Royal Blues 3-2 win over VfL Wolfsburg last weekend.
JOEL MATIP (SCHALKE 04)
Cameroon defender Matip will miss Schalke's five remaining matches of 2014 -- including their crucial Champions League clash at Maribor -- after fracturing a bone in his foot. The 23-year-old had only just returned after missing the last 30 days with a bruised foot. Matip fractured his metatarsal in training for the Royal Blues' 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday which left Robert di Matteo's side needing to beat Maribor away in 10 days time, while hoping Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon at home, to stand any chance of reaching the Champions League's last 16.
Ivory Coast striker Gervinho ended his scoring drought by netting Roma's opener in a 4-2 win at home to Inter, which handed returning Nerazzurri coach Roberto Mancini his first defeat in his second spell at the club. Gervinho had the ball in the net a second time but was ruled off for offside. It was only Gervinho's second goal of the league campaign, having claimed his opener in a 2-0 win over Fiorentina in the first game of the season.
MICHAEL ESSIEN (AC Milan)
Essien saw a long-range drive on goal saved by Udinese 'keeper Orestis Karnezis but the Ghanaian's game came to a premature end when he was cautioned for a second time, for sticking his hand in the face of Allan (Allan), as he fought to keep possession during a run down the right flank. Essien had earlier been shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Guilherme.
SAPHIR TAIDER (Sassuolo)
Algerian midfielder Taider's 77th minute strike wrapped up the points for Sassuolo in a precious 2-1 win a home to Verona which stretched the hosts' run of games without defeat to seven. After 12 games Sassuolo sit 10th, one place above Inter, at 16 points behind leaders Juventus.
IKECHUKWU UCHE (Villarreal)
Nigerian striker Uche registered his fifth goal of the season with a fortuitous finish as he flicked in Jonathan dos Santos's corner at the near post to seal Villarreal's 2-0 win at bottom of the table Cordoba.
STEPHANE MBIA (Sevilla) & YOUSSEF EL-ARABI (Granada)
Moroccan forward El-Arabi scored his first goal in six games from the penalty spot after Mbia had handled inside his own area to send Granada in level 1-1 at half-time in their Andalusian derby away to Sevilla on Sunday. However, Cameroonian midfielder Mbia had the last laugh as he powered home his side's fourth goal with a towering header in the second-half as the hosts romped to a 5-1 win.