PARIS, France– Gambian
Musa Barrow was the star African performer in Europe at the weekend, scoring
twice for Bologna in a 3-2 Serie A victory at Roma. 

The 21-year-old forward is on loan from Champions League
last-16 qualifiers Atalanta and valued at 13 million euros ($14,2 mn).

He stole the limelight as many African stars, including
Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, were enjoying mid-season breaks.

ENGLAND

WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)

The Ivorian’s fifth assist of the season for Christian
Benteke was not enough to halt Crystal Palace’s Premier League slide as the
Eagles were beaten 3-1 at Everton. Palace have not won in eight games and
remain six points above the relegation zone.

SPAIN

YOUSSEF EN-NESYRI (Sevilla)

The Moroccan scored his first goal for Sevilla but could not
prevent them slipping to a 2-1 defeat at struggling Celta Vigo in La Liga.
En-Nesyri joined Sevilla from Leganes last month and put them ahead after
racing clear and finishing in the 23rd minute.

ITALY

MUSA BARROW (Bologna)

The Gambian scored two excellent individual efforts either
side of half-time to send Bologna on their way to a 3-2 victory over Roma.
Barrow has scored three goals in four games since moving to Bologna, who
climbed to seventh, just one point off the Europa League berths.

JEREMIE BOGA (Sassuolo)

The Ivorian found the net for a second consecutive game with
his 90th-minute header and also earned the penalty that gave Sassuolo their
first goal in a 2-1 win at rock-bottom SPAL. Boga has scored seven league goals
this season.

FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)

Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie set up AC Milan’s second goal
with his clever flick towards Zlatan Ibrahimovic allowing the Swede to head in
against city rivals Inter Milan. But Milan let their two-goal advantage from
the first half slip and fell 4-2 to drop to 10th.

GERMANY                           

ACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)

The Moroccan was a handful on the right wing, but his
Dortmund team leaked two late goals within 82 seconds to crash to a 4-3 defeat
at Bayer Leverkusen. At 2-2 early in the second half, it was Hakimi’s return
pass that Jadon Sancho swept home for a superb strike, which was disallowed
after the VAR spotted a push in the build up. However, the 21-year-old, on loan
from Real Madrid for the rest of the season, set up Raphael Guerreiro, who
fired home from a tight angle moments later to put Dortmund 3-2 up with 25
minutes left.

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)

The 34-year-old former Ivory Coast striker is set to leave
Hertha Berlin when his contract runs out in June, having sat out a 3-1 defeat
at home to Mainz — the fifth game in a row head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has
left him out of the squad. After his contract expires, the former Chelsea
forward says he would like to link up with former Blues team-mate John Terry,
now assistant coach at Aston Villa, but would have difficulty getting a permit
to play in England, so America could be an option.

FRANCE

VICTOR OSIMHEN (LILLE)

The Nigerian striker continued his fine debut campaign in
Ligue 1 with the opening goal as Lille won 2-0 at Angers to move to within a
solitary point of the Champions League places. It was his 12th league goal of
the season, but the 21-year-old’s night ended when he was stretchered off in
the second half with an apparent thigh injury.

MAJEED WARIS (STRASBOURG)

The 28-year-old Ghanaian forward returned for a third spell
in France last month when he joined Strasbourg from Porto on a loan deal that
will be turned into a permanent transfer at the end of the season. He scored
his first goal for his new club in a 1-0 win at Toulouse last midweek and
followed that up by scoring again in a 3-0 win over Reims that left Strasbourg
just outside the European places in France’s top flight.

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