Goal.com’s James Momanyi takes a look at how African players performed in Germany on the weekend...
Hannover’s Tunisia defender Karim Haggui started the Saturday evening circus by scoring an own goal in the 15th minute before Rob Friend added another for Gladbach. But luckily Ivorian striker Didier Ya Konan pulled one back for Hannover before the break.
The drama continued in the second half when Constant Djakpa scored another own goal to make it 3-1 to Gladbach. Michael Bradley added a fourth on 68 minutes, but Ya Konan scored his second before Christian Schulz made it 4-3 to put Hannover back in the game as full time approached. Ya Konan was sent off in the 84th minute after receiving a second yellow card and
Karim Haggui finished the tragically comic evening for Hannover when he netted another own goal to help Gladbach win 5-3. At the Easy Credit Stadium, Nuerberg, who didn’t feature any of their African players were hammered 4-0 by Hamburg SV. Ivorian defender, Guy Demel played the full game for the victors.
In another Bundesliga match, Nigerian lethal striker, Chinedu Obasi was taken off in the 79th minute as his team Hoffeinheim were held to a 1-1 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt. His teammate, Senegalese striker Demba Ba played the full game.
Freiburg were also held to a 0-0 draw against Koeln on Saturday. Cameroonian striker Mohamed Idrissou, Congolese attacker Cedric Makiadi and Moroccan midfielder Yacine Abdessadki played full games for Freiburg. Idrissou and Makiadi received yellow cards in the 15th and 78th minutes respectively.
Another Cameroonian attacker Joel Epalle had a nightmare as his club Bochum was hit 5-1 by the mighty Bayern Munich, fresh from qualification to the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Epalle was subbed in the 76th minute.
On Sunday, Mainz earned a 1-1 draw at home to VfB Stuttgart. Aristide Bance played a full game for Mainz while Ivorian defender Arthur Boka also turned in 90 minutes for Stuttgart.
Wolfsburg, who were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League when they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United this week, continued their awful home streak when they lost by a similar margin to Borussia Dortmund. Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan played for the victors until the 62nd minute when he picked up a knock. The severity of his injury is not yet known.
James Momanyi, Goal.com