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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Africans Abroad

09:01 GMT 02/03/2020
Ismaila Sarr Troy Deeney
Goal review the continent’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund 2019-20

    Too Good: Achraf Hakimi

    Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday was their third league win on the spin, and they closed the gap on second-placed RasenBallsport Leipzig to one point as the latter could only draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

    In-form Hakimi delivered another glowing performance at right wing-back, completing all his dribbles and winning all his ground duels. The Morocco star was unlucky not to score his third Bundesliga goal of the season with an effort that went close.

    Third-placed Dortmund are now three points off leaders Bayern Munich, and will be looking to take advantage of any slip-up in Bavaria.

  • Fousseni Diabate

    Too Bad: Fousseni Diabate

    Amiens fell to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Metz, extending their winless run in all competitions to 12.

    Diabate was out of sorts for 75 minutes as he struggled to do anything noteworthy until his substitution. The left winger lost possession several times, came out second-best in many duels and missed a presentable opportunity that could’ve secured a point for his side.

    Second-bottom Amiens are still five points off 17th-placed Dijon, who lost 4-0 at Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Youssef En-Nesyri - Sevilla

    Too Good: Youssef En-Nesyri

    The striker spared Sevilla’s blushes against Osasuna with a late goal in second-half stoppage time to carry his side to their 13th win of the season, thus retaining third spot in La Liga.

    Julen Lopetegui’s side had thrown away a two-goal advantage against the visitors who had Sergio Herrera sent off at the start of the second-half, but scored two goals thereafter nonetheless.

    However, the 22-year-old frontman netted his second of the night with the game nearing its end to make sure the headlines on Sunday weren’t about the Seville outfit losing a seemingly unassailable lead.

  • Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2019-20

    Too Bad: Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

    Having scored in Liverpool’s comeback 3-2 win over West Ham United on Monday night, Salah and Mane were expected to put second-bottom Watford to the sword at Vicarage Road.

    In surprising scenes in Hertfordshire, though, the league leaders were crushed 3-0 by their hardworking hosts, a result which ended the Reds’ 44-game winless run.

    Salah and Mane were largely kept quiet by the Hornets; the former could only attempt two shots while his Senegal teammate had none.

    The defeat doesn’t quite put Liverpool’s title aspirations under threat as they still have a 22-point advantage over Manchester City (who have a game in hand) but the manner of their collapse will worry Klopp.

  • Ismaila Sarr Watford Liverpool 290220

    Too Good: Ismaila Sarr

    It was meant to be business as usual for Liverpool when they travelled to Watford on Saturday evening, with many expecting the Reds to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 45 games.

    However, Sarr and his teammates had other ideas with a resounding 3-0 win over Jurgen Klopp’s lacklustre side. The wideman netted a brace, set up Troy Deeney’s strike and could’ve scored his third of the game but narrowly missed.

    It was the Senegal international’s first start in a month and his impact was palpable in inflicting Liverpool’s first defeat of the season.

    The win takes Nigel Pearson’s side out of the bottom three, although they’re level on 27 points with West Ham United and Bournemouth, in 16th and 18th respectively.