African All-Stars Midweek Review: Ivorians on the rise in Europe

Goal reviews the performances of Africa's top players from around the world's major leagues in midweek

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    #1 Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace)

    Sako smashed home an 89th-minute equaliser before James McArthur slotted home the winner in the second minute of stoppage time as Palace fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 and snatch all three points from Watford on Tuesday. The strike was the Mali international’s first for Palace in the Premier League since last scoring in August 2015 in the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
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    #2 Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

    Ivorian stalwart Toure was in the mix for City in their 4-0 rout of Swansea City on Wednesday. The 34-year-old was making only his third appearance of the campaign – his first since October - after he was introduced as a second-half substitute. 
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    #3 Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

    Mahrez continued from where he left off on Saturday as he put in another solid display and scored for Leicester again in their 4-1 thumping of Southampton on Wednesday. The strike was the Algerian's fifth of the campaign for the Foxes.
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    #4 Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur)

    Aurier got his first goal for Spurs in the 2-0 over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday as Spurs restored their place in the top four of the Premier League. Aurier's 40th-minute cross completely deceived Brighton’s Mat Ryan and drifted into the net to break the deadlock on a largely frustrating evening for the hosts, who struggled to break down the visitors until Son Heung-min killed the contest late on.
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    #5 Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin)

    Kalou netted a first-half brace on his return to the Hertha Berlin starting line-up as the Old Lady swept aside Hannover in Wednesday’s 3-1 win. Having also scored a stoppage-time equaliser against Augsburg on Sunday, the 32-year-old is now on a two-match scoring streak and will look to make it three in a row against RasenBallsport Leipzig this Sunday.
  6. #6 Ihlas Bebou (Hannover)

    Despite being outshined by Kalou, Togolese attacker Bebou will be happy with scoring the consolation goal in Hannover’s loss at Hertha. The strike was the 23-year-old’s fourth of the campaign on his 13th appearance as he continues to impress in only his maiden Bundesliga season.

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    #7 Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina)

    Babacar needed only two minutes to fire Fiorentina ahead in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Sampdoria in the Coppa Italia. The strike was the Senegalese hitman’s fourth of the campaign in all competitions from 13 outings. 
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    #8 Seydou Doumbia (Sporting)

    Doumbia got off the mark in emphatic fashion in Portugal as he hit a hat-trick for Sporting in the 4-0 win over Vilaverdense in the Portuguese Cup on Wednesday. The Ivorian had been struggling to duplicate the form that saw him score 20 goals for Basel last campaign, but will be thrilled to open his Sporting account with a treble. 
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    #9 Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock)

    Congolese midfielder Mulumbu was once again in action for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership having made his debut in the weekend. Mulumbu played his first 90 minutes since 11 February – whilst still in the books of Norwich City - and will be thrilled with his contribution having helped his side fight back from 2-0 to secure a 2-2 draw at Ross County.