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Review of Africans in Europe
Riyad Mahrez missed what could be a crucial penalty for Manchester City, while Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Joel Matip, and Mohamed Salah lifted another trophy this season.
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Too Bad: Sadio Mane
Despite the fact Liverpool won the FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was a bad day for Mane, who missed his spot-kick.
Edouard Mendy managed to save Mane’s penalty – Liverpool’s fifth – as the Merseysiders went on to win the shoot-out contest by a 6-5 margin.
Salah was injured in the 33rd minute, while Keita was replaced as James Milner came on. Matip took Virgil van Dijk’s place when Jurgen Klopp made a 90th-minute change, while Mali eligible Ibrahima Konate played from start to finish.
Too Good: Taiwo Awoniyi
The Nigeria star grabbed a brace as Union Berlin defeated Bochum 3-2 in their last Bundesliga game of the season.
Awoniyi added Berlin’s second goal from the penalty spot in the 25th minute before he scored the third in the 88th minute as they finished the season fifth on 57 points.
Too Bad: Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech
Both played critical roles in the FA Cup, although Chelsea eventually ended up on the losing end.
Mendy kept a clean sheet before the penalty shootout – when he stopped his international teammate Mane from scoring - while Ziyech scored one of Chelsea’s penalties, but their efforts could not deny Liverpool the trophy at Wembley Stadium.
Too Good: Jeffrey Schlupp and Marc Guehi
Both combined to produce Crystal Palace’s equalizer against Aston Villa in the 81st minute. Villa had taken a 69th-minute lead, but Schlupp – with an assist from Guehi – scored the equaliser late in the second half.
Schlupp’s equaliser for the Eagles came just three minutes and 37 seconds after he came off the bench. It was the Eagles’ seventh goal via a substitute this season, their most ever in a single Premier League campaign (excluding own goals).
He has now scored five league goals as a substitute for Palace, with no player netting more such goals for the Eagles. Dwight Gayle also has five.
Too Bad: Samuel Kalu and Oghenekaro Etebo
Both were part of the Watford side that suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City at Vicarage Road.
Kalu started and played the entire game, while Etebo came on as a substitute as the Hornets suffered their 15th home league defeat of the season, the joint-most by any side in a single English top-flight campaign, level with Blackpool in 1966-67 and Stoke City in 1984-85.
William Troost-Ekong was an unused substitute in the game.
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Too Bad: Riyad Mahrez
The Algerian missed a penalty for Manchester City during their game – which ended in a 2-2 draw – against West Ham United.
The Citizens fought back from 2-0 down, but Mahrez let them down with a missed penalty that would have given them the lead and kept the gap with Liverpool wider.
He has missed two penalties in all competitions for Manchester City – his first against Liverpool in October 2018, and his most recent attempt against West Ham. The Algerian converted nine consecutive penalties in between.
Too Good: Victor Osimhen
The Super Eagles striker netted his 14th goal of the Serie A season when he helped Napoli beat Genoa 3-0.
He opened the score in the 32nd minute before Lorenzo Insigne and Stanislav Lobotka – with an assist from Cameroon’s Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – scored the second and third goals, respectively.
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