20 November 2012

Africa: N\'diaye the Hero in Rennes Epic Victory Over PSG

Rennes goalkeeper Cheick N'Diaey was carried off the pitch after the Senegalese's heroic saves handed the nine-man team an improbable win over Paris Saint Germain in the French Ligue 1 over the weekend. In the English Premier League, Emmanuel Adbayor from Togo scored and then got sent off in Tottenham's heavy defeat against Arsenal. Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie scored for West Brom in their stunning triumph over Chelsea. In Spain's La Liga Obafemi Martins from Nigeria scored his first away goal in Levante's 2-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna.


EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Tottenham Hotspur)

Togolese striker Adebayor was the villain of the piece in Tottenham's 5-2 thrashing by north London rivals Arsenal. The former Arsenal striker broke the deadlock in the 10th minute at the Emirates Stadium but was then sent off for a foul on Santi Cazorla, who starred as the hosts ran riot.

PETER ODEMWINGIE (West Bromwich Albion)

Odemwingie claimed the winning goal as West Brom stunned Chelsea 2-1 at The Hawthorns to climb to fourth place in the table. The Nigeria international struck five minutes into the second half, heading home a cross from strike partner Shane Long at the near post.


Bassong formed part of an impressive rearguard action in Norwich's shock

1-0 victory over Manchester United at Carrow Road. The Cameroonian centre-back was instrumental in keeping United at bay, but almost scored an injury-time own goal when his header had to be tipped over the bar by Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy.

DEMBA BA (Newcastle United)

The Senegal centre-forward's eighth goal of the season was not enough to prevent Newcastle from slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea City. Ba got on the score-sheet in injury time, heading in from close range after Sylvain Marveaux's shot came back off the crossbar.


Beninese midfielder Sessegnon produced a superb strike from 25 yards to seal Sunderland's 3-1 win at Fulham. The former Paris Saint-Germain player struck in the 70th minute to claim his first goal of the season and secure Sunderland's second win of the campaign.


MAX GREDEL (Saint Etienne)

Ivory Coast forward Max Gradel netted twice for Saint-Etienne against Evian in Les Verts' 2-2 draw. He nodded in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's cross on 10 minutes for an early lead and added a second on 28 minutes following another assist from Gabonese international Aubameyang.


N'Diaye was a key figure as nine-man Rennes produced some impressive rearguard action to hold off the Ligue 1 title favourites Paris Saint-Germain and was carried off the pitch by his teammates in celebration at the Parc des Princes. The Senegalese goalkeeper came off the bench to replace booked first-choice custodian Benoit Costil in the Brittany outfit's improbable 2-1 win.


ASSANI LUKIMYA (Werder Bremen)

The Congolese centre-back was sent off for Werder Bremen after his second booking on 77 minutes as his side came from behind to seal a 2-1 win over ex-club Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga.



Boateng has been so off target with his shooting this season one might wonder whether he has been told to stop going for goal. In the 2-2 comeback draw the Ghanaian's biggest contribution was turning provider for true goalscorers like Stephan El Shaarawy.


A dominant Juventus missed several goal opportunities past Lazio during their scoreless draw, and Ghanaian Asamoah was the first to test 'keeper Federico Marchetti with a stinging shot after a surge down the left early on.



Granada were unlucky to lose 1-0 to Atletico Madrid despite playing well with Youssef El Arabi a constant threat in attack. Granada had control of the match for long periods. The Moroccan national's best attempt after 30 minutes was saved from close range by keeper Thibaut Courtois.


Key counter-attacker Martins put Levante ahead in the 2-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna before the break as he latched onto a long pass, rounded the keeper and slotted home. He was tripped in the second half by keeper Daniel Aranzubia outside the box and the shot-stopper was sent off.

ALEX SONG (Barcelona)

The Cameroonian scored a rare goal in Barcelona's 3-1 win over Zaragoza in his more habitual role in the centre of midfield. Injuries at the back have kept him more often deployed in defence since his summer move from Arsenal.

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