20 May 2013

African Players in Europe - Mulumbu Goal Helps Spoil Fergie's Farewell

Democratic Republic of Congo and West Bromwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu played party pooper at the weeked in an amazing 5-5 English Premier League draw with Manchester United. Mulumbu scored with nine minutes left and the Baggies equalised soon after at the Hawthorns to deprive Alex Ferguson of a victory in his final match as boss of the Red Devils.

Senegalese Demba Ba set up the opening goal as Chelsea won 2-1 at Stamford

Bridge against Everton, whose goal was created by Nigerian Victor Anichebe.



The DR Congo midfielder helped spoil Ferguson's farewell party as Albion recovered from twice being three goals down to draw 5-5 in an astonishing clash against United. Ferguson was taking charge of United for the 1,500th and final time before retiring and must have thought he would go out with a win when the champions led 5-2 with nine minutes left. But Mulumbu steered home an 81st-minute cross to make it 5-4 and Romelu Lukaku equalised.

DEMBA BA (Chelsea)

The Senegal striker played a key role as his side secured third place in the Premier League, producing an assist in a 2-1 win over Everton. Rafael Benitez's team needed three points to ensure they avoided the prospect of a third-place play-off with Arsenal and Ba set the tone as his seventh-minute shot was parried by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and Juan Mata fired in the rebound to open the scoring.


The Nigerian striker set up his team's goal in their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in David Moyes' final match as Everton manager before moving to Manchester United. The Toffees equalised in the 14th minute when Anichebe's clever turn and pass picked out Steven Naismith, who fired home.


The Togo striker's season ended in frustration as Arsenal pipped their north London rivals in the race to finish fourth in the Premier League. Tottenham, with Adebayor playing the full 90 minutes, won 1-0 at home to Sunderland, but Arsenal's 1-0 victory at Newcastle meant Andre Villas-Boas's side had to settle for fifth place and once again missed Champions League qualification.

YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

The Ivory Coast midfielder was unable to prevent his manager-less side crashing 3-2 at home against Norwich. With Roberto Mancini sacked last week and City guaranteed second place, there was little to play for at Eastlands and it was hardly surprising that Toure and his team-mates delivered a lacklustre display.



The teenage full-back, capped once by Guinea, scored his side's first goal in a 2-1 win at Sochaux as Toulouse comfortably clinched mid-table security.

OMAR DAF (Sochaux)

The 36-year-old Senegal defender announced his retirement from football at the weekend after 16 years in France. Daf has played 263 times for Sochaux in the top two divisions.



Ivory Coast striker Ya Konan scored twice in a 3-0 win which confirmed opponents Fortuna Duesseldorf's relegation, while Senegal forward Diouf netted the opener and set up Ya Konan's first. Diouf netted his 12th league goal of the season when he made his first touch count on 36 minutes, then played goal-provider on 61 minutes when his cross was converted by Ya Konan. The Ivorian netted his seventh league goal of the season on 76 minutes when he was left unmarked and hit the top right-hand corner of the net.

ARTHUR BOKA (Stuttgart)

Defensive midfielder Arthur Boka scored his first Bundesliga goal on the last day of the season in a 2-2 draw at home to Mainz. The Ivorian put his side 2-1 up on 33 minutes with a thunderbolt which gave goalkeeper Christian Wetklo no chance.



Asamoah did not make Antonio Conte's squad for Juventus's final match of the season at Sampdoria, although Conte's choice was not thought to be a reflection of the Ghanaian's recent performances. Conte made several changes from his starting line-up, but the plan backfired. A Juventus win in Genoa would have allowed the Bianconeri to finish the season having beaten all 19 teams -- a feat not achieved by the club in the league in 51 years. However, Sampdoria wrecked Juve's party with a deserved 3-1 win.


Boateng failed to make AC Milan's match-day squad for a trip to Siena, where the Rossoneri required nothing less than a win if they were to hold third place and clinch the last Champions League spot. Fiorentina, in fourth and only two points adrift before the game, threatened to leapfrog Milan as

they surged to a 5-0 lead at Pescara. Milan were saved only three minutes from the final whistle when French defender Philippe Mexes bundled a winner into the Siena net three minutes after Mario Balotelli had pulled the visitors level from the penalty spot.



Senegalese Diakhate, Moroccan El-Arabi and Nigerian Ighalo were involved as Granada all but secured La Liga status next season with a 3-0 win over Osasuna. El-Arabi opened the scoring with his seventh league goal of the season and after Guilherme Siqueira doubled their advantage, Ighalo teed up Diego Buonanotte to score the third.

MANUCHO (Valladolid)

Manucho won Valldolid's late penalty in a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona. The Angolan was only brought on for the final 13 minutes, but his surge into the box provoked Marin Montoya into an ill-advised lunge and Victor Perez convered the resulting penalty.

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