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African players in Europe: Aubameyang scores special hat-trick

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick for Barcelona against Valencia on the weekend — the first participant this century to fireplace a treble in La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

It became the first hat-trick claimed by a Barcelona participant since Lionel Messi in February 2020, and helped Barca to a 4-1 away triumph.

Every other former African Footballer of the one year, Mohamed Salah, also had cause to celebrate as he scored his 150th goal for Liverpool in all competitions.

Here, AFP Sport highlights Africans who starred in the most crucial European leagues:



The Egyptian’s 150th goal breathed novel life into the Premier League title accelerate because the Reds got right here from in the back of to beat Norwich 3-1. Having trailed to Milot Rashica’s shock opener at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s facet had been procuring for a winner when Salah netted in the 67th minute, evading goalkeeper Angus Gunn to slot house. He is good the 10th participant to succeed in 150 needs in Liverpool’s historical previous and the second fastest (232 fits) after Roger Hunt (226). Liverpool are correct six points in the back of leaders Manchester Metropolis with a sport in hand.

SADIO MANE (Liverpool)

The Senegal ahead grabbed his facet’s needed equaliser against Norwich in the 64th minute with an fearless overhead kick after Kostas Tsimikas knocked on Jordan Henderson’s depraved.


The Nigerian ahead ended struggling Watford’s three-month no longer sleep for a victory with his first goal since December of their 1-0 triumph at Aston Villa. Roy Hodgson, who replaced sacked Claudio Ranieri as Watford supervisor, earned his first assemble since taking charge as Dennis headed house a depraved from Senegalese Ismaila Sarr in the 78th minute.



The Gabon captain notched a hat-trick on his first La Liga launch for Barcelona because the Catalans thrashed Valencia on the Mestalla. Aubameyang, who joined Barca on a free transfer closing month after his contract became terminated by Arsenal, scored twice in the first half of while his third became fortuitous, the ball skimming off his back after a lengthy-range strike by Pedri. The victory lifted Barca back into La Liga’s high four, above Atletico Madrid on goal distinction.



Italy-born Ekuban helped Genoa proceed their obvious accelerate of create with the leveller in a 1-1 design at fellow strugglers Venezia. The 27-year-dilapidated Ghana world equalised correct sooner than the half of-hour mark to catch Genoa a fourth entice as many fits and retain their unbeaten living below novel coach Alexander Blessin.



The Cameroon ahead scored his fourth league goal of the season as Bayern got right here from in the back of to beat bottom club Greuther Fuerth 4-1. Choupo-Moting became concerned with the fabricate-as much as Bayern’s equaliser after Fuerth took the lead in the first half of, flicking Serge Gnabry’s depraved in opposition to scorer Robert Lewandowski. He bought on the scoresheet himself in injury time, tucking away a orderly first-time perform.

RAMY BENSEBAINI (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

The Algeria defender gave away a penalty in the closing minutes of a humiliating 6-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund. Bensebaini introduced down Marius Wolf in the sphere, allowing Emre Can to crash in Dortmund’s closing goal from the train.


The Mali midfielder scored his third goal of the season in Leipzig’s emphatic 6-1 assemble at Hertha Berlin. Leipzig took administration after the hosts went down to 10 men in the second half of, and Haidara netted his facet’s fifth with a piledriver into the underside nook from the brink of the house.



The Senegal ahead made his first launch since returning to France following his nation’s Africa Cup of Nations triumph and scored halfway by the first half of at Saint-Etienne. Strasbourg needed to determine for a 2-2 design, despite the truth that, which leaves them three points off the Champions League areas in Ligue 1.


Nigeria’s Simon played a key role in Nantes’ honest correct 3-1 assemble over Paris Saint-Germain. He space up the hole goal in the fourth minute with an foremost trip and terrorised the prone PSG defence one day of.

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