Africa XI of UEFA Champions League Matchday 3

Mane and Salah lead strike force.
Africa 11 from UCL 3rd round

The third round of the UEFA Champions League group stage has concluded with Liverpool, Mancity, Tottenham and PSG all recording big wins. Mancity and PSG currently top their groups with 3 wins out of 3 games. Impressive stats.

We take a look at the performance of Africans at the Champions League third round as they represented their respective European club sides. We’re putting the best performers into an African XI of the third round.

Goalkeeper

Andre Onana (Cameroon) – Ajax 

The 23-year-old made some good saves in his side’s 1-0 loss to English club Chelsea and couldn’t do much about the goal he conceded. It was a decent all-round performance from the shot-stopper.

Ajax's Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Ajax’s Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana holds the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Ajax FC Amsterdam and LOSC Lille, at the Johan Cruijff Arena, in Amsterdam, on September 17, 2019. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Defenders

Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) – Tottenham Hotspur

The Ivorian had a good game as he helped his side to a clean sheet in a 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade. He also assisted Erik Lamela’s fourth goal and slowly becoming a mainstay in this Spurs team. 

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier during the UEFA Champions League, Group B football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Red Star Belgrade on October 22, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England – Photo Ian Stephen / ProSportsImages / DPPI

Brian Idowu (Nigeria) – Lokomotiv Moscow

The Nigerian defender was on the losing side as Lokomotiv Moscow saw an early goal advantage slip as they lost 2-1 to Juventus. He did, however, leave his mark on the game as he stood firm against the duo of Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado.

Lokomotiv's Brian Idowu makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Lokomotiv’s Brian Idowu holds the trophy as he celebrates his team’s victory in the Russian Super Cup match against Zenit St. Petersburg, in Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Astapkovich / Sputnik

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) – Napoli

The big centre back who is arguably Africa’s best defender, had a good game with perfectly timed tackles and interceptions as Napoli claimed a 3-2 win at Salzburg.

Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli during the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and Hellas Verona at Stadio San Paolo Naples Italy on 19 October 2019. (Photo by Franco Romano/NurPhoto)

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – Dortmund

Hakimi was on the end of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Inter Milan but still offered his team chances with his runs from deep. The Moroccan played all 90 minutes and made some vital tackles.

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Achraf HAKIMI makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Achraf HAKIMI (DO), Portrait. Bundesliga, 8th matchday, Borussia Dortmund (DO) – Borussia Monchengladbach (MG), on 19.10.2019 in Dortmund / Germany. AFP

Midfielders

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – Manchester City

The 2019 AFCON winner played all 90 minutes and assisted Raheem Sterling’s fifth goal in a 5-1 win over Atalanta. He also carved a few openings for himself and was a constant threat on the right side of the City attack.

Manchester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Manchester City’s Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Manchester City and Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Thomas Partey (Ghana) – Atletico Madrid

The Ghanaian midfielder is fast becoming a key member of the Atletico Madrid set up and gave another solid showing in their 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey kicks the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group D football match between Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on October 22, 2019. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Naby Keita (Guinea) – Liverpool

The midfielder made his first start since his return from injury and played all 90 minutes in a comfortable 4-1 win for the Reds.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita (8) back in action after an injury during the Champions League match between Liverpool and FC Red Bull at Anfield, Liverpool, England on 2 October 2019. Photo Craig Galloway /ProSportsImages / DPPI

Strikers

Youssef El Arabi (Morocco) – Olympiacos

The Moroccan forward scored the opening goal for Olympiacos and came close to adding a second before German giants Bayern Munich rallied back to win the game 3-2.

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Yousef El Arabi makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
22 October 2019, Greece, Athen: Soccer: Champions League, Olympiakos Piräus – Bayern Munich, Group stage, Group B, Matchday 3 at Georgios-Karaiskakis Stadium. Youssef El Arabi (l) of FC Olympiacos cheers for the 1-0 victory. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/DPA

Sadio Mane (Senegal) – Liverpool

The in-form Senegalese attacker got a goal and an assist in a dominant 4-1 for Liverpool over Genk. He continued his impressive form this season and is the club’s top scorer.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Liverpool striker Sadio Mane during the UEFA Champions League, Group E football match between KRC Genk and Liverpool on October 23, 2019, at Liminus Arena in Genk, Belgium – Photo Nigel Keene / ProSportsImages / DPPI

Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – Liverpool

The reigning African footballer of the year made a return from injury and scored the fourth goal in a comfortable 4-1 win for Liverpool.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah makes our 3rd Round Africa 11
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League, Group E football match between KRC Genk and Liverpool on October 23, 2019, at Liminus Arena in Genk, Belgium – Photo Nigel Keene / ProSportsImages / DPPI

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