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Awoniyi, Salah Star As Africans Face Highs And Lows In Europe

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It was an unpalatable feeling at Selhurst Park as Liverpool took Crystal Palace to the cleaners.

The game featuring more than six African players saw highs and lows as the Reds made the Eagles see red.

Title favourites, Liverpool got out of the blocks in good time to thrash a hapless Palace side featuring Ghanaian internationals, Jeffrey Schlupp and Jordan Ayew, Senegal’s Cheikh Kouyate, Ivory Coast’s Wilfred Zaha and Anglo-Nigerian Ebere Eze. The heavy presence of Africans was however nullified by yet another star performance from Egyptian, Mohammed Salah.

Salah and teammate and Senegal star, Sadio Mane both scored three goals in the drubbing. Guinean international, Naby Keita also featured in the game.

In Germany, the Liverpool connection continued as Taiwo Awoniyi, on loan from Anfield, continued his resurgence at Union Berlin. The former youth international scored against Borussia Dortmund to help his capital-based side to a victory over the Black and Yellow. It was Awoniyi’s 4th goal in 6 games. – High

Dortmund’s 16-year old Cameroonian, Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the German Bundesliga in the game. – High

In Leicester’s 2-0 away win over Tottenham, Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi was a solid presence for the Foxes as they tore Jose Mourinho’s side apart. – High

In Italy, Khalidou Koulibaly and Napoli fell to a 2-0 loss to Lazio in a game Victor Osimhen missed due to a shoulder injury he sustained while on international duty. – Low

Inter’s Morrocan international, Achraf Hakimi was on the scoresheet as the Nerazzuris defeated Spezia 2-1. – High

Nigeria’s Simy Nwankwo scored as Crotone fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria. The lanky attacker scored from the spot in the game to take his season’s tally to four. – Low

Mali’s Charles Traore grabbed a goal as Nantes played a 1-1 draw against Angers. Nigeria’s Moses Simon also played a part in the game.

In Lyon’s 4-1 victory over Nice, Cameroon’s Karl Toko Ekambi scored one of the goals while Zimbabwe’s Tino Kadewere grabbed another. – High

Mali’s Moussa Marega scored for FC Porto as they ran out 2-0 victors against National. The game also featured Congolese, Chancel Mbemba and Nigeria’s Zaidu Sanusi. – High

In the Dutch league, Nigerian goalkeeper Maduka Okoye fell with Sparta Rotterdam as they were beaten 3-2 at home by Groningen. – Low

His compatriot, Tyrone Ebuehi was also on parade as FC Twente defeated VVV Venlo 2-1. – High

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Creates New Record for Philadelphia

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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid has become the first Philadelphia 76ers player to record 45 points, more than 15 rebounds and over 5 steals in a single game since 1974.

Embiid, who played college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, created the record in Philadelphia’s 137-134 defeat of Miami Heats.

The Cameroonian 2014 draft for Philadelphia has so far had a good season with fans of the 76ers hailing his work rate and aggression.

Embiid’s teammate, Danny Green also created a franchise record of nine-three pointers from his total of 29 points.

The Cameroonian impressed and was all over the court as fans are already mouthing a possible MVP nomination for him.

“I’ve got a goal. I want to win the championship and I can’t do it alone,” Embiid said.

Nigeria’s Gabe Vincent and Precious Achiuwa impressed for Miami in the game with Vincent scoring 24 points in his first career start, while Achiuwa made his first start since being drafted in the top 30 picks during the off season.

Achiuwa, born in Port Harcourt, Southern Nigeria, scored 17 points and 13 rebounds in what’s the highest of his freshly-starting NBA career.

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Algeria’s Slimani Joins Lyon on a Free Transfer

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Algerian forward, Islam Slimani, has signed for Lyon on a free transfer, the French club has announced.

Slimani, who scored 13 goals in 47 games in all competitions for Leicester, joins Lyon on an 18-month contract.

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon,” Slimani said.

“I’ve joined a team that’s top of the league, playing well and scoring goals. I want to help the club achieve its objectives.”

“I’m very happy and proud to join a big club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was a child, I came to the area, to Givors, to play in tournaments with my team. I’m a combative person who gives everything on the pitch.”

He added: “Lyon is a big club and near the top of the table every season, playing to participate in the Champions League.

“I spoke to Djamel Benlamri a lot. He told me a lot of good things about the club, the players and the coach. I’m here to help the team. Even if I start as a substitute, get in the game and help the team, the coach won’t let me sit on the bench.”

Slimani, 32, began his professional career in his native country. After four successful seasons at CR Belouizdad, he left Algeria to join Sporting Club de Portugal in 2013. In Portugal, he spent three seasons and in his final season he scored 27 goals in 33 league appearances.

In 2016, Slimani joined Leicester City where he formed a very complementary duo with Riyad Mahrez. After the departure of Claudio Ranieri from the Foxes, the Algerian international played less and went out on loan.

In 2019, Slimani won the Africa Cup of Nations with Algeria.

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Match Preview: Real Sociedad vs Barcelona – Line Up, Prediction, and Team News

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Barcelona could be said to be “back and better” after going eight straight games without a loss in the La Liga. This recent form should get Real Sociedad worried as the two teams match up tonight in Córdoba for the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup.

POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann

R. Sociedad (4-3-3): Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, Guridi; Portu, Willian José, Oyarzabal

TEAM FORM

Real Sociedad: LLLWDL

Barcelona: DWDWWW

MATCH DETAILS

Competition/Round: 2021 Supercopa de España, Semifinal 1

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)

Venue: Estadio Nuevo Arcángel, Córdoba, Spain

Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero

VAR: José Luis González González

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