Africans in the Europa League – Match day 5
Cameroon striker Aboubakar Oumarou led the fight back for Serbian outfit Partizan Belgrade, as they came back from a 1-0 score line to win 1-2 against AZ Alkmaar.
Oumarou equalised in the 65th minute for Partizan, after being assisted by Andrija Zivkovic. Oumarou then returned the favour in the 89th minute when he set up Zivkovic to score the winner. Partizan are now placed second in Group L, Three points clear of Augsburg.
Anderlecht’s Frank Acheampong sealed their win against Monaco when he combined with Senegal defender Kara Mbodji in the 78th minute. The Ghanaian ran onto Mbodji’s hopeful forward ball and surprised Daniel Subasic with an early finish. Anderlecht are now second in Group J with a single game to come.
Basel earned a point at home to Fiorentina via Egypt midfielder Mohamed El Nenny. El Nenny beat Luigi with a stunning 30-yard strike to deny the away side a win as the game finished 2-2. Basel have qualified for the round of 32 with a game to spare.
Senegalese striker Birama Ndoye saw red when he picked up two yellow cards, in the 12th and 34th minutes, in Sion’s away match against Rubin Kazan. His team would go on to lose 2-0. Sion are still in pole position to qualify for the next round as they trail Liverpool FC by a single point in Group B.
Lokomotiv Moscow were comfortably beaten at home by Sporting Lisbon 2-4. Delvin N’dinga assisted Lokomotiv’s second goal to reduce the deficit when he delivered a dangerous cross, for Aleksey Miranchuk to slot home.
Eric Choupo-Moting scored the only goal of the game as Schalke squeezed past Apoel Nicosia. His snapshot in the penalty area beat opposition ‘keeper Boy Waterman in the 86th minute. The Cameroon striker’s team have now qualified for the next round.
Henri Saivet took advantage of Simon Mignolet’s rudimentary mistake to put Bordeaux 0-1 up against Liverpool. After Mignolet held on to the ball for too long in the penalty area Bordeaux were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the box. Saivet scored from the resulting lay-off as he curled a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool’s quality would prove too much for Bordeaux as they went on to lose 2-1.