ROUND UP: Mixed results for Africans in Europa League
It was a great night for some Africans players in the second-leg ties of the last 32 of the Europa League.
Africa Football Shop breaks down African players performance in the Europa League on Thursday as the competition enters its last 16 stage.
Egyptian Mohamed Salah continued his goalscoring form for Fiorentina by grabbing the second as The Viola’s knocked out Tottenham in Florence. Youngster Babacar warmed the bench but there was no place in the Tottenham team for Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor. Algerian Nabil Bentaleb was a starter for Spurs.
Christopher Samba‘s Dynamo Moscow sent Anderlecht crashing out of the competition by defeating the Belgians 3-1 on aggregate. Anderlecht started the African duo of Ghanaian Frank Acheampong and Guinean Ibrahima Conte.
Turkish side Besiktas clinched an historic win over Liverpool in Istanbul as Demba Ba and Daniel Opare both saw full-time action. African Champion Kolo Toure earned a rare start for The Merseysiders but was unable to halt Liverpool crashing out on penalties.
Guinea captain Ibrahima Traore was a 72nd minute substitute as Borussia Monchengladbach exited the Europa League losing 2-4 on aggregate. Stephane Mbia was an unused substitute for Sevilla who go through to the last 16.
French side Guingamp crashed bowed out in Ukraine as Dynamo Kiev run-out 3-1 (4-3 Agg) winners on the night to progress. Ivorian Benjamin Angoua started for Guingamp while Diallo and Yatabare entered proceedings on the 60th & 77th minutes respectively. Mamadou Samassa watched the entire match from the bench.
Algerian Islam Slimani was a 64th minute substitute as a 0-0 stalemate against Wolfsburg saw Sporting Lisbon exit the Europa League.
Greek giants Olympiakos 2-2 draw with Dnipro in Athens wasn’t enough as the Ukrainians progressed to the next stage. There was no game time for Congolese midfielder Delvin Ndinga but Togolese winger Mathieu Dossevi was a 65th minute substitute.
It was a tall order for Turkish side Trabzonspor who crashed out 5-0 on aggregate. Faouzi Ghoulam was a full-timer for Napoli and Algerian compatriot Carl Medjani played full throttle for Trabzonspor. Kevin Constant was an unused substitute.
Two Africans were on target in a game marred by crown violence in Rotterdam. Dutch-born Ghanaian Elvis Manu came off the bench to draw Feyenoord level on aggregate but Ivorian Gervinhno was once again the hero for Roma as his 60th minute winner was enough to send the Italians to the next stage. Seydou Keita was in full-time action for Roma.
There was no place for Christian Atsu in the Everton squad who thumped Young Boys 7-2 over two legs to progress. Ivorian Arouna Kone was a 48th minute substitute. Sekou Sanogo scored a 13th minute consolation while Ghanaian Samuel Afum warmed the bench.
Tunisian Omar El Kaddouri played 84 minutes as Torino edged out Athletic Bilbao 3-2 on the night to progress into the last 16.
Naby Keita‘s Red Bull Salzburg were sent crashing out by Spanish side Villareal. Eric Bailly remained on the bench in Austria.
Inter Milan secured their last 16 berth after defeating Celtic in Milan. Efe Ambrose was introduced in the 40th minute but there was no action for Nigerian Joel Obi or Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak who both watched from the bench.