ROUND-UP: Africans in La Liga
It was a good weekend in La Liga for Thomas Partey and Sofiane Feghouli, as both scored to help their respective clubs to victory.
Africa Football Shop rounds up how the continent’s players fared in game week 31 of La Liga.
Ghanaian midfielder Partey hit a superb brace to give Almeria hopes of beating the drop with a timely victory in a 3-0 win over Granada at home. Thievy Bifouma, Ramon Azeez and Jonathan Zongo featured for the hosts, while Allan Nyom lasted the entire duration of the game for Granada but Youssef El-Arabi was replaced in the 55th minute by John Córdoba.
Carlos Kameni, Nordin Amrabat and Arthur Boka had a frustrating time with Malaga as Los Bosqueros threw away a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Atletico Madrid.
Manucho scored Rayo Vallecano’s only goal in a 6-1 hammering at Celta Vigo. Abdoulaye Ba was in action for Rayo. However, Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Fatau was unused by Los Vallecanos.
Stephane M’bia came on as a substitute in the 70th minute for Sevilla, who fought from two goals down to share the spoils with league leaders Barcelona. Sevilla are now just three points behind Valencia as the race to finish in top four for a place in next season’s champions league hots up.
Spanish born Ghanaian Inaki Williams‘ Athletic Bilbao suffered another away defeat against Espayol.
Feghouli capped a brilliant performance with Valencia’s second goal as they defeated Nabil El Zhar, Mohammed Sissoko, Kalu Uche and Simao Junior‘s Levante by 3-0 to close in on third placed Atletico Madrid on the log.
Ikechukwu Uche‘s second-half goal from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Diego Castro as Villarreal and Getafe settled for a 1-1 draw at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Mehdi Lacen kept his position but Senegalese Papa Diawara came on as a 90th minute substitute for Getafe. Ivorian defender Eric Bailly starred and picked up a yellow card in the 39th minute and was later replaced with 13 minutes left to play.
Heldon Ramos and Nabil Ghilas were in action in Cordoba’s 2-0 home loss against Elche. The result leaves Cordoba bottom on the table.
Derek Boateng entered proceedings with 13 minutes of the game remaining, receiving a yellow card, as Eibar suffered a not surprising 3-0 loss at Real Madrid.