ROUND-UP: Africans in La Liga – Week 3
The continent’s stars endured different fortunes in the Spanish topflight over the weekend with their respective clubs after the international break.
And it was Cedric Bakambu whose fortune can be considered as good as most. The forward continued his bright start to the season as he scored the second goal of Villarreal’s 3-1 win over Granada. The Congolese striker rounded a couple of defenders before rifling his finish into the roof of the net to make it three goals in the first three games.
Eric Bailly played full-throttle and received a yellow card in the latter stages of the second half for Villarreal, whereas Youssef El-Arabi, Isaac Success and Thievy Bifouma were in the fold for Granada but couldn’t influence the game in anyway.
There was no Thomas Partey, who is yet to recover fully from a slight injury sustained prior to the start of the campaign, as Atletico fell to a 2-1 defeat against Barcelona.
Real Madrid put six past Espanyol, with Senegalese attacker Mamadou Sylla was unused by the latter.
Mubarak Wakaso became the first Ghanaian to play a league game this season after he was brought on to supervise four minutes of Las Palmas’ impressive 3-3 draw against Celta Vigo at the Estadio de Balaidos in Vigo.
Inaki Williams wasn’t fit and had to watch Athletic Bilbao’s 3-1 success over Getafe from the stands. Algerian Mehdi Lacen who was at the losing end lasted the entire duration, but Bernard Mensah was restricted to a bench role by Getafe coach Fran Escriba.
Nabil Ghilas was substituted off on the 89th minute after he had collected a yellow card in the 81st minute as Levante shared the spoils with Sevilla.
However Carlos Kameni, Arthur Boka and Moroccan forward Nordin Amrabat were in action for Malaga, drawing goalless with Eibar. Aduane Tighadouini replaced compatriot Amrabat with barely seven minutes to end proceedings.
Sofiane Feghouli is still without a goal after he shot blank in Valencia’s crucial 1-0 win at Sporting Gijon. Equatorial Guinea midfielder Omar Mascarell played 61 minutes while Rachid Ait-Atmane watched from the bench of Gijon.
Manucho Goncalves and Alhassane Bangoura came respectively off Rayo’s bench on the 62nd minute but couldn’t spur the team as they lost 3-1 to Faycal Fajr‘s Deportivo La Coruña.
Alfred N’Diaye was all smiles after playing 90 minutes to assist Real Betis, earning maximum points against Real Sociedad.
AFS La Liga Player of Week 3 – Cedric Bakambu