ROUND-UP: Africans in La Liga – Week 28
The Spanish La Liga entered match day 28 over the weekend and amongst the continent stars that feature,d it was Alfred N’Diaye who dominated the headlines.
Below is a comprehensive wrap up of players performance by Enoch Fiifi Forson.
Senegal’s Alfred N’Diaye scored in Real Betis’ hard earned 2-0 win over Granada at the Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla). The defensive midfielder profited from a corner to register his first goal in over two years at the club.
Rayo Vallecano lost their second successive match to Espanyol 2-1 after going seven matches without a defeat. Manucho shot blank as he lasted full-time for Rayo whilst Espanyol midfielder Pape Diop played full throttle and picked up a booking.
Youssef El-Arabi who is Granada’s all-time La Liga top scorer with 35 goals and Nigeria striker Isaac Success lasted the entire duration for away side.
Mehdi Lacen played a part in Getafe sharing the spoils with inform Sevilla at home. However Getafe manager Fran Escribá did not involve Bernard Mensah.
Despite being without injured Ghana midfielder Mubarak Wakaso, Las Palmas shocked El Madrigal with a 1-0 win over Villarreal to move two places above drop zone. Nabil El Zhar contributed to the victory by playing full duration of the match.
Villarreal brought on Cédric Bakumbu in the second half but rested workaholic Ivorian defender Eric Bailly.
In the top linear of the weekend, Atletico Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 away from home. Valencia had Sofiane Feghouli in their line up but Aymen Abdennour on the bench. Thomas Partey who not long ago recovered from injury watched proceedings from Atletico Madrid’s substitute bench.
Deportivo La Coruna played out an entertaining 3-3 with Malaga. Fajr Fayçal was a 68th minute for Deportivo.
Malaga lost Carlos Kameni to injury in the 37th minute. The Malaguista goalkeeper underwent diagnostic tests earlier on Monday which confirmed a torn meniscus in his right leg, for which he’ll undergo surgery in the next few days.
Still with Malaga, Christian Astu played full throttle but Ivorian Arthur Boka was an unused sustitute.
Zouhair Feddal and Simão Junior‘s Levante claimed vital point at Real Sociedad to aid their La Liga relegation battle.