Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

African Footballer of the Year and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was among the scorers in English FA Cup last-16 ties at the weekend.

Toure, voted the best footballer on the continent for the past two years, struck after five minutes as Manchester City romped to a 4-0 home win over second-tier Leeds United.
Fellow Ivorian Arouna Kone went one better with a brace as Wigan triumphed 4-1 at Huddersfield while Nigerian Victor Anichebe was on target for Everton in a 2-2 draw at giant-killers Oldham.

The Ivory Coast midfielder gave his side the perfect start to their FA Cup fifth round tie against Leeds, scoring in the fifth minute with a fine strike after good build-up play from David Silva and Carlos Tevez. His goal sparked a 4-0 win that lifted the gloom around Eastlands after the champions’ recent
struggles in the Premier League.

The Nigeria forward scored Everton’s equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Oldham in the FA Cup fifth round. Anichebe showed great strength to work space for his blistering strike from just inside the penalty area. But David Moyes’ side were forced to settle for a replay at Goodison Park after Matt Smith scored a stoppage-time equaliser for the third-tier minnows.

DEMBA BA (Chelsea)
The Senegal striker was restored to Chelsea’s starting line-up and helped his team cruise into the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 win over League One minnows Brentford. Ba was selected ahead of misfiring Fernando Torres and it was his aerial challenge that allowed Juan Mata to run on to the loose ball and fire Chelsea into the lead in the 54th minute at Stamford Bridge.

The Ivory Coast striker scored twice as Wigan swept into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory at Championship club Huddersfield. Kone’s last goal came back in December, but he was restored to the Latics’ attack and responded with a 40th-minute tap-in for Wigan’s second goal and then added the fourth in the 89th minute with a powerful finish.

GERVINHO (Arsenal)
The Ivory Coast forward endured another match to forget as the Gunners suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Championship team Blackburn in the FA Cup. Back from Africa Cup of Nations duty, Gervinho missed a golden chance to give Arsenal the lead and was eventually hauled off in the 70th minute in a match that marked the first time Arsene Wenger lost to lower league opposition in the FA Cup.

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