Toure thunderbolt is pick of African goals
Ivorian Yaya Toure, South African StevenPienaar and Kenyan Dennis Oliech were among the African scorers in the topÃ‚Â European football leagues at the weekend.
Reigning African Footballer of the Year Toure collected his ninth goal ofÃ‚Â the season and first since February for deposed English Premier LeagueÃ‚Â champions Manchester City with a late thunderbolt in a 2-1 home win over WestÃ‚Â Ham.
Retired South Africa captain and midfielder Pienaar scored the only goal asÃ‚Â Everton edged Fulham while in France Kenya striker Oliech netted in stoppageÃ‚Â time to earn struggling Ajaccio a key 2-1 win over Montpellier.
STEVEN PIENAAR (Everton)
The South Africa midfielder kept his team’s European ambitions alive withÃ‚Â the first-half winner in a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park. PienaarÃ‚Â produced a cool finish to a fine move involving Leon Osman and Seamus ColemanÃ‚Â in the 16th minute. The strike took Pienaar’s goal tally for the season toÃ‚Â seven.
YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)
The Ivory Coast midfielder scored one of the best goals of his illustriousÃ‚Â career to clinch a 2-1 win over West Ham at Eastlands. Toure lashed anÃ‚Â unstoppable shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area in theÃ‚Â 83rd minute, putting Roberto Mancini’s men two goals in front and killing offÃ‚Â the Hammers in the process.
DEMBA BA (Chelsea)
The Senegal striker failed to hit the target in his side’s 2-0 victoryÃ‚Â against Swansea at Stamford Bridge. Ba was restored to the starting line-upÃ‚Â after being rested for the midweek Europa League win over Basle, but theÃ‚Â former Newcastle star played second fiddle to Oscar and Frank Lampard, whoÃ‚Â scored the first-half goals that lifted the Blues into third place.
AROUNA KONE (Wigan)
The Ivory Coast forward drew a blank as the Latics were held to aÃ‚Â frustrating 2-2 draw against Tottenham at the DW Stadium. Roberto Martinez’sÃ‚Â team recovered from Gareth Bale’s opener to take a 2-1 lead thanks to goalsÃ‚Â from Emmerson Boyce and Callum McManaman. But with Kone below his best, WiganÃ‚Â couldn’t kill the game off and Tottenham snatched a late equaliser throughÃ‚Â Boyce’s own goal.
CHEICK TIOTE (Newcastle)
The Ivory Coast midfielder had a day to forget as Newcastle suffered theirÃ‚Â heaviest home defeat for 88 years in a 6-0 thrashing by Liverpool. Tiote wasÃ‚Â also involved in a clash with Glen Johnson that saw the Liverpool defenderÃ‚Â booked, while the Ivorian, who was fortunate to escape punishment in thatÃ‚Â incident, was eventually substituted in the 65th minute.
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