Salah's strike for Liverpool against Arsenal leads African goal charge

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Salah scored his 21st goal of the season in the draw against Arsenal.

Egypt star Mohamed Salah led an African goal charge in the English Premier League with his 21st of the season for Liverpool in a 3-3 thriller at Arsenal.

Another seven Africans were on target in the Premier League, including the Ayew brothers from Ghana, Andre of West Ham and Jordan of Swansea.

All the Newcastle goals in a shock 3-2 win at West Ham were scored by Africans – Senegalese Henri Saivet and Mohamed Diame and Ghanaian Christian Atsu.

ENGLAND

MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)

The winger maintained his blistering form with a goal and an assist in the 3-3 draw at Arsenal. The 25-year-old teed up Philippe Coutinho’s first-half opener and then scored himself with a clinical finish for his seventh goal in his last eight appearances.

MOHAMED DIAME (Newcastle)

The midfielder bagged his first goal of the season in Newcastle’s 3-2 win at West Ham. Diame put Rafael Benitez’s side 2-1 up with a powerful strike into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 53rd minute. It was the 30-year-old’s first goal since February and helped Newcastle end a nine-game winless run as they climbed out of the relegation zone.

Diame's first-goal since February ended Newcastle's win-less run.

Diame’s first-goal since February ended Newcastle’s win-less run.

ANDRE AYEW (West Ham) and JORDAN AYEW (Swansea)

The siblings both scored in their respective matches, but neither ended with three points. Andre netted for West Ham in the 69th minute against Newcastle, but his side were trailing 3-1 at the time after he had earlier missed a penalty, and his sixth goal of the season wasn’t enough to spark a revival in their 3-2 defeat. Jordan’s fourth goal this season – a 77th-minute equaliser against Crystal Palace – was more valuable as it earned the league’s bottom club a valuable 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

DANIEL AMARTEY (Leicester)

The Ghana midfielder was sent off in his side’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United. Amartey came off the bench as a 57th-minute replacement for Danny Simpson, but the 23-year-old lasted only 16 minutes before being dismissed. Already booked, Amartey needlessly barged into United forward Marcus Rashford to earn a second yellow card.

Amartey did not have the best of nights against Manchester United.

Amartey did not have the best of nights against Manchester United.

SPAIN

ZOUHAIR FEDDAL (Real Betis)

The Moroccan defender deflected a cross into his net to seal a 2-0 home defeat by Athletic Bilbao. Betis had dominated the second half with 10 men and were chasing an equaliser when misfortune struck.

AMATH NDIAYE DIEDHIOU (Getafe)

The Senegalese scored the second goal as a whirlwind start set up a 2-0 home victory over Las Palmas. Getafe were ahead within six minutes and Ndiaye Diedhiou added the second on 15 minutes.

The Senegalese added the second for Getafe against Las Palmas.

The Senegalese added the second for Getafe against Las Palmas.

ITALY

MEDHI BENATIA (Juventus)

Moroccan Benatia scored the only goal against his former club Roma at the third attempt after a save from Giorgio Chiellini and a ricochet off the bar after 18 minutes in Turin as champions Juventus remained one point behind leaders Napoli.

KHOUMA BABACAR (Fiorentina)

Senegalese striker Babacar came on as a late substitute to score as Fiorentina moved closer to European action with a 1-0 win at Cagliari. The Tuscany side had been frustrated in Sardinia before Babacar picked up a Federico Chiesa cross with eight minutes to go.

FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)

Ivorian midfielder Kessie had a mediocre outing as AC Milan suffered a second consecutive defeat, losing 2-0 to his former club Atalanta to plunge into the bottom half of the Italian league table.

Kessie failed to impress for Milan against Atlanta.

Kessie failed to impress for Milan against Atlanta.

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Kane stats as he chases Barcelona's Messi

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A hat-trick against Burnley in Tottenham‘s 3-0 victory on Saturday has seen Harry Kane equal Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year.

The striker still has one game to play this year, against Southampton at home, where he could surpass that mark.

He will also be chasing Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi for the most goals for club and country in 2017. The Argentine has 54 to his name and does not play again until the new year while Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski end 2017 on 53 each, the same as Kane at present.

Here are some staggering stats about Kane’s goal-scoring exploits.

BAGGING MORE THAN THE BAGGIES

With his tally of 36, Kane has more goals in the league than West Brom who have only managed 32 so far.

West Brom playing catch-up

West Brom playing catch-up

HAT-TRICK HERO

Kane hit his seventh Premier League hat-trick against Burnley and is still only 24 years old. That’s as many as Wayne Rooney has managed and only four behind leader Alan Shearer.

Scoring by the threes

Scoring by the threes

LOVING LIFE ON THE ROAD

The Spurs striker has scored 50 goals in just 67 away Premier League fixtures, becoming the quickest player to reach that mark. Sergio Aguero is second having taken 85 games.

Away specialist

Away specialist

BETTER GOAL RATIO THAN MESSI

Believe it or not, Kane has the best goal ratio in Europe this year. With 53 goals in just 49 games, he records a 1.08 goals per game ratio. Meanwhile, Messi 54 goals in 64 games at 0.84  goals per game.

Messi who?

Messi who?

CONSISTENT SCORER

The days of calling Kane a one-season wonder are long gone. He now has 21 goals in all competitions already this season, making this his fourth campaign running in which he’s surpassed the 20-goal mark.

Cant stop scoring

Cant stop scoring

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Mbappe celebrates 19th birthday with goal as PSG win

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Mbappe, sporting a new haircut, got on the scoresheet.

Kylian Mbappe celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday with a goal and an assist as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 3-1 victory over Caen in Ligue 1.

The French teenager has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in 2017 and rounded out a memorable year in style by setting up Edinson Cavani to fire PSG ahead on 21 minutes, before adding a goal of his own on the hour.

Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche netted his first goal for the club since arriving from Real Sociedad as PSG strolled to a 10th straight home league win despite conceding a late Ivan Santini penalty.

Unai Emery’s team head into the winter break nine points clear of defending champions Monaco and Lyon, with both of those sides claiming 2-1 wins over Rennes and Toulouse respectively.


“It’s a good win to finish with 50 points, but the goal we conceded is something we want to work on after the holidays,” Emery said.








“I think the team has had a very good first half of the season,” he added. “We’ve accomplished our goals of being first in our Champions League group and being top of the league with a sizeable cushion.”


Marseille responded to losing their 12-match unbeaten run at the weekend by coming from a goal behind to defeat Troyes 3-1 at the Velodrome to stay within three points of the Champions League spots.


PSG captain Thiago Silva returned from injury at the Parc des Princes to solidify a defence without the suspended Dani Alves and Presnel Kimpembe, while Neymar shrugged off a bout of illness that forced him to miss training on Tuesday.


Mbappe, sporting dyed white hair for his birthday, was instrumental as PSG surged in front midway through the first half, bursting down the right wing before crossing for Cavani to flick majestically beyond Remy Vercoutre.





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It was the Uruguayan’s league-leading 19th goal of the season and drew him to within one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s club record of 156 – achieved in just four prolific seasons in the French capital.


Giovani Lo Celso, filling in for the banned Marco Verratti in central midfield, created the hosts’ second goal on 57 minutes, getting to the byline and delivering a cross for Mbappe to confidently sweep home.


Neymar went close to adding a third when he broke clear of the Caen defence, but the Brazilian was denied by a terrific low stop from Vercoutre as the veteran goalkeeper tipped the ball onto the post.


Berchiche put the game beyond reach on 81 minutes after collecting a pass from Neymar and hammering low into the far corner, although Croatia striker Santini pulled a goal back from the spot late on after Silva was penalised for a handball.


Radamel Falcao struck for the 15th time this campaign as Monaco won at home to Rennes thanks to an 81st-minute goal from Keita Balde after Wahbi Khazri had levelled for the visitors.


Nabil Fekir converted a first-half penalty and former Manchester United full-back Rafael scored in stoppage time as Lyon beat Toulouse despite a last-gasp spot-kick from Max-Alain Gradel.


“PSG are setting a fairly high pace. For us the main goal is to finish on the podium and to carry on in the second half of the season like we finished the first,” Lyon captain Fekir said.


Bryan Pele put Troyes ahead at Marseille, but Rudi Garcia’s men roared back with goals from Dimitri Payet, Luiz Gustavo and Valere Germain, while Emiliano Sala grabbed a 92nd-minute winner for Nantes in a 1-0 victory at Amiens.


Nice were held to a 1-1 draw at Lille in the absence of suspended Italian striker Mario Balotelli, the result enough to move the struggling hosts out of the bottom two.



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