UCL Matchday 3: How did the African players fare?
As always, we once again bring you up to date with the latest action that involved African players in the biggest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League. Find out who did what in the summaries below:
Ajax 1 - 0 Benfica
Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech and Cameroonian goalkeeper Andre Onana played the full 90 minutes as Ajax recorded a narrow victory over Portuguese side, Benfica. The win took them to the top of group E, tied with Bayern Munich on seven points, with a very good chance to progress to the next round.
Hoffenheim 3 - 3 Lyon
A thrilling encounter in Germany saw Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traore grab the headlines as he opened his Champions League scoring account with Lyon’s first before setting up the French midfielder of Congolese descent, Tanguy Ndombele for the French club’s second of the match. Early signs show that Lyon and Hoffenheim might have to go to war the second qualifying spot in group F though it’s still an open group with Shakhtar Donetsk and Man City in the fight as well.
Club Brugge 1 - 1 Monaco
Zimbabweans will be pleased to hear that Marvelous Nakamba anchored the Belgian side’s midfield as they fought to a 1-1 draw at home against Thierry Henry’s Monaco on his champions league managerial debut. Of course Club Brugge and Monaco are still anchored at the bottom of group A with a point apiece but still in the running for the knockout stage spots.
Dortmund 4 - 0 Atletico
The men in gold and yellow seem to be back to their electric years when they set the world ablaze with some dynamic football under Jurgen Klopp. The return of the prodigal child, Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich to reignite the Gotze Reus combination that once sent tongues wagging, is well in order. Unbeaten and top of the Bundesliga, BVB have carried this form to the champions league. Yesternight, they ran riot on Diego Simeone’s ever resilient Atletico Madrid, handing them their heaviest defeat in European competition, a 4-0 hammering. This time, they were no Paco Alcacer goals for Borussia Dortmund but a hatrick of assists by the Moroccan teenager, Achraf Hakimi Mouh, on loan from Real Madrid.
Liverpool 4 - 0 Red Star Belgrade
The story of the day once again involved Mohamed Salah who scored a brace at Anfield to reach 50 career goals for Liverpool in 65 appearances, the fastest half a century of goals by any player in the history of Liverpool. Senegalese international, Sadio Mane, was also on target even though he missed a penalty and so was Brazilian, Roberto Firmino. Fans of the infamous FAB 3 could have been delighted at the showing but caution, with no disrespect intended, it’s only Red Star Belgrade who also got hammered 6-1 by PSG
Lokomotiv Moscow 1 - 3 Porto
Algerian, Yacine Brahimi served up an assist and Malian forward Moussa Marega was amongst the goals as Porto grabbed a victory in Russia. Porto are now top of the standings in group D and look most certainly guaranteed a round of 16 spot.
What was your favorite moment of the UCL matchday 3?