More misery for Toure as City lose

28 October 2013 09:32

A miserable week for reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure was completed when Manchester City lost 2-1 at English Premier League title rivals Chelsea.

The weekend loss at Stamford Bridge came four days after the star Ivory Coast midfielder said he had been racially abused during a Champions League game in Russia.

Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull and Algerian Adlene Guediora of Crystal Palace were other unhappy Premier League Africans, conceding penalties that were converted by Tottenham and Arsenal respectively.


YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

The dynamic midfielder ended a difficult week by appearing for City in their 2-1 Premier League defeat by title rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, just days after insisting he'd been racially abused during the club's Champions League victory at CSKA Moscow and suggesting a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia by black players as a possible protest. At Stamford Bridge, he headed over the bar shortly before half-time as Chelsea just preserved their 1-0 interval lead.


With just 10 minutes left at White Hart Lane, it seemed the Egyptian international winger was about to help Hull to a valuable away point. But he was then harshly ruled to have handled the ball, which deflected off his foot, in the Tigers' box, and from the controversial penalty, Spurs' Roberto Soldado scored the only goal of the game.

ADLENE GUEDIORA (Crystal Palace)

The Algerian international was part of an impressive first half display by the bottom-of-the-table club against Premier League leaders Arsenal, testing Gunners' goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a long-range shot. But his reckless challenge on Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry early in the second period left the referee with no option but to award a penalty, which Mikel Arteta converted to send the table-toppers on their way to a 2-0 victory.


Chamakh would have been desperate to prove a point to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who let him move to London rivals Palace on a permanent deal before this season started after the Moroccan international managed just eight goals in 40 appearances for the Gunners. But Chamakh wasted a glorious chance just before the break when, as an inviting cross came over, he mistimed his jump and completely missed the ball.



Paris-born Congolese international midfielder Oniangue continued his good form for Reims as he scored late for a 3-2 success at Marseille. Franco-Togolese midfielder Ayite had opened the scoring for Reims with a free-kick on 34 minutes and Marseille paid the price for leaving Oniangue unmarked as Reims, who had just won two matches in their previous 10, moved up to 10th place.


Cameroon striker Aboubakar helped revive Lorient's fortunes when he shrugged off a knee injury to open after 17 minutes in a 2-1 home win against Sochaux. Aboubakar, the club's top scorer, netted his fifth goal of the season off a Bryan Pele centre. Franco-Congolese striker Bakambu got one back for Sochaux two minutes into stoppage time following a cross from Guinean Abdoul Razzagui Camara.


The Nigerian goalkeeper maintained his record of having not conceded a goal in the last six games as Lille won 1-0 at Nantes -- the title-chasing northerners have conceded just four this season.


Senegalese forward Diallo scored the winner in a 2-1 success against visiting Ajaccio as Guingamp overtook Marseille on goal difference to move fifth. Diallo picked up a centre from Franco-Malian striker Mustapha Yatabare, to score off a header a minute into stoppage time.



The Gabonese striker hit his sixth league goal as Borussia Dortmund beat Schalke 3-1 in the Ruhr derby. The 24-year-old opened the scoring after 14 minutes when he stabbed the ball home at the end of a sweeping move.

ANIS BEN-HATIRA (Hertha Berlin)

Germany-born Ben-Hatira, who has played four times for Tunisia, grabbed the 58th-minute consolation goal in his side's 3-2 loss to Bundesliga leaders and European champions Bayern Munich. Ben-Hatira scored when he diverted a mis-hit shot into the goal. The 25-year-old was unlucky earlier when his shot come off the crossbar.



Nigerian midfielder Onazi lined up for his seventh outing for Lazio and put in a solid performance as Vladimir Petkovic's side ended a serious of mediocre results with a 2-0 win at home to Cagliari. Lazio's fourth win in nine games moved the Biancocelesti up to seventh, albeit 13 points adrift of city rivals and Serie A leaders Roma.


Asamoah proved a handful for the Genoa defence and played a direct role in both Juventus goals in a 2-0 win in Turin. The Ghanaian midfielder's run into the area prompted a foul which handed Juve a penalty, converted by Arturo Vidal in the 23rd minute, although he appeared to have been have been fouled outside the box. Asamoah was pivotal in Juve's second, his dribbling on the left mesmerising the Genoa defence before Carlos Tevez collected his pass, feinted past one defender and beat Mattia Perrin in the visitors' net.


Inter secured a welcome 4-2 win over Verona, but for Belfodil it was a match to forget. On the cusp of full-time, the Algerian striker got involved in a scuffle with Verona defender Vangelis Moras and both saw red. Belfodil, and Moras, were handed two-match league bans, meaning the north African will miss trips to Atalanta and Udinese.


CHISAMBA LUNGU (Ural Yekaterinburg)

The wide Zambian midfielder troubled league leaders Zenit St Petersburg and played a role as the hosts took a late first-half lead. However, the second 45 minutes were less rewarding with Lungu yellow carded and Ural conceding two goals to lose.

DAME N'DOYE (Lokomotiv Moscow)

The Senegalese striker hit the winner six minutes from time in a 2-1 triumph at Rubin Kazan. Coming off the bench midway through the second half, N'Doye missed one chance before atoning by finishing a cross from Moroccan Moubarak Boussoufa.


The Ivory Coast striker, who started after overcoming a back injury, scored the second goal with a close-range shot as CSKA routed FC Krasnodar 5-1 in Moscow. Doumbia then created the third for Serb Zoran Tosic.



The Nigerian scored Villarreal's opener and set up the third for Giovani Dos Santos as the 'Yellow Submarine' strengthened their position in fourth with a 4-1 drubbing of Valencia.


Moroccan winger El-Zhar and Senegalese forward Baba combined for all three goals as Levante rose to seventh with a 3-0 win over Espanyol. El-Zhar opened the scoring from the penalty spot before crossing for Diawara to head home two minutes later. And El-Zhar rounded off the scoring when he received Baba's pass and fired high into the net.

ALEX SONG (Barcelona)

Song came on for the final 13 minutes as Barcelona won the first El Clasico of the season 2-1 over Real Madrid to move six points ahead of Los Blancos at the top of the table.

Source: AFP