Senegals Ba, Cisse score in Newcastle victory
French Ligue 1 champions Montpellier beat Nice 3-1 thanks to goals from Nigerian John Utaka and Senegalese Souleymane Camara.
DEMBA BA (Newcastle United)
Senegalese striker Ba claimed his seventh goal of the season to set Newcastle on their way to a 2-1 success at home to West Bromwich Albion. Ba pounced in the 35th minute at St James' Park, volleying home right-footed after Tim Krul's goal-kick was helped on by Shola Ameobi.
PAPISS CISSE (Newcastle United)
Cisse's fortuitous last-minute strike gifted Newcastle victory over West Brom and improved on his dismal record so far this season. The 27-year-old Senegalese unwittingly deflected Sammy Ameobi's shot past Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster deep into injury time to claim his first goal in the Premier League since his stunning brace at Chelsea in May.
STEPHANE MBIA (Queens Park Rangers)
Cameroonian centre-back Mbia was the villain of the piece as bottom club Queens Park Rangers fell to a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal. QPR were holding on for a creditable 0-0 draw when Mbia was sent off for a needless kick at Thomas Vermaelen, and Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta scored the only goal of the game four minutes later.
Gervinho had less reason to celebrate Arsenal's victory over Queens Park Rangers. The Ivorian forward lasted only 10 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium and was forced to limp out of the fray with an ankle injury.
JOHN OBI MIKEL (Chelsea)
The Nigerian holding midfielder finished on the losing side for the first time in the Premier League this season as Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were left fuming after Javier Hernandez was allowed to score the winner from an offside position in the 75th minute, and Mikel's frustration got the better of him moments later when he was booked for dissent. The team has complained against referee Mark Clattenburg for alleged racial slurs.
GUY N'DY ASSEMBE (Nancy)
Cameroonian goalkeeper Guy N'Dy Assembe kept Paris Saint Germain at bay -- until a fine piece of individual skill from Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic foxed him to see the capital club edge out Nancy 1-0 to go top of Ligue 1.
JOHN UTAKA (Montpellier)
Nigerian striker John Utaka helped to give reigning French champions Montpellier 3-1 win over Nice as his side moved out of the bottom five with just their third win of the season. Utaka scored the second goal of the game for his first in the league this term.
SOULEYMANE CAMARA (Montpellier)
Senegalese teammate Souleymane Camara also got on the scoresheet with his fifth of the campaign.
SIBIRI ALAIN TRAORE (Lorient)
Burkina Faso striker Sibiri Alain Traore meanwhile came up with the 94th-minute leveller as his Lorient side shared eight goals with Ajaccio. The 23-year-old completed a comeback from 4-1 down after former Arsenal man and reported Newcastle target Jeremie Aliadiere had netted twice.
MAME DIOUF (Hanover 96)
The Senegal striker set up one goal and scored another for Hanover 96, who nevertheless lost 3-2 to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Diouf provided the final pass which saw ex-Germany striker Jan Schlaudraff open the scoring three minutes after the break. The 24-year-old stabbed home for the second on 53 minutes. Gladbach midfielder Juan Arango however scored the winner with a stunning 79th-minute direct free-kick.
KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)
Asamoah's strong start to the season continued and he was part of the Juve team that claimed an eighth win in nine games at Catania. However ,the African, and the rest of Juve, woke up to claims the Old Lady of Turin's power and influence had reached the referees. Juve won 1-0 thanks to an Arturo Vidal strike that was offside while a perfectly good Catania goal in the first half was ruled offside. Juve took their unbeaten streak to 48 games, but it now has a whiff about it.
KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG (AC Milan)
The seriousness of Boateng's knee injury has not been communicated by AC Milan, however the striker's absence during the 1-0 win over Genoa could be extended even if he returns quickly as Brazilian Alexandre Pato slotted in, mostly to good effect, in his absence. It remains to be seen whether embattled Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri gives Pato an extended run or not, but prior to his injury Boateng's impact for the Rossoneri was steadily worsening.
MICHAEL ESSIEN (Real Madrid)
Michael Essien again played a full game in an unaccustomed left-back position in Real Madrid's 5-0 win at Mallorca. The versatile Essien filled in again, having played against Celta Vigo last weekend and Borussia Dortmund in midweek in the Champions League, as Madrid aim to recover from losing 3 full-backs from injury during recent international duty.
ANTHONY ANNAN (Osasuna)
Another Ghanaian, Anthony Annan, played 79 minutes of Osasuna's 3-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid. The Ghana international, on loan from Bundesliga side Schalke, was unable to help his side lift off the bottom of the league against a high-flying Atletico side.
OBAFEMI MARTINS (Levante)
Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins made it four goals in five league games with a brace for Levante in their 3-1 win over Granada. The former Newcastle and Inter Milan player celebrated his 29th birthday in style, hitting the first two goals of the game to move his side into sixth place, level on 16 points with Betis.
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