Aubameyang scores again in France

24 September 2012 08:18

Rising African star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon grabbed his fourth goal of the French Ligue 1 season at the weekend to earn Saint-Etienne a 1-1 draw at defending champions Montpellier.

Aubameyang is the son of a former Gabonese international and helped his country reach the quarter-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations they co-hosted with Equatorial Guinea.

Retired Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng was sent off as AC Milan slumped to a 2-1 defeat by Udinese, but current Black Star Kwadwo Asamoah impressed for Serie A title holders Juventus in a 2-0 victory over Chievo.



The veteran Senegal striker bagged a goal to salvage a 1-1 draw for French champions Montpellier against Saint-Etienne and prevent a third loss of the week -- including one at home to Arsenal in the Champions League. Camara netted in the second half after feeding on a pass from Remy Cabella with 20 minutes left.


Saint-Etienne had an African star of their own to thank for their point against Montpellier. Gabonese striker Aubameyang grabbed his fourth goal of the season in the third minute of first half injury time after a fine cross from Ivorian Max-Alain Gradel.


Ajaccio thanked Franco-Moroccan favourite and substitute Chahir Belghazouani for an injury-time goal which secured a surprise 2-2 draw at Bordeaux. He almost scored again seconds before the final whistle, justifying his place with veteran forward Adrian Mutu absent.


Sochaux thanked their Ivory Coast midfielder Doubai for their second goal in a 3-1 win at home to Troyes as the 24-year-old helped his side out of the drop zone.



On the scoresheet a week earlier against Hoffenheim, Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Makiadi was out of luck at Fortuna Dusseldorf, but remained one of the most impressive performers in a 0-0 draw.


Guinea midfielder Traore came off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen and three minutes later provided the decisive pass for Martin Harnik to score the team's first goal.

JOEL MATIP (Schalke)

Cameroon defender Matip suffered a tough afternoon as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich won 2-0 in a game where he collected his first yellow card of the campaign.



Boateng's week was one to forget. He missed a chance to put Milan ahead in their Champions League group opener against Anderlecht, which finished 0-0 at the San Siro, and then ended his embattled side's third straight league defeat earlier than expected. Boateng was one of two Milan players sent off in a shock 2-1 defeat to Udinese, a result which left Massimiliano Allegri's side 15th in the table.


Three days after seeing Juve grab a 2-2 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League, Asamoah returned to duty against Chievo. Although Fabio Quagliarella's brace for Juve stole the spotlight in the 2-0 win in Turin, Asamoah showed once again why he is one of the linchpin's of the Serie A champions with a characteristically strong performance in midfield. He took his passing success rate to 88%, although his rate for crosses is a far inferior 38%.



The Ghana midfielder has provided strength to the Espanyol midfield and left foot can open defences, but he did not have a good day against Real Betis and was sent off for two yellow cards in a 1-0 defeat. Although his strong challenges can be risky, he was unlucky to receive a second caution for a foul on Juan Carlos.

ALEX SONG (Barcelona)

The versatile Cameroonian was brought into the centre of defence due to an injury crisis at Barcelona and did a good job alongside Javier Mascherano at the back, as he did in the same role against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League last week. Against Granada, he brought the ball out of defence and was able to combine in the Catalan side's typical passing football en route to a 2-0 win.


The experienced Nigerian striker, whose former clubs include Inter Milan and Newcastle, came on for his debut at the beginning of the second half against Real Sociedad and his goal five minutes from the end earned a 2-1 victory.

Source: AFP