There were lots of great performances and match winning goals from Africans this weekend in the Premier League. Here’s a summary of the...
There were lots of great performances and match winning goals from Africans this weekend in the Premier League. Here’s a summary of the whole action starting off with our very own Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo Secures Win
Two Odion Ighalo goals either side of half-time secured Watford a 2-0 win against West Ham at Vicarage Road.
Ighalo claimed he had opened the scoring in the 38th minute by converting Nathan Ake’s cross, although it is unclear whether Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell had actually turned the ball into his own net.
But there was no doubting the scorer when Ighalo doubled their lead just after the interval with a clinical strike. He collected Ikechi Anya’s square ball and shifted it to one side before crashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 15 yards.
|The Super Eagles striker crashed home a shot from 15 yards to score his second of the match|
West Ham, meanwhile, had James Collins sent off after he clattered into the back of Ighalo on the halfway line and was shown a straight red card.
The Nigerian striker now has 7 goals in 11 matches which has helped his side rise to the 9th position in the league standings.
Yaya Rescues City
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure struck a late penalty winner as Premier League leaders Manchester City snatched a dramatic 2-1 win over 10-man Norwich.
A Joe Hart error had gifted Norwich’s Cameron Jerome an unlikely equaliser seven minutes from time at the Etihad Stadium.
|Yaya Toure slotted home a late penalty to secure the win for City|
Before that City had looked in control after finally breaking the resilient Canaries with a firm header from Nicolas Otamendi after 67 minutes.
But a frantic finish followed as Hart gifted Jerome his equaliser and Norwich then had captain Russell Martin sent off for blocking a Raheem Sterling shot with his arm.
Five time African footballer of the year Yaya Toure rifled home the resulting spot-kick but then appeared annoyed to be substituted soon after. City were awarded a second penalty in injury time but Aleksandar Kolarov missed.
Kelechi iheanacho started for City alongside Wifred Bony. It was his first start in the league and the teenager came close to scoring on two occasions.
|Iheanacho came close twice in his first start for Manchester City|
After 20 minutes, he threaded a ball through for Bony. The Ivorian's movement was good but once in the danger zone, he took a wild swipe that was more of a danger to City fans behind the goal than Ruddy.
Toure also brought the best out of Ruddy from a free-kick. The 19 year old Iheanacho who has been called up to the Super Eagles was then replaced in the second half by Raheem Sterling.
Vardy Grabs Brace In 5 Goal Thriller
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez both scored as Leicester came from a goal down to win 3-2 at West Brom.
Mahrez had already scored twice – although his second should have been disallowed for offside – as the visitors remain unbeaten on the road.
The Algerian scored his first as he deservedly levelled on 57 minutes thanks to with his seventh goal of the season.
Marc Albrighton was given far too much time and space to put in a dangerous cross and Mahrez arrived to slot past Myhill from six yards.
|Mahrez celebrates with team mates after putting Leicester in front|
He then added his second seven minutes later when he combined with Albrighton to volley in from close range.
Salomon Rondon’s second goal in two games put the Baggies ahead but they missed the chance to record three successive wins for the first time since 2012.