Mahrez, Ayew And Diouf On Target In EPL Action

Mahrez, Ayew And Diouf On Target In EPL Action

After a fantastic contribution from African players in the opening round of English Premier League matches, the second matchday produced less action involving players from the continent, but a few goals still came courtesy of African footballers in the EPL.

Algerian national team winger Riyad Mahrez was on target for Leicester City in their impressive 2-1 away victory over West Ham United on Saturday.

Japan’s Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for the away side on 27 minutes, with Mahrez adding a second when he benefited from Marc Albrighton’s hard work and assist to finish. Dimitri Payet pulled one back for the home side, but it was not enough to stop Leicester from recording their second consecutive win.

Senegal’s Mame Diouf scored a late header to equalise for Stoke as they fought back from 2-0 to draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli put Tottenham in a commanding position, but Marko Arnautovic pulled one back with a penalty, before a last minute Diouf goal earned Stoke a valuable point.

Andre Ayew was on target for his new employers for the second week in a row, scoring in the 52nd minute to secure victory for Swansea. Bafetimbi Gomis gave the Welsh club the lead against Newcastle United early on, and Ghanaian Ayew made it 2-0 in the second half with a well-taken header.

In the standout game of the round, Chelsea was defeated 3-0 by rivals Manchester City. There were no African goals, but Yaya Toure provided the assist for Sergio Aguero’s opening goal, before further strikes from Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho completed the thrashing.

Liverpool host Bournemouth on Monday night in the match that will complete the second round of fixtures in the English top flight.