Egyptian Mohamed Salah starts the last two rounds of the Premier League season as the top scorer with Harry Kane with 22 goals in the Golden Boot race.
The two scored this weekend with Salah equalizing for Liverpool in their spectacular 2-1 win in stoppage time at West Bromwich Albion.
Nigerian Simy became just the second African after Samuel Eto’o to score 20 Serie A goals as he tied the already relegated Crotone in a 1-1 draw with Benevento.
Here, AFP Sport takes a look at the performances of Africans in the big European leagues:
MOHAMED BAD (Liverpool)
The two-time African Footballer of the Year shot in a brilliant finish inside the post to reach Liverpool’s level as the Reds kept their chances of a top-four finish.
SAID BENRAHMA (West Ham)
Benrahma scored his first Premier League goal at the end of a 1-1 draw at Brighton, but it was too little, too late for the Hammers’ hopes of a Champions League place next season. The Algerian curled up from the edge of the box three minutes from time.
WILFRED NDIDI, KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester)
Nigerians Ndidi and Iheanacho both started when Leicester first won the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in front of 22,000 fans at Wembley. Ndidi played a starring role in midfield as the Foxes held the Champions League finalists at bay.
Nigerian Simy scored his 20th goal this season for relegated Crotone, scoring deep in injury time to snatch a 1-1 draw against Benevento. The 29-year-old matched his record from last season, which had helped the Southerners rank among the best. “I’ve been in Italy for five years and I’m having the best time of my career,” said Simy.
JEREMIE BOGA (Sassuolo)
Ivorian midfielder Boga scored Sassuolo’s third goal in a 3-1 win over Parma, his fourth league goal this season for the eighth-ranked side.
M’BALA NZOLA (Spice)
Angolan striker Nzola scored in every half, including from the penalty spot, and missed the chance for a third in a 4-1 win for Spezia against Turin, which guaranteed the winners another season in Serie A.
AMADOU HAIDARA (Leipzig)
The Malian midfielder entered half-time with hosts Leipzig 2-0 at Wolfsburg. After Justin Kluivert struck out a goal, Haidara won a penalty which Leipzig converted to tie with 12 minutes remaining. The 2-2 draw clinched second place for Leipzig behind Bayern Munich.
AMINE HARIT, SALIF SANE (Schalke)
Moroccan attacking midfielder Harit won an early penalty which Schalke converted on the second attempt in a stunning 4-3 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. After the visitors equalized, Senegalese center-back Sane directed the ball into his net to give Eintracht 2-1. However, the already relegated Schalke roared to triumph and deprive the Eintracht of Champions League football next season.
YOANE WISSA (Lorient)
DR Congo striker Wissa took the opening penalty at home in a 2-1 win over Metz, which kept his side from being automatically relegated from Ligue 1 this season and have him given a chance to stay in the top flight after being promoted last campaign. The 24-year-old are one point above the relegation position in the playoffs with a game to play thanks in part to their 10th league goal of the campaign.
ISLAM SLIMANI (Lyon)
Algerian international Slimani scored only his third goal of the Ligue 1 season, scoring the fifth in Lyon’s 5-2 mutilation of Nîmes two minutes from time. This victory leaves Lyon one point behind the Champions League positions before the last round of matches next weekend.
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