Togo: Adebayor debut goal tames Wolves
Adebayor debut goal tames Wolves
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor celebrated his Tottenham debut with the first goal in a 2-0 English Premier League triumph against Wolves at the weekend.
Adebayor, whose goals were pivotal in the Togolese reaching the 2006 World Cup finals, moved to White Hart Lane on loan from Manchester City after spending last season with Real Madrid.
Nigerian Peter Odemwingie of West Brom and Moroccan Adil Chihi of Bundesliga outfit Cologne were also on target on a weekend of few African goals across the major European leagues.
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Tottenham)
The Togo striker scored on his Tottenham debut as Harry Redknapp's side won 2-0 at Wolves. Adebayor joined Spurs on loan from Manchester City last month and the former Arsenal star's first appearance produced a goal as he ran onto fellow debutant Scott Parker's pass before slotting past Wayne Hennessey.
PETER ODEMWINGIE (West Brom)
The Nigerian striker marked his first start of the season with the winner as Albion defeated Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road. Odemwingie, back from an ankle injury, took advantage of a poor header from Norwich defender Ritchie de Laet and nipped in front of goalkeeper Declan Rudd to poke in the only goal in the third minute, but he also missed a second-half penalty as Rudd turned away his spot-kick.
CHRISTOPHER SAMBA (Blackburn)
The Congo Brazzaville defender was forced off at half-time after suffering an injury in his side's 1-1 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Samba was replaced by Martin Olsson as bottom-of-the-table Rovers secured their first point of the season.
YAYA TOURE (Man City)
The Ivory Coast midfielder helped his side maintain their perfect Premier League start as Wigan were brushed aside 3-0 at Eastlands. Toure -- whose brother Kolo was an unused substitute on his return from a six-month drugs ban -- played a holding role as Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to give Roberto Mancini's second-place side their fourth successive win.
YOUSSFOUF MULUMBU (West Brom)
The Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder gave a powerful display as Albion climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Norwich. After losing their first three matches, Mulumbu drove West Brom forward and broke up Norwich's attacks.
SOULEYMANE CAMARA (Montpellier)
The Senegalese came on as a substitute and scored the winner for Montepellier in a 1-0 win against Nice, his third goal of the season allowing his side to stay top of France's Ligue 1.
ALAIN TRAORE (Auxerre)
After scoring five goals in four previous matches, Burkina Faso's Traore saw his impressive goals streak come to an end during a scoreless draw at Nancy which left Auxerre mid-table. Traore, however, remains the league's top scorer.
SOULEYMANE DIAWARA (Marseille)
Diawara's performance epitomised Marseille's poor performance at the Velodrome where the hosts fell to a 1-0 defeat to Rennes. The Senegalese defender got off lightly when he was cautioned for a nasty challenge which many felt merited a sending-off.
SEYDOU KEITA (Mali)
With Barcelona resting several key stars ahead of their midweek Champions League clash against Milan, Malian midfielder Keita was given a rare start against Real Sociedad by Pep Guardiola. Unfortunately, the reigning European champions were held to a 2-2 draw by the Basques.
PAPAKOULY DIOP (Racing Santander)
A week on from a remarkable performance in midfield, Senegalese Diop was once again one of the key players for Racing in their scoreless draw against Levante. Diop, however, blotted his copy book by being sent off for a second bookable offence in the 80th minute.
TSEPO MASILELA (Getafe)
South Africa defender Masilela started against Real Madrid but in a pulsating match in which Real were given a run for their money, he found himself under the cosh as the Spanish giants put four goals into the Getafe net for a final 4-2 result.
PAPISS CISSE (Freiburg)
The Senegal striker was completely overshadowed as Germany star Mario Gomez grabbed the headlines by netting four goals, including a second-half hat-trick, as Bayern Munich hammered Freiburg 7-0 at Munich's Allianz Arena.
ADIL CHIHI (Cologne)
The Morocco striker scored a first-half goal for Cologne in their 2-1 defeat to Nuremberg in a bad-tempered match which saw both teams finish with 10 men. The 23-year-old benefited from a final pass from Germany striker Lukas Podolski to fire home in the 39th minute after Belgium's Timmy Simons converted two penalties for Nuremberg.
KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (AC Milan)
The Ghana midfielder was picked in the playmaking trequartista role behind the front two and got forward well, getting beyond the strikers, going wide and stretching the play. He didn't manage to get any clear sights of goal himself but was in integral part of Milan's improved attacking display following a difficult first half hour in a 2-2 home draw with Lazio.
AFRIYIE ACQUAH (Palermo)
The Ghana midfielder came on as a second-half substitute in the shock 4-3 victory over Inter Milan and played a crucial role in covering the back four. Inter dominated with Wesley Sneijder pulling the strings behind the front two, but Acquah proved crucial in limiting the Dutchman's influence and shoring up the spaces in and around the box.
KWADWO ASAMOAH (Udinese)
His club may have sold two of their most influential players in the summer in Alexis Sanchez and Gokhan Inler, but the Ghana midfielder remains a crucial cog in the Udinese wheel. Many expected Udinese to struggle this season but with Asamoah dominant in the middle of the park, they began with a commanding 2-0 win at Lecce.
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