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Football | Africa

Mohamed Diame celebrates © Reuters Images

Diame, Maiga strikes sink Chelsea



West Ham's African players Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga hit home to inspire a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Chelsea in the English Premier League over the weekend.

Diame from Senegal equalised in the 86th minute, while Malian Maiga powered the ball into the net in injury time.

In the French Ligue 1 Marseille trumped Brest 2-1 thanks to scores from Senegalese Souleymane Diawara and Andre Ayew from Ghana.

ENGLAND

MOHAMED DIAME (West Ham United)

Senegalese midfielder Diame rose from the substitutes' bench at halftime to inspire West Ham to a stunning 3-1 win over Chelsea. The hosts had trailed at halftime but Diame's crisp 86th-minute strike from Carlton Cole's lay-off put them ahead after Cole had equalised.

MODIBO MAIGA (West Ham United)

Maiga added the coup de grace with an injury-time strike that killed off Chelsea's hopes of mounting a comeback at Upton Park. The Malian substitute swept the ball into the roof of the net after Matt Taylor's low shot was pushed out by Petr Cech.

STEPHANE MBIA (Queens Park Rangers)

Cameroon international Mbia had to be taken to hospital after an innocuous looking collision with Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor left him flat on his back at Loftus Road. Mbia was stretchered off after several minutes of medical attention but QPR manager Harry Redknapp said he was not seriously hurt.

SEBASTIEN BASSONG (Norwich City)

Bassong found the net for the second time in three games to set Norwich on their way to a 2-1 win over Sunderland. The Cameroonian centre-back pounced in the eighth minute at Carrow Road, charging in to volley home a Robert Snodgrass free-kick from close range.

FRANCE

SOULEYMANE DIAWARA (Marseille)

The Senegelese defender set Marseille up for a 2-1 win at Brest, a welcome change in fortune for Elie Baup's side after being on the wrong end of a 4-1 thrashing by Lyon. Set up by his English midfielder Joey Barton, Diawara fired in the first goal from the edge of the box after the half hour mark.

ANDRE AYEW (Marseille)

Diawara's Ghanaian teammate Andre Ayew secured the three points for Marseille. The winger poked the ball home from a corner in the second half after Brest had levelled, pushing Marseille back up to second, two points behind leaders Lyon.

GERMANY

NANDO RAFAEL (Fortuna Duesseldorf)

The Angolan striker scored his third goal of the season – and his second in the Bundesliga – in Duesseldorf's convincing 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. Rafael's lopsided strike from six yards still crossed the line in the 58th minute.

JOEL MATIP (Schalke)

The Cameroon defender had a quiet afternoon in the 1-1 draw with Moenchengladbach and can probably look forward to another gentle evening on Tuesday in the Champions League against Montpellier with his team already into the last 16.

MOHAMED AMSIF (Augsburg)

The Morocco goalkeeper's saves did a good job in helping Augsburg to a 1-1 draw against Freiburg and a jump out of last place in the Bundesliga. Amsif has secured all eight of Augsburg's points (one win and five draws) in playing 10 of Augsburg's 15 matches.

ITALY

KEVIN PRINCE BOATENG (AC MILAN)

Ghanaian Boateng scored a fine goal on the turn from the edge of the area for a lead in Milan's 3-1 win away to Catania. Stephan El Shaarawy netted the ball twice. Boateng will remember the game after being sent off later on for a dangerous tackle.

KWADWO ASAMOAH (JUVENTUS)

The midfielder from Ghana has become an important element for the Old Lady of Turin. Ahead of a crucial Champions League clash away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, he came off the bench for a fleeting performance in the second half. Juve beat the Granata 3-0 to tighten their lead at the top of Serie A.

SPAIN

OBAFEMI MARTINS (Levante)

The Nigerian striker's utmost attempts to score off half-chances went unrewarded against Celta Vigo. Normally playing a counter-attacking style, Levante was forced to defend deeply in the 1-1 draw Celta and left Martins without support.

MUBARAK WAKASO (Espanyol)

The Ghanaian midfielder wasted Espanyol's best chance of the game when he swung and missed the ball in front of goal during the second half in the 0-0 draw at Granada. Yellow-carded for a foolish rugby tackle of keeper Tono Rodriguez, Wakaso was substituted 15 minutes from time.

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