African scorers in Europe & China: September 15-16
The Ivory Coast international Gervinho had a match to remember, scoring twice as the Gunners thrashed Southampton 6-1. Played as a lone striker, he made use of the space afforded him by the Saints defence in the 35th minute to make it 3-0 before scoring the team's fifth in the 72nd minute when substitute Aaron Ramsey's shot came back off the post.
The DR Congo midfielder Cedric Makiadi scored Freiburg's fourth goal in their 5-3 rout of Hoffenheim to give his side their first win of the season. With the scores locked at 3-3 going into the last 10 minutes, Makiadi slotted his shot home from a corner for his first goal of the season. Senegal defender Fallou Diagne was also on target for Freiburg, giving them the lead in the 68th minute.
Kwadwo Asamoah was one of two inspirational substitutions by stand-in Juventus coach Massimo Cerrara. At 1-1 away to impressive Genoa, Asamoah won a penalty in the 76th minute, which Mirko Vucinic converted, and scored Juve's third after sliding home Vucinic's cross-goal pass six mintes from time to send the Serie A champions back on top.
Nancy's Cameroon goalkeeper Guy Ndy Assembe did his utmost to keep 2010 champions Marseille at bay, making fine stops before Vincent Muratori saved the day on the line from an effort by Ghana's Andre Ayew. But Jordan Ayew made the breakthrough with a second-half header to frustrate the 26-year-old shot-stopper and give Marseille a 1-0 win.
Lorient won 2-1 at local rivals Rennes despite two red cards and thanked Burkina Faso midfielder Alain Traore for two fine strikes. One was a first-half long-range lob which sailed home and before the break he swept home a ferocious free-kick.
Rennes' loss to Lorient was exacerbated by the dismissal of substitute and Mali international Cheick Diarra. The defensive midfielder saw red for an ugly high foul on the impressive Alain Traore on 78 minutes.
After four straight defeats Sochaux won their first game of the season, thanks to the Ivory Coast midfielder Tape Doubai, who scored the only goal of the game away at Saint Etienne. It was Doubai's second goal of the season, but his side are still second from bottom of the table.
Another Ivorian Yannick Sagbo-Latte scored for the first time to help Evian to a 3-0 win over Bastia. Togo striker Jonathan Ayite scored from the penalty spot for Brest in the 78th minute, but his side were outclassed 4-2 by Nice.
Two second-half strikes by Nigeria's Uche Nwofor secured VVV Venlo a 2-2 draw with NEC Nijmegen. Nwofor had come on as a second-half substitute and scored both goals in the space of nine minutes.
Cameroon midfielder Willie Overtoom equalised with nine minutes remaining for home side Heracles who went on to beat NAC Breda 2-1. Morocco youth international Anouar Kali was one of two players sent-off for Utrecht but his side still beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0.
An injury time strike by the Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Bony also helped 10-man Vitesse to a 3-0 win over Groningen. It was the second consecutive weekend that Bony has scored in stoppage time.
Two goals in added time - one from Nigeria's Kalu Uche - secured the points for Kasimpasa who beat Gaziantepspor 3-0. It was Uche's fourth goal of the season.
It was not a good weekend though for fellow Nigeria striker Isaac Promise who was sent-off in the first-half as his side Antalyaspor were crushed 4-0 by champions Galatasaray. Morocco striker Nordin Amrabat scored Galatasaray's second goal two minutes before Promise's dismissal.
Another player who saw red was Tunisia midfielder Wissem Ben Yahia. He had given Mersin Dmanyurdu a senth-minute lead but his side lost 2-1 to Fenerbahce.
Former Senegal international Diomansy Kamara made it 2-0 for Eskisehirspor just before half-time as his side went on to beat Genclerbirligi 4-2. Cameroon striker Patrice Webo scored a second-half hat-trick to give surprise package Istanbul BB a 4-0 win away at promoted Akhisar Belediyespor.
Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli scored Valencia's first goal in a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo. The midfielder signed from Grenoble in 2010 struck his 10th goal for the club on three minutes, finishing off a quick move with a sweet right-foot shot. It was Valencia's first win of the season after two draws and a defeat.
The Gambia's Mustapha Jarju missed a chance to rescue his side Mons from a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Charleroi but the Gambia strikerwhen he missed a penalty in the 86th minute. Jarju had been on the scoresheet in the 54th minute.
Two goals by Senegal striker Elimane Coulibaly, including the winner four minutes from time, helped Beerschot to a 3-2 win over Standard Liege. Nigeria's Imoh Ezekiel had scored the first goal for Standard in the 50th minute.
Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike came on at the start of the second-half to restore Spartak Moscow's lead in the 53rd minute but his side shared the points after a 2-2 draw with Kuban Krasnodar. Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o scored twice and Morocco's Mbark Boussoufa also found the back of the net as Anzhi Makhachkala trounced Krasnodar 5-2.
Nigeria striker Ideye Brown was on target for Dynamo Kyiv who beat Karpaty 3-1. Mali striker Dramane Traore scored twice in the last 15 minutes after coming on at the start of the second-half as his side Metalurh Donetsk hammered nine-man Arsenal Kyiv 5-0.
Rafik Djebbour scored what turned out to be the winner for Olympiakos who edged PAS Giannina 2-1 to stay at the top of the table with nine points in three games. The Algeria striker is the league's top scorer with four goals after three games.
Several games were postponed across China but two former English Premier League stars were on target in four of the games that did go ahead. Nigeria striker Yakubu Ayegbeni scored the opening goal for Guangzhou R and F who beat Shanghai Shenxin 3-2. And Ivory Coast skipper Didier Drogba scored in the third minute of added time as Shanghai Shenhua defeated Liaoning Whowin 3-0.