African players in Europe: In-form Jackson heads Chelsea winner

AFP , Monday 13 May 2024

Senegal striker Nicolas Jackson scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Chelsea a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Nicolas Jackson
Chelsea s Nicolas Jackson celebrates scoring his side s third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Nottingham Forest and FC Chelsea in Nottingham, England, Saturday, May 11, 2024. AP


The 22-year-old has endured a difficult first season with the Blues since moving from Villarreal, but recently showed signs of adapting to the Premier League.

Chelsea lie seventh with two matches to play, behind Newcastle United on goal difference and three points ahead of Manchester United.

Here, AFP Sport highlights African headline-makers in the major European leagues:



Jackson scored his 17th goal this season to seal the Blues' win at Forest. He headed home in the 82nd minute to complete Chelsea's comeback from 2-1 down to keep his team in contention for a European place.


Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder Wissa netted for the 11th time this term and Cameroon forward Mbeumo got his ninth of the campaign as the Bees won 2-1 at Bournemouth. Wissa bagged the stoppage-time winner after Mbeumo’s 86th-minute strike -- his 50th Brentford goal -- was cancelled by Dominic Solanke three minutes later.


The Mali midfielder grabbed the winner as Everton beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Goodison Park. The 31-year-old headed in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross in the 31st minute.


BRAHIM DIAZ (Real Madrid)

The Moroccan playmaker has played an important role in Madrid's La Liga title conquest this season and netted twice during the second half at relegated Granada in a 4-0 win. The first was a fine solo goal, driving forward from halfway and, with defenders standing off, he tucked home. The second was a neat finish after being teed up by Luka Modric.


Morocco striker En-Nesyri put Sevilla ahead twice at Villarreal, but his team still suffered a 3-2 loss. The forward tucked home a penalty to open the scoring after 26 minutes and then headed home before half-time from close range.

INAKI WILLIAMS (Athletic Bilbao)

Ghana international Williams had a goal ruled out for offside early in Athletic's 2-2 draw against Osasuna, before scoring in the second half. The striker helped his team come from two goals down to draw, sending a rasping effort across goal and into the top corner.



The Algerian international opened the scoring as second-placed Milan thrashed Cagliari 5-1 in Serie A. Bennacer was on hand to turn in the rebound when a shot from Nigerian teammate Samuel Chukwueze was pushed away by the goalkeeper. Bennacer also set up a goal for Rafael Leao.



Bayer striker Boniface and winger Adli both got on the scoresheet in a 5-0 Bundesliga romp over 10-man Bochum. When Nigerian Nathan Tella was fouled, compatriot Boniface converted the penalty in first-half stoppage time. Moroccan Adli came on with 21 minutes remaining and was in the right place at the right time to head in from a corner.


Guinea international Guirassy scored as Stuttgart kept up pressure on second-placed Bayern Munich with a 1-0 win at Augsburg. Guirassy collected a long pass three minutes after half-time and poked the ball home.



Veteran Gabon striker Aubameyang continued his prolific first season at Marseille by scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Lorient that kept their hopes of European qualification alive going into the final weekend of the campaign. The brace took him to 16 goals in Ligue 1, and 29 in all competitions.

FRANK MAGRI (Toulouse)

The striker who appeared for Cameroon at this year's Africa Cup of Nations helped Toulouse spoil Paris Saint-Germain's title party at the Parc des Princes. Magri came off the bench to score the visitors' final goal in their surprise 3-1 win, as PSG lost in Ligue 1 for the first time since September.

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