African players in Europe: Historic En-Nesyri hat-trick

Germany

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)

The 33-year-old Ivory Coast striker scored Hertha’s superb opener with a mazy run past two defenders before wrong-footing another to score his third league goal this season in a 3-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach. 

ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim)

The Algeria striker played a key part with two late goals in Hoffenheim’s stunning fight-back from three goals down to draw 3-3 at league leaders Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year-old tapped home Hoffenheim’s first goal with 75 minutes gone and after Pavel Kaderabek added the visitors’ second, Belfodil smashed home a header three minutes from time to claim a point.

NABIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04) 

The Algeria midfielder sparked a counter-attack with USA international Weston McKennie before Turkey forward Ahmed Kutucu scored against Bayern Munich in Schalke’s 3-1 away defeat.

France

KALIFA COULIBALY (Nantes)

The 1.97cm (6ft 5in) Malian striker scored the opening goal for Nantes as the French club bid an emotional farewell to Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, whose body was recovered this week from a plane that crashed into the sea as he flew to his new Premier League club Cardiff City. The club went into a first-half 2-0 lead only to give that up as frayed nerves led to the bereaved club conceding four second-half goals and lose 4-2.

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