African players in Europe: Osimhen, Salah open goal accountsMon, 21 Aug 2023 09:31:33 GMT

African stars Victor Osimhen and Mohamed Salah opened their goal accounts for the season as they helped Napoli and Liverpool to league victories at the weekend.Osimhen, the leading Serie A scorer last season, netted twice in a 3-1 win at Frosinone while Salah atoned for having a penalty parried by tapping in the rebound in a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth. Here, AFP Sport highlights African headline-makers in the major European leagues:ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The Egyptian, who has been voted African Footballer of the Year twice, netted in the 36th minute for a 2-1 Premier League lead as he fired the penalty rebound past Bournemouth captain and goalkeeper Neto. PAPE SARR (Tottenham)The Senegal midfielder netted his maiden goal for the north Londoners in their impressive 2-0 win against Manchester United. Sarr steered home from close range in the 49th minute to end the stalemate. The 20-year-old has been given a chance in the heart of  midfield by new Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou, and responded with a dynamic display.YOANE WISSA (Brentford)The Democratic Republic of Congo forward produced the key moments as the Bees won 3-0 at London rivals Fulham. Pouncing on a mistake from Issa Diop in the 44th minute, Wissa rounded goalkeeper Bernd Leno to score. In the 64th minute, Wissa was pushed by Tim Ream in the area as he attempted to shoot. Ream was given a second yellow card and sent off, and Cameroon forward Bryan Mbeumo netted the penalty and scored again in added time.SPAININAKI WILLIAMS (Athletic Bilbao)The Ghana international broke the deadlock in Athletic’s 2-0 La Liga win at Osasuna with a finish from close range after being set up by his younger brother Nico Williams. Inaki scored 10 league goals last season, his second best career tally in the Spanish top flight.ITALYVICTOR OSIMHEN (Napoli)Nigeria forward Osimhen started his season where he left off in the last campaign with a super double in Napoli’s 3-1 win at promoted Frosinone. The 24-year-old crashed in a rocket shot off the crossbar to put the champions in the lead shortly before the break and sealed the points with a simple finish past Stefano Turati after being sent clear by captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo.GERMANYSERHOU GUIRASSY (Stuttgart)Guinean Guirassy, Stuttgart’s top scorer last season, netted twice in a 5-0 home demolition of Bochum. Alongside DR Congo striker Silas Mvumpa, who also scored twice, Guirassy spearheaded a fine attacking display from Stuttgart, who needed a playoff win over Hamburg to avoid relegation last season. FRANCEMARSHALL MUNETSI (Reims)An early headed goal from the Zimbabwean set up Reims for a 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Clermont — their first of the season after an opening-round defeat. After the visitors failed to clear a corner, Munetsi beat Senegalese goalkeeper Mory Diaw from close range.