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Thu, Nov

Season opener for Otoo, Boateng and Ayew

Dede Ayew

European football swung back into action at the weekend after the international break as Ghanaian players made a good impression in their clubs, with Kevin-Prince Boateng, Mahatma Otoo, Joseph Attamah and Andre Ayew providing a spread of goals in the Belgian, German, Turkish and English topflight.

All four players opened their accounts for the season, starting with Boateng’s first goal and match winner for his new Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt who won 1-0 away at Borussia Monchengladbach, while Otoo made an explosive start to his Turkish Süper Lig career by scoring in his debut game for Balikesirspor last Saturday.
The Graphic Sports takes you on a trip around Europe to capture some key performances of Ghanaian at respective clubs last weekend.

England

Jordan Ayew made a quick recovery from a stomach illness to feature for Swansea City but could not stop Christian Atsu and Newcastle United from earning a vital 1-0 away victory in the English Premier League last Saturday.

However, Jordan’s elder brother, Andre, was on target for struggling West Ham United who beat promoted Huddersfield 2-0 last Monday. The midfielder made a big impact as a 64th minute substitute and set up the opening goal in the 72nd minute before scoring from a rebound five minutes later for West Ham’s first win of the season.
Jeffery Schlupp and Ghana-born Timothy Fosu-Mensah failed to pick a point with Crystal Palace in their first four games of the season despite playing 90 minutes in a 0-1 loss at Burnley with Daniel Amartey spending the entire duration of Leicester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on the substitute bench.

Spain

In-form Thomas Partey featured for Atletico Madrid as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Valencia in the Spanish La Liga.
Levante forward Emmanuel Boateng made a second half appearance as his side managed to earn a point away at champions Real Madrid, while Mubarak Wakaso warmed the bench for Deportivo Alaves in their 1-0 defeat at Celta Vigo.

Italy

Kwadwo Asamoah was in action for Juventus as the Italian champions thrashed Chievo Verona 3-0 at home, as Afriyie Acquah played in Torino's 1-0 win over Benevento Calcio in the Italia Serie A.
Alfred Duncan made a cameo appearance for Sassuolo in their 2-1 defeat to Atalanta, Godfred Donsah silently watched from the bench as Bologna were thumped 3-0 by Napoli and Isaac Cofie failed to play for Genoa in their 1-1 stalemate at Udinese.

Germany

Daniel Opare returned to action for Augsburg as they beat FC Cologne 3-0 at home, with Kevin-Prince Boateng scoring the match winner in Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 victory against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Belgium

Bernard Kumordzi opened his account for Kortrijk in a 2-2 draw with Zulte Waregem in the Jupiler League, while Nana Kwesi Asare played 90 minutes for KAA Gent in their 1-1 stalemate with KRC Genk.

Attacker Osah Bernardinho Tetteh enjoyed full throttle for Westerlo as they held Lierse to a 2-2 stalemate. William Owusu Acheampong came off the bench to earn a point for Royal Antwerp as they finished the game 1-1 with Samuel Asamoah's Sint Triudense.

Sweden

Richard Donkor rescued a point for Falkenbergs as they drew 1-1 with Dalkurd, Mohammed Abubakari registered an assist for Hacken BK as they beat Halmstad 3-0.
Samuel Mensah played the entire duration for Ostersunds FK in their 3-0 win over AFC Eskilstuna

Turkey

Otoo’s career in Turkey got off to a flying start as he came off the bench on his Balıkesirspor debut to score in their 2-1 victory against Ankaragücü.
Also grabbing the headlines was Attamah who scored the opener for Istanbul Basaksehir in their 3-2 victory over Fenerbahce