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Boateng puts Barca to the sword, Asamoah wins sixth Scudetto

BY: Edmund Okai Gyimah
Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Boateng and Frank Acheampong
Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Boateng and Frank Acheampong

Striker Emmanuel Okyere Boateng made all the headlines in Europe over the weekend as his hat-trick helped Levante to defeat Barcelona 5-4 and end the Catalans’ unbeaten run in the La Liga, while Kwadwo Asamoah won his sixth Italian Serie A title (Scudetto) to end a successful spell at Juventus.

Also, Elvis Manu, Frank Acheampong and David Atanga were all on target for their respective clubs, whilst Baba Rahman returned to action for the first time in 16 months.

The Graphic Sports brings to you a wrap-up of the performance of Ghanaian players abroad last weekend.

England

Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew suffered relegation as they started for Swansea in search of a miracle to survive the English topflight. The brothers featured for Swansea who lost 1-2 at home to already relegated Stoke City, with Andre providing the assist for Andy King’s 14th minute opening goal.

In the Championship playoff, Albert Adomah Dankwa was replaced in the 71st minute by Ivorian Jonathan Kodjia as Aston Villa continued their dominance over Middlesbrough with a 1-0 away win at Riverside.


Denis Odoi featured for 90 minutes for Fulham who lost 0-1 to Derby County at the Pride Park in the Championship playoff.

Spain

Elsewhere in the La Liga Santander, Emmanuel Okyere Boateng was the hero of the day at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia as he scored a rare hat-trick in Levante’s 5-4 win over Barcelona — the Catalans’ first league defeat this season.

Mubarak Wakaso was introduced in the 53rd minute as Deportivo Alaves continued their late fine form with a convincing 3-1 win over Atletic Bilbao.

Thomas Partey returned to the midfield for Atletico Madrid as they pipped Getafe 1-0 in the capital derby.

Italy

Alfred Joseph Duncan masterminded the fall of his former club Inter Milan as he controlled the Sassuolo midfield effectively in their 2-1 win at the Giuseppe Meaza Stadium. Right-back Claud Adjepong was also in action for Sassuolo.

Wing-back Kwadwo Asamoah celebrated another Scudetto

(Italian Serie A title) as an unused substitute for Juventus who claimed their seventh successive Scudetto after a goalless draw with AS Roma.

Holding midfielder Isaac Cofie started for Genoa as the skipper of the day but could not help his side from losing 0-1 to already relegated Benevento who featured Bright Gyamf:

Godfred Donsah was on the losing side as he returned to action after a month-long layoff albeit for 15 minutes as Bologna were beaten 2-1 by Chievo Verona.

Afriyie Acquah came in for Iago Falque on the stroke of full time as Torino defeated Spal 2-1 in Turin.

Meanwhile in the Serie B, ex-Wa All Stars defender Bright Addae played the full game for Ascoli who moved just above the drop zone following a 1-0 win at Pescara.

Yusif Rahman Chibsah played the full game for Frosinone in their 1-0 win over Entella
Midfielder Moses Odjer started from the bench again as a replacement for Ivorian Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro as Salernitana defeated Foggia 1-0.

Germany

At the Veltins Arena in Gelsinkirchen, Baba Rahman returned to competitive action after nearly one-and-a-half-year layoff to feature for 33 minutes for Schalke in their 1-0 over Eintracht Frankfurt. Rahman replaced Yevheniy Konoplyanka in the 57th minute while former Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng featured for the visiting side.

Towering central defender Gideon Jung suffered relegation as SV Hamburg were demoted from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history despite defeating Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1.

Austria

David Atanga netted in the 24th minute as St. Polten posted a 3-1 win over AC Altach.

Right-winger Samuel Oppong was in action for BW Linz as they were held 2-2 by Hartberg.

Winger Samuel Tetteh featured for 75 minutes for LASK Linz in their 3-1 defeat to Sturm Graz.

Turkey

At the Recep Tayyip Erdogan Stadium, Elvis Manu netted for Gençlerbirliği SK in their 1-3 away defeat to Kasimpasa.

On-loan midfielder Bernard Oliver Mensah made way for Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo in the Kasimpasa setup after suffering an injury in the 37th minute.

Experienced defender John Boye scored in the 12th minute for Sivasspor who drew 2-2 with Alanyaspor who featured ex-Liberty Professionals midfielder Isaac Sackey.

Joseph Attamah Larweh was introduced in the 90th minute by Istanbul Basaksehir who went away to beat Antalyaspor 2-0.

USA

Petit attacker Latif Atta Blessing was in action for Los Angeles FC in their 1-1 draw with New York City FC at the Banc of California Stadium.

Dominic Oduro played the final eight minutes for Montreal Impact in their 2-0 home defeat to Philadelphia Union. David Accam replaced Marcus Epps for Union in the 75th minute.

Bismark Adjei Boateng, formerly of Right to Dream Academy, played for 72 minutes for Colarado Rapids who lost 1-2 to New York Red Bulls.

Ema Boateng scored his first league goal for LA Galaxy in their 2-3 defeat against FC Dallas.

Ghanaian duo of Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful were on the winning side as Columbus Crew defeated Chicago Fire 3-0.

China

Winger Frank Opoku Acheampong scored his eighth goal of the season for Tianjin Teda who went to the Chanchun Stadium to beat Changchun Yatai 1-0.

Striker Richmond Boakye wasin action for Jiangsu Sunning as they defeated Dalian Yifang 1-0 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.