European football expert, Reuben Obodai brings you a comprehensive update on how Ghanaian players performed in abroad this weekend.
There were so many great performances from Ghanaian players across the globe but one that stands tall among the lot is Albert Adomah. I believe this chap has shown over the course of the season that he’s indeed reached the level many expected from him years ago.
The speedy winger cum striker exhibited why he’s been the Villans most rated player as he netted his 14 league goal and provided a beautiful assist to inch his closer to promotion.
Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew nearly cost Swansea City a point after he was given his marching orders in the early minutes of their draw against Huddlesfield Town.
Elsewhere, Joseph Paintsil continues to impress in Hungary as he put in a fine shift and scored for Ferenvarosi in their heavy victory.
Reuben Obodai gives you a lowdown on how the players fared in abroad…
Jeffery Schlupp lasted 75 minutes for Crystal Palace in their 2-1 loss against Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge. Timothy Fosu-Mensah warmed the bench for the Eagles.
Daniel Amartey missed Leicester City 4-1 victory at relegation threatened West Brom through injury.
Christian Atsu made a cameo appearance for Newcastle United as they walloped Southampton 3-0 at the St. James’ Park.
Jordan Ayew was shown an early red card for Swansea City in their goalless draw with Huddlesfield Town. Andre Ayew lasted 73 minutes for the Swans while Collins Quaner made a cameo appearance for the Terriers.
In the Championship, Albert Adomah scored his 14th league goal for Aston Villa as they hammered high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderes 4-1 at the Villa Park. Phil Ofosu-Ayeh missed the game for the losers through injury.
Andy Yiadom warmed the bench for Barnsley in their 3-1 loss at Middlesbrough.
Caleb Ekuban lasted 77 minutes for Leeds United as they held Reading FC to a 2-2 draw.
Dennis Odoi played full minutes of action for Fulham FC in their 2-1 victory at Preston North End.
In League One, Bernard Mensah warmed the bench for Bristol Rovers in their 1-0 loss at AFC Wimbledon.
Kwesi Appiah missed AFC Wimbledon 2-1 win over Oxford United through injury.
Kevin Luckassen came off the bench to rescue a point for Northampton Town in their 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers. Bernard Mensah warmed the bench for the Robins.
Tarique Fosu lasted 90 minutes for Charlton Athletic in their 4-1 loss at Peterborough. Joe Dodoo was not included in the Addicks match day squad.
In League Two, Hiram Boateng enjoyed full throttle for Exeter City in their 1-1 stalemate with Carlisle.
Elsewhere in the lower leagues, Darius Osei warmed the bench for Maidstone in their 1-0 win over Torquay. Nana Ofori Twumasi was not included in the victors squad.
Kwame Thomas lasted full minutes for Solihull in their 1-0 loss at Sutton.
Young shot-stopper Declan Appau was added to the Woking squad that lost 3-1 at home to Halifax Town.
Harold Odametey picked a booking but played full minutes of action for Maidenhead in their 7-1 thumping at Gateshead. Nana Owusu made a cameo appearance for the losers.
Koby Arthur missed Macclesfield squad that won 3-1 against Barrow through injury.
Sulley Muntari picked a booking before being taken in the 66th minute for Deportivo La Coruna in their 2-0 loss at Girona.
Thomas Partey warmed the bench for Atletico Madrid as they thump Celta Vigo 3-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Emmanuel Boateng played a significant role after coming in the 59th minute for UD Levante in their 1-0 win over Getafe.
In the Segunda Division, Yaw Yeboah made a cameo appearance for Real Oviedo in their 3-1 loss at Tenerife.
Kwadwo Asamoah continued from where he left off in midweek against Tottenham as helped Juventus beat Udinese 2-0 at the Allianz Stadium.
Alfred Duncan lasted 64 minutes for Sassuolo in their 1-1 draw with Spal at the Mapei Stadium. Claude Adjepong made a cameo appearance for Sassuolo.
Isaac Cofie was not added to the Genoa squad that lost 1-0 to AC Milan at the Luigi Ferarris Stadium.
Godfred Donsah lasted full period for Bologna as they were defeated 1-0 by Atalanta.
Afriyie Acquah missed Torino’s 2-0 home win over Udinese through suspension.
Bright Gyamfi warmed the bench for Benevento Calcio in their 1-0 loss at Fiorentina.
In the Serie B, Yusif Rahman Chibsah picked a booking before being taken off in the 85th minute for Frosinone in their 1-0 loss at Palermo. Emmanuel Besea did not make the squad for the losers.
Bright Addae lasted the entire duration for Ascoli in their 1-0 loss at Venezia.
Isaac Donkor played 90 minutes for AC Cesena in their goalless draw with Carpi.
Moses Odjer and Patrick Asmah warmed the bench for Salernitana in their 2-0 win over Avellino.
In Serie C, Ransford Selasi lasted 58 minutes for Lecce in their goalless draw with Matera.
Enock Kwarteng was not included in the Nantes squad that defeated Troye 1-0 at home.
In the Ligue 2, Ebenezer Assifuah lasted 71 minutes for Le Havre in their 2-1 win over Clermont.
Goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi manned the post for Sochaux Montbilliard in their 2-0 defeat at Paris FC.
Grejohn Kyei warmed the bench for Stade Reims as they white-washed Chateauroux 4-0 at home.
Bernard Tekpetey and Baba Rahman were not included in the Schalke 04 squad that recorded a 1-0 win over Mainz 05.
Kevin-Prince Boateng lasted full minutes of action for Eintracht Frankfurt as they were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.
Steffen Nkansah warmed the bench for Eintracht Braunschweig in their goalless draw with St. Pauli. Joseph Baffo missed the for Braunschweig through injury.
Kwame Yeboah was not included enjoyed 72 minutes for Paderbon in their 3-2 win at Hansa Rostock. Christopher Antwi-Adjei was introduced at half time for the victors.
Marcel Appiah was an unused substitute for VfL Osnabruck in their 1-0 loss at Wurzburger Kickers.
Agyemang Diawusie made a cameo appearance for SV Wehen in their 3-1 win at Sonnenhof Grossaspach. Michael Akoto did not make the victors match day squad.
David Atanga made a cameo appearance for St. Polten 3-0 in their 4-0 demolishing at Austria Vienna. Kadiri Mohammed missed the action for the victors through injury.
Samuel Tetteh netted for LASK Linz in their 3-0 win at AC Wolfsberger. Majeed Ashimeru was taken off in the 85th minute for the losers.
In the Bundesliga II, Gideon Mensah enjoyed full throttle for FC Liefering in their 2-0 win at Hartberg.
Kingsley Boateng was stupendous at the back for Reid Grodni in their 2-2 draw at BW Linz. Samuel Oppong was not added to BW Linz squad.
Richard Gadze lasted the entire of action for Zira in their 2-0 defeat at Qarabag.
Joel Fameyeh warmed the bench for Dinamo Brest as they defeated giants BATE Borisov to clinch the Super Cup final.
Bernard Kumordzi picked a booking for Kortrijk in their 2-0 win over Sporting Charleroi but just missed out on a playoffs spot.
Nana Opoku Ampomah enjoyed full throttle for Waasland-Beveren in their 2-0 loss against relegated KV Mechelen.
Dennis Appiah played full minutes for Anderlecht in their 2-1 win over Royal Antwerp to finish second in the Regular season. Francis Amuzu warmed the bench for the victors but there was no place for Emmanuel Adjei Sowah and Dauda Mohammed on the sub bench. William Owusu Acheampong played full throttle for the losers.
Joseph Aidoo played the entire duration of the game for KRC Genk in their 2-1 home defeat to KAA Gent as both clubs secure playoffs berth. Nana Akwesi Asare also lasted 90 minutes for the victors.
Samuel Asamoah lasted full throttle for Sint Truiden in their 1-0 loss at home to Regular season winners Club Brugge.
Eric Ocansey played full action for KAS Eupen as they escaped relegation on the final day of the Regular season following a 4-0 win over Mouscron. Goalkeeper Abdul Manaf Nurudeen was not added to the victors match-day squad.
In the Proximus League, Collins Tanor did not make the match day squad for Beerschot Wilrijk in their 3-1 defeat at Cercle Brugge.
Ishmael Baidoo was introduced at half time for Septemvri Sofia in their goalless draw with Bristritsa.
Edwin Gyasi climbed off the bench to inspire CSKA Sofia to beat Pirin Blagoevgrad 2-1.
Ohene Carlos picked a booking but lasted full period for Beroe as they defeated Lokomotive Plovdiv 2-0
Frank Acheampong did not make the squad for Tianjin Teda as they were pipped 1-0 at Henan Jianye.
Richmond Boakye-Yiadom missed Jiansu Suning 2-1 home loss against Beijing Guoan through injury.
Maxwell Boadu Acosty scored for Rijeka in their 3-0 win over Inter Zapresic. Obeng Regan was introduced in the 57th minute for the losers.
Ahmed Said added his name on the score sheet for Hadjuk Split in their 3-2 win over Istra 1961.
Benjamin Tetteh was introduced in the 59th minute for Bohemians 1905 in their 1-0 loss at Slovacko.
Francis Narh and Benjamin Asamoah lasted full period for Doxa as they were trounced 6-2 at home by Nea Salamis.
Moro Ibrahim played 86 minutes for Silkeborg in their 1-1 stalemate with Hobro.
Ernest Asante registered his name on the score sheet for FC Nordsjaelland in their 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland. Jonathan Amon was not added to the victors match day squad while Godsway Donyoh missed the game through injury. Michael Baidoo made a cameo appearance for the visitors.
Kelvin Mensah was an unused substitute for Brondby in their 1-1 stalemate with AC Horsens.
Joseph Paintsil netted his 7th league goal for Ferencvarosi as they put 5 goals past Balmazujvaros Sport.
Patrick Twumasi made a cameo appearance for Astana FC in their 3-0 home win over FK Akzhayik.
Abdul Bashiru and Arago Jamal lasted full period for FK Prishtina in their 3-1 victory at Besa Peje.
Clifford Aboagye enjoyed 90 minutes as Atlas FC ended their two-match winless streak with a 1-0 victory over Puebla.
Francis Afriyie scored an own goal as his side Murciélagos FC were held 1-1 at home by Alebrijes Oaxaca. Joseph Owusu Bempah was not included in Murciélagos FC match day squad.
Derrick Luckassen picked a red card as PSV were hammered 5-0 at Willem II. Asumah Abubakarmissed the game for Willem II through injury.
Jonathan Opoku made a cameo appearnce for VVV Venlo in their 3-2 home loss to Excelsior.
Thomas Agyepong is slowly getting back to his best after the long layoff as he enjoyed 79 minutes of action for NAC Breda in their 2-0 win at ADO Den Haag.
In the Eerste Divisie, Leroy Owusu picked a booking but lasted full minutes of action for Almere City in their 2-1 loss at Cambuur.
Shadrach Eghan did not make the match day squad for Go Ahead Eagles in their 2-0 win at Jong Ajax.
Rodney Antwi lasted 68 minutes for Volendam in their 3-0 defeat at NEC Nijmegen.
Goalkeeper Fatua Dauda played 90 minutes for Enyimba FC in their 1-0 defeat at Enugu Rangers. Former Aduana Stars youngster Tofic Omar warmed the bench for the losers likewise goalkeeper Nana Bonsu for the victors.
Raymond Gyasi was an unused substitute for Stabaek in their 2-2 draw at Stromsgodset in the opening day of the Norwegian top flight league.
Abdul Majeed Waris is still searching for his debut goal for FC Porto after joining during the January transfer window as he played 53 minutes in their 1-0 loss at Pacos Ferreira.
Emmanuel Hackman was a superb in defense for Portimonense in their 2-1 win over Vitoria Guimaraes. Alhassan Wakaso missed the game for the losers through suspension.
Muniru Sulley warmed the bench for Tondela in their goalless draw at Belenenses.
In the Segunda Liga, Ernest Ohemeng was taken off at half time for Arouca in their 2-2 draw with Sporting Covilha. Osei Barnes enjoyed full throttle for Arouca.
Joseph Amoah was a constant threat in the game as his side Vitoria Guimaraes B beat Gil Vicente.
Kwame Nsor made a cameo for Academica Viseu in their 1-0 win at Porto B.
Aziz Tetteh warmed the bench for Dynamo Moscow in their goalless draw with Krasnador.
Reagy Ofosu made a cameo appearance for Spartak Trnava in their 2-1 win at Trencin.
Sadam Sulley lasted full minutes of action for Michlovce in their goalless draw with Presov at home.
Hans Nunoo Sarpei lasted 80 minutes for Senica FK in their 1-0 home loss to Nitra.
Double delight as Mitch Apau provided an assist for Issah Abass to score the winner for NK Olimpija Ljubljana in their 1-0 win at Triglav.
Ibrahim Arafat Mensah missed NK Aluminij 2-1 loss against Celje through injury.
Raphael Dwamena was not added to FC Zurich squad that defeated Lugano 3-0.
Kasim Nuhu enjoyed 90 minutes of action for Young Boys in their 3-1 win against Grasshoppers.
In the Challenge League, defender Kwadwo Duah was not in the match day squad of Winterthur in their 1-0 loss at Chiasso.
Richard Ofori manned the post for Maritzburg United as they defeated Royal Eagles 2-1 in the Nedbank Cup quarter final round.
Anas Mohammed played a key role in Free State Stars 2-1 win over Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup quarter final round
Samuel Mensah lasted full period for Ostersunds in their 1-0 win against GAIS in the quarter final of the Swedish Cup. Patrick Kpozo and Francis Arhin warmed the bench for the victors.
Kingsley Sarfo missed Malmo FF 1-0 win over Goteburg through suspension. The highly skilled midfielder is battling court case after allegedly raping three underage girls.
Isaac Vorsah was not part of the Ohod squad that lost 3-1 at home to Al Raed.
Samuel Owusu played full throttle for FK Cukaricki in their 2-0 defeat at home to Partizan Belgrade.
Abraham Frimpong warmed the bench for Red Star Belgrade in their 1-1 with Napredak.
Dominic Adiyiah scored the winner for Nakhon Ratchasima in their 2-1 home victory over Sukhotai.
Elvis Manu made a cameo appearance for Genclerbirligi as they were edged out 1-0 at Besiktas. Kamal Issah did make the squad for the losers.
Asamoah Gyan played his first 90 minutes in the league for Kayserispor in their 3-2 win over Kardemir Karabuk.
John Boye climbed off the bench to pick a booking for Sivasspor in their 3-2 victory over Osmanilspor
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Bursaspor 2-1 loss at Osmanlispor through injury.
Isaac Sackey displayed a master class performance for Alanyaspor in their 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir. Joseph Attamah also lasted full period of action for the losers.
Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah lasted 90 minutes while Lalas Abubakar was taken off at the death for Columbus Crew in their 3-2 win over Montreal Impact. Dominic Oduro warmed the bench for the Impact.
Latif Blessing opened his league account for Los Angeles FC in their 5-1 win at Real Salt Lake.
Abu Danladi missed Minnesota United 2-1 win at Orlando City FC through injury.
Bismark Adjei-Boateng warmed the bench for Colorado Rapids in their 2-1 loss at Vancouver Whitecaps.
Kofi Opare and Chris Odoi-Atsem were unused substitutes for DC United in their 3-1 loss at Atalanta United.
Ema Boateng lasted 90 minutes for LA Galaxy in their 2-1 defeat at New York Cty FC.
Serena Williams knocked out in first round by Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams was knocked out of the Miami Open in the first round by Naomi Osaka as the 23-time Grand Slam winner continues her return after pregnancy.
Williams, unseeded after taking 13 months off to have her first child, was beaten 6-3 6-2 by the Japanese, 20.
The American lost serve twice in each set and was unable to break back.
Her defeat comes after the Miami Open director said seeding rules for players coming back after maternity leave were a “punishment” and “should be changed”.
Osaka is herself also unseeded but last week claimed her maiden title at Indian Wells to move up to 22 in the world.
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Her powerful serve and relentless returning proved too much for Williams, who was broken at 3-3 and 5-3 in the first set and again at 3-1 in the second.
Osaka clinched victory when Williams sprayed a wide open forehand long, and will now face world number four Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the second round.
“I was extremely nervous coming on to the court. I don’t know if anybody knows this but Serena is my favourite player,” Osaka said.
“So just playing against her is kind of like a dream for me. I’m very grateful I was able to play her and it is even better that I was able to win.”
Williams, 36, made her return to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells earlier this month, losing to sister Venus in the third round.
She has no official ranking, which means she cannot be seeded for WTA events.
However, she can gain entry to eight tournaments in 12 months – including two Grand Slams – with her protected world number one ranking.
Azarenka & Muguruza go through
Two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka marked her fourth event since giving birth with a 6-3 6-0 win over American Cici Bellis.
The Belarusian pulled out of the US Open and the Fed Cup final earlier last year because of a custody dispute over her young son.
Azarenka, who made her first appearance of the year at Indian Wells last week, took just over an hour to brush past the 18-year-old.
Meanwhile, Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost in her first WTA Tour match since dislocating her right kneecap and rupturing a tendon at Wimbledon last year.
The 32-year-old doubles specialist had been awarded a wild card but slipped to a 6-2 7-5 defeat at the hands of France’s Alize Cornet.
And third seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain progressed after her opponent, 16-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, withdrew due to injury.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Manchester United striker to leave Old Trafford club
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave Manchester United imminently.
Although there has been no announcement from United, it is understood manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to release Ibrahimovic from his present deal which expires on 30 June.
It is not known where Ibrahimovic is going but there has been intense speculation recently that he will join Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy.
Ibrahimovic, 36, joined United from Paris St-German in 2016.
The former Sweden forward scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for the Old Trafford side but does not appear to have fully recovered from the cruciate ligament injury he sustained against Anderlecht last April.
It has recently been suggested that he could come out of international retirement for this summer’s World Cup.
England 58 all out: Trevor Bayliss says players like ‘deer in headlights’
England players were like “deer in the headlights” as they were bowled out for 58 by New Zealand in the opening Test, says head coach Trevor Bayliss.
In their first Test match since losing the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, England slipped to 27-9 before being dismissed in 20.4 overs at Eden Park, Auckland.
The sensational collapse was England’s sixth lowest total in Test history.
“We were nowhere near good enough. New Zealand bowled well but we batted equally badly,” said Bayliss.
“It was like deer in the headlights. Someone sneezes and everyone caught a cold today.”
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At one point England had looked on course for their lowest-ever Test total and to break a record that had stood for over 131 years.
Somerset bowler Craig Overton saved England from that ignominy with an unbeaten 33 as only he and opener Mark Stoneman (11) made double figures.
Left-arm seamer Trent Boult took 6-32 and new-ball partner Tim Southee 4-25 as five batsmen made ducks, equalling an England record.
It swung around a bit but nothing different to any other first day of a Test match.
“The ball was pitched up and swinging and we were caught behind the crease for a lot of dismissals. Trying to get forward and negate the swing would have been the way to go.”
|England’s lowest Test totals|
|45 v Australia, Sydney, 1887|
|46 v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1994|
|51 v West Indies, Kingston, 2009|
|52 v Australia, The Oval, 1948|
|53 v Australia, Lord’s, 1888|
|58 v New Zealand, Auckland, 2018|
|Lowest totals in Test cricket|
How the collapse unfolded
- 6-1: Cook c Latham b Boult 5 – no foot movement and edges outswinger to second slip
- 6-2: Root b Boult 0 – captain has his off stump knocked back as he attempts to drive one that swings back between bat and pad
- 16-3: Malan c Watling b Boult 2 – drawn forward and Watling takes fine diving catch in front of first slip
- 18-4: Stoneman c Watling b Southee 11 – another batsman not moving his feet, another edge to Watling
- 18-5: Stokes b Boult 0 – playing his first Test since September 2017, Stokes is cleaned up by a fine delivery that clips the top of off stump
- 18-6: Bairstow c&b Southee 0 – driving on the up and smartly taken in Southee’s follow-through
- 23-7: Woakes b Boult 5 – forward defensive, played on the walk, and is beaten all ends up by another inswinger
- 23-8: Moeen b Southee 0 – a third batsman of the innings is bowled, Moeen inexplicably missing a low full toss
- 27-9: Broad c Williamson b Southee 0 – captain takes sensational one-handed catch, diving high to his left at gully, as Broad departs with wry smile
- 58 all out: Anderson c Nicholls b Boult 1 – fends short ball to gully
‘Players will feel utterly embarrassed’
Analysis by former England spinner Graeme Swann on BBC Test Match Special
The players will feel utterly embarrassed by their performance today. Sometimes it just goes horribly wrong and there’s nothing you can do about it.
It was a horrific day from start to finish. New Zealand bowled well but England’s technique has been found wanting.
They didn’t get out of their crease and they didn’t cover their stumps.
In all of my time playing and watching cricket I’ve never quite witnessed anything like this morning. The first few overs passed without any incident and then it was just a snowball of England wickets.
- This was England’s lowest Test total versus New Zealand, eclipsing the 64 they made at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in 1977/78.
- England faced just 124 balls in their innings – the 16th shortest innings in the history of Test cricket.
- The total was England’s sixth lowest in Test cricket and the joint 32nd lowest of all Test-playing nations.
- Craig Overton’s 33 not out meant he scored 56.9% of England’s total.
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