As many four Ghanaian players were on target in Europe with youngster Richmond Yiadom Boakye stealing the headlines.

Michael Essien travelled with his Chelsea teammates and watched the game from the stands as Joe Cole and Didier Drogba produced two goals to edge Manchester United 2-1.

In other Premier match held at the Reebok Stadium, Aston Villa vented their spleen on Bolton Wanderers.

The visitors defeated a listless Bolton side 0-1 that did not feature rasta-haired Mustapha Riga in the first team.

In the Coca-cola Championship, Patrick Agyemang was out of action with injury as Bristol Rovers failed to pick the three points against Nottingham Forest.

Charlton Athletic recorded their eighth away victory of the season with a 1-0 win over MK Dons.

Winger Lloyd Sam came on as a substitute for the Addicks in the 59th minute.

Chris Dickson played 58 minutes for Gillingham who lost narrowly to Oldham Athletics in a 1-0 scoreline.

Albert Adomah’s Barnet FC continued with their poor run in a 2-1 defeat at Hereford.

France:

Asamoah Gyan shrugged off an injury scare and started the game for Rennes against giants Lyon at the Route de Lorient.

Gyan applied a clinical finish on 14 minutes to a Jimmy Briand shot that was prevented from entering the net by the goal post.

Rennes could not sustain the victory as Lyon fought back strongly in the second half to snatch all three points from them.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of Lyon.

Relegation battlers Le Mans were without Ghanaian midfielder Moussa Narry when they succumbed to a 2-0 away defeat to a ten man St. Etienne.

In the Ligue 2, Andre Ayew was key for Arles-Avignon who thumped Nimes 2-0 at home.

In other game, Dijon confirmed their superiority over Chateauroux with a 3-1 away.

The former Nania FC midfielder Charles Boateng was out of the first team squad for Dijon.

Bayer Leverkusen’s title hunt suffered a major setback at the weekend by losing 3-2 to Frankfurt.

Hans Adu-Sarpei sat on the bench for Leverkusen who were reduced to ten men just after the break.

Isaac Boakye was left out of the Nurnberg side which won 2-0 over Mainz 05 who were also numerically reduced four minutes into play.

In the Bundesliga II, Mohammed Lartey played at lateral defence for Ahlen who were silenced 0-1 at home by Duisburg.

Italy:

Kwadwo Asamoah was in a devastating form for Udinese who highly dominated Juventus at the Stadio Fruili.

Udinese outclassed Juve and demolished them 3-0 without mercy.

Kwadwo Asamoah’s dazzling skills and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu’s 78th minute introduction made the Turin club chase shadows for the rest of the game.

17-year-old Richmond Yiadom Boakye stole the show when he came on to replace on loan Inter Milan striker David Suazo.

Boakye scored a classic volley on the 51st minute but the mid-table club could not consolidate the lead as they allowed Livorno to equalize with two minutes left on the clock.

Sulley Ali Muntari replaced Diego Milito as Inter Milan beat Stephen Appiah’s Bologna 3-0 to remain at the summit of the Serie A.

In the Italian Serie B, Ahmed Barusso played in front of the Torino back four and helped them win 1-0 against Triestina.

Holland:

Eric Addo was on the Roda JC Kerkrade which massacred RKC Waawijk by 5-1.

Anthony Obodai sat on the bench for the vanquished side.

AZ Alkmaar moved a point within European slot after thrashing FC Utrecht at the Almaarderhout.

Full back Nana Kwasi Asare was part of the hapless Utrecht defence that suffered a 2-0 defeat.

Francis Dickoh witnessed the action from the touchlines.

Others:

Estadio do Dragao hosted the game between FC Porto and Maritimo in the Portuguese Liga Sagres.

David Nii Addy was not picked for first team action for the Portuguese giants in their 4-1 win.

William Tiero was involved in full time action for Academica de Coimbra which drew goalless with Uniao de Leiria.

In the Belgium Jupiler League, Abdul Yakeen Iddi came on in the 60th minute for KV Mechelen who walloped KSC Lokeren 3-1 at home.

His shot deflected Lokeren goalie and Julien Gorius finished off in style.

In Israel, Ibrahim Basit got the leveller for Hapoel Petah Tikva in their 2-1 win over Maccabi Netanya at home.

Awudu Samad gave Hapoel Acco a 2-1 lead but surrendered it to draw 2-2 with Maccabi Petah Tikva.

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