Zidan leads African feast

PARIS - After scoring against England at Wembley last week, Borussia Dortmund's Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan hit two on Saturday to help seal a 3-0 win against German rivals Moenchengladbach.

PARIS - After scoring against England at Wembley last week, Borussia Dortmund's Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan hit two on Saturday to help seal a 3-0 win against German rivals Moenchengladbach.

Among other African players in action for European clubs, Didier Drogba's goal drought continued for a third match, but Chelsea teammate John Obi Mikel ensured a crucial clearance that helped the holders reach the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-0 win against Stoke on Sunday.

Steven Pienaar (Everton): The South Africa winger laid on Mikel Arteta's second goal with a perfect pass in his side's 5-1 demolition of struggling Hull in a Premier League match at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Ayegbeni Yakubu (Everton): The Nigeria striker had a mixed day in his team's 5-1 win against Hull. He set up Arteta's opening goal but a poor penalty later was easily saved by Boaz Myhill.

Nadir Belhadj (Portsmouth): The Algeria left-back subdued Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson and helped Avram Grant's team to a 2-0 win in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Faye (Stoke): The Senegal defender played an unwanted key role in his side's 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup quarterfinals at Chelsea on Sunday, deflecting Frank Lampard's 35th-minute shot past his own goalkeeper.

Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus): The Mali international played a key role as Juventus defeated Fiorentina 2-1 on Saturday.

Obafemi Martins (Vfl Wolfsburg): The Nigerian striker made his first league appearance for the defending Bundesliga champions since November when he came off the bench on Saturday and celebrated with a goal in Wolfsburg's 4-1 win over strugglers Bochum.

Mickael Tavares (Nuremberg): The Senegal midfielder scored the third goal in Nuremberg's shock 3-2 win over Leverkusen on Sunday that lifted his side out of the Bundesliga's bottom three.

Aristide Bance (Mainz): Burkina Faso striker Bance scored the winner in his side's 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, his third in four league games.

Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux): The Moroccan striker scored on the hour for the reigning champions, who drew 1-1 with fellow title contenders Montpellier.

Mamadou Niang (Marseille): The Senegal international netted his 15th goal of Marseilles' campaign with a left-foot effort in their 1-1 draw with Lorient.

Pierre Webo (Real Mallorca): The Cameroon striker scored a minute from time in Real Mallorca's 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon in the Spanish first division.

Ibrahima Baldé (Atletico Madrid): The Senegalese player celebrated signing a new contract by netting an injury-time equaliser in Atletico's 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza on Sunday. - Sapa-AFP

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