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31.12.2007 Football News

African goals in Europe: 28-30 Dec

By BBC

England

Michael Essien and Salomon Kalou were the heroes as Chelsea edged out Newcastle United 2-1.

A depleted side took the lead in the 28th minute when Shaun Wright-Phillips' shot fell to Ghana midfielder Essien to slide home.

Ivorian striker Kalou had the last word when, despite looking offside, he met a loose ball in the area and fired home.

It was the third goal of the season for Essien and the fourth for Kalou.

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor contributed to Arsenal's 4-1 triumph at Everton.

He came on as a substitute and scored the third goal for Arsenal, thanks to defensive confusion.

El-Hadji Diouf scored his third of the season, but the Senegal striker's effort could not save Bolton losing 3-1 at Sunderland.

Although Hameur Bouazza was shown the red card for a second bookable offence late in the game, his Fulham side managed to hold Birmingham City 1-1.

It was the first red card for the Algerian in the Premier League.

Fulham are second from bottom.

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Scotland

Gabonese striker Daniel Cousin scored with a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area for Rangers in their 2-1 win at Hibernian.

Cousin put Rangers 2-0 up after 59 minutes, before Moroccan Merouane Zemmama scored a late consolation for the home side with a superb angled drive.

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Holland
Sekou Cisse gave his side Roda JC a 28th minute lead in their 2-1 away win at Excelsior Rotterdam.

It was the Ivorian's second goal of the league season.

FC Utrecht's Ghanaian forward Francis Dickoh scored his second goal in four days with a deflected shot in his team's 2-2 draw at Vitesse Arnhem.

Dickoh had also scored in Utrecht's 4-1 home win over Excelsior on Thursday.

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Greece

Lomana Lua Lua found the back of the net after 20 minutes to help Olympiakos to a 2-1 win over Xanthi Skoda.

Lua Lua scored into an empty net after a defensive blunder.

It was the sixth goal for the DR Congo striker, whose side is second in the table.

Algeria striker Rafik Djebbour was sent off in the 70th minute as his side Panionios lost 3-1 at home against OFI Crete.

Crete's third goal was scored by their Nigerian striker Joseph Nwafor.

He now has three goals in his league account.

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