10.12.2008 Football News

Ghanaian stars continue push

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Ghanaian players are still battling the cold as some players continued with their displays before the break in Europe.

In England :
A last-gasp Jimmy Bullard strike ensured that Roy Hodgson's Fulham held onto their unbeaten run in five matches at Craven.

Defender John Paintsil had an excellent game but was booked on the 61st minute for bad tackle on Shaun Wright Philips.

Mustapha Riga was sidelined when title-chasers Chelsea halted the winning streak of Bolton Wanderers.

Youngster Daniel Welbeck was absent when Manchester United piped trouble hit Sunderland by a lone goal.

In the Coca-Cola Championship:
At the Saint Andrews Park, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie and Nigel Quashie were both full timers for Birmingham City who bettered their Chances of making a premiership return next season. Birmingham defeated Watford 3-2.

Patrick Agyemang helped QPR brush aside leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers by a lone goal.

The former Preston hit-man lasted the entire duration of the game at the Loftus Road Park.

It was an unpleasant afternoon for Alan Pardew's boy as they became losers at the hands of Blackpool in the match day 21.

Chris Dickson and Lloyd Sam were both introduced on the 65th minute but their efforts were not enough to help the struggling Charlton.

In Germany:
Hoffenheim stayed at the top of the Bundesliga table despite losing 2-1 to champions Bayern Munich by virtue of a better goal difference.

Isaac Vorsah replaced Carlos Eduardo on the 92nd minute of the game.

Godfred Aduobe played in midfield to complement Karlsruhe's task of beating giants Weder Bremen. 

The former Hansa Rostock midfield ace played 90 minutes for the relegation threatened side.

Hans Adu-Sarpei remained on the bench as Bayern Leverkusen won 3-1 away to Brussia Monchengladbach.

Jerome Boateng was a major factor in Hamburger SV's 2-1 piping FC Cologne at the Rhein Energie Stadion.

On Sunday afternoon in the Bundesliga II, striker Ibrahim Salou was missing from the Duisburg side that drew goalless at Kaiserslautern.

Charles Takyi was absentee in Greuther Furth 1-0 away win over for Bundesliga contenders Mainz 05.

In France:
 It was yet another disappointing weekend for the fans of Asamoah Gyan as failed to earn a first team place.

Stade Rennes bagged a precious point from Caen and the former Udinese goal poacher was out of the first team squad.

Elsewhere John Mensah stayed on the bench as Olympique Lyon lost to Nantes.

Satellites winger Abeiku Quansah did find himself a place in the Nice set-up as they slipped to Marseille 2-1 at the stade Vedrome.

Moussa Narry helped his buoyant Auxerre pick a point from Caen away from home. 

In the French Ligue 2, Charles Boateng was a second half substitute for Dijon who drew at home with Troyes.

Michael Helebge did not find himself a place in the Guingamp team that picked up a point at Montpellier.

In Italy:
Ahmed Ampimah Barusso was missing in action for Siena which lost 2-0 at Napoli.

Sulley Muntari provided the cross that gave Inter Milan the opener in their 3-0 win over Lazio. He was replaced in the 70th minute by veteran midfielder Luis Figo. 

Catania became losers at the hands of giants AC Milan and last season's consistent midfielder Mark Edusei was missing from the visiting team?s squad.

In Belgium:
Nana Kwasi Asare was in full time action for KV Mechelen who brushed aside Charleroi 2-1. Meanwhile Abdul Iddi Yakini was absentee for KV Mechelen. 

Germinal Beerschot who are relegation threatened demolished Mouscron 3-0.

King Osei Gyan was introduced at the closing stages to replace Tosin Dosunmu at the Olympisch Stadion.

In Holland:
NAC Breda suffered yet another humiliation at home, losing 0-4 to Den Haag.

Trainer Robert Maakschat might be cursing his stars for the absence of star striker Mathew Amoah to injury.

It seems Emmanuel Boakye has managed his way into the Heracles Almelo first team playing 90 minutes over the weekend in their away loss to AZ Alkmaar.

Francis Dickoh remained on the bench for FC Utrecht which defeated NEC Nijmegen 1-2.

Black Stars defender Eric Addo was not in action over the weekend for PSV Eindhoven who became comprehensive winners over FC Groningen.

Stanley Aborah Jr. netted on the 90th minute for Den Bosch in the Dutch Jupiler league although they lost 3-4.

In the Portuguese superliga, Academica Coimbra snatched a 2-1 victory over Pacos Ferreira.

Former Asante Kotoko playmaker William Tiero came on in the 70th to replace striker Lito.

Suspension kept Bernard Yao Kumordzi out of action for Panionios which spilt points against visiting Larisa.

In the Israeli Premier league, want-away Derek Boateng did not feature in Beitar Jerusalem's scoreless draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv.


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