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16.05.2007 Football News

African goals in Europe: 12-13 May

By BBC
African goals in Europe: 12-13 May

A header from Burkina Faso striker Moumouni Dagano helped Sochaux to victory in the French Cup against Olympique Marseille for their first trophy since 1937.

In a pulsating Cup final, which ended 2-2 after extra time, Sochaux twice fought back from a goal down to win the trophy 5-4 on penalties.

Dagano's clinical header in the 67th minute levelled the score at 1-1 after French forward Djibril Cisse had put Marseille in front.

Cisse scored again in extra time, only for Anthony Le Tallec to equalise for Sochaux with five minutes remaining.

Sochaux goalkeeper Teddy Richert saved two penalties in the shoot-out to earn the victory.

England

Ivorian striker Didier Drogba finished as the Premier League's top scorer with his 20th goal of an impressive campaign to earn Chelsea a 1-1 draw against Everton.

Drogba's accomplished equaliser came in the 57th minute after good work from England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and took Chelsea's unbeaten home league run to 63 matches, equalling Liverpool's record from 1978-81.

Blackburn's South African striker Benni McCarthy finished second in the goalscoring charts to Drogba.

He claimed his 18th goal of the season from close range in the 3-3 draw at home to Reading.

McCarthy's excellent form means he has been linked with a move away from Ewood Park but Blackburn manager Mark Hughes said his top striker would be at the club next season.

"I get fed up of telling people that we are not a selling club. If I was to sell Benni we would undoubtedly be weaker as a unit and that's not what I want," Hughes said.

Belgium

Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Hassan opened the scoring for Anderlecht as they clinched their 29th league championship with a 6-0 drubbing of FC Brussels.

Two late goals from Congolese striker Mohammed Tchite sealed the title and a Champions League spot for Anderlecht.

Ten-man Charleroi ended second-placed Genk's title hopes with a 2-0 away victory.

Nigeria's Joseph Akpala opened the scoring just before half-time and Charleroi doubled their advantage after the break, despite the dismissal of Brice Jovial in the 26th minute.

Italy

Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan twice put Udinese into the lead against Atalanta Bergamo but a late goal from former Italian international Christian Vieri claimed the points for the visitors.

The defeat ended Udinese's slim hopes of Uefa Cup qualification.

Spain

Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto'o could not find the target for Barcelona as they relinquished their lead in the Primera Liga to bitter rivals Real Madrid with a 1-1 at home to Real Betis.

A last-gasp strike from Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain earned Real a 4-3 home win against Espanyol and they now top the table from Barcelona by virtue of a better head-to-head record.

Both clubs have 66 points.

Turkey

Ghana captain Stephen Appiah set up the goal that sealed the Turkish league title for Fenerbahce.

The Yellow Canaries twice fought back from a goal down to hold Trabzonspor to a 2-2 draw to win their 17th title in their centenary year.

But the Istanbul giants had to wait until the 85th minute when Appiah turned his marker inside out before clipping in a precision cross to Brazilian Deivid de Souza, who headed into the empty net.

With two matches to go before the end of the season, Fenerbahce top the table with 64 points, six points ahead of arch-Istanbul rivals Besiktas, who lost 3-0 to Bursaspor.

Fenerbahce have the better record from matches between the two clubs this season.

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