Ayegbeni Yakubu, Adebayor On Target Again

(AFP) – Nigerian Ayegbeni Yakubu and Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor demonstrated their predatory instincts again at the weekend on the final day of the English Premier League season.

Each striker raised his league tally to 17, with Yakubu netting for relegated Blackburn in a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea while Adebayor needed only 96 seconds to put Tottenham ahead in a 2-0 home triumph over Fulham.

South Africa midfielder and captain Steven Pienaar continued a successful spell on loan from Tottenham to former club Everton by opening the scoring in a 3-1 victory against visiting Newcastle.



The Nigerian struck in the second half but it was not enough to prevent relegated Blackburn from concluding their campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Champions League finalists Chelsea. He netted by diverting Scott Dann’s header home after Morten Gamst Pedersen had delivered a corner from the left flank.


South Africa’s star hit the first in Everton’s 3-1 win over Newcastle as the Toffees made sure of finishing above Merseyside rivals Liverpool. In the 16th minute at Goodison Park, Belgian Marouane Fellaini laid the ball off to Pienaar, who was loitering on the edge of the penalty area, and the Tottenham loanee found the top-left corner of the net via a hefty deflection off Mike Williamson.


The Togo striker grabbed a second-minute opener in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Fulham as his side secured fourth place. Adebayor received the ball near the touchline and played a one-two with Rafael van der Vaart on the left of the Fulham penalty area before calmly slotting past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.



Cameroon striker Moukandjo claimed a first-half brace as Nancy bade farewell to their fans with a 3-2 win over Saint-Etienne in their final home game of the season. The 23-year-old struck in the sixth and 21st minutes to put the hosts 2-0 up and the victory left them 11th in Ligue 1 ahead of their final game of the season at defending champions Lille.


Ivory Coast international Meite, 31, scored his first Ligue 1 goal since he was playing for Marseille in the 2004-05 season to put Dijon 1-0 up at home to Toulouse. The game finished 1-1, however, which left Dijon second-bottom and two points from safety ahead of their trip to Rennes on Sunday, when they will bid to avoid an immediate return to Ligue 2.


The Burkina Faso international endured a dismal night as his side lost 3-0 at Marseille, which saw Auxerre slide into Ligue 2 for the first time since they were promoted to the French top flight in 1980. Traore is Auxerre’s second-top scorer with nine league goals — one less than Kenyan team-mate Dennis Oliech — but he produced a disappointing performance and was substituted in the 63rd minute.



The Ghana midfielder had a strong game in the middle for Udinese as they secured a 2-0 win at Catania which propelled them into next season’s Champions League. Asamoah came within an inch of converting a late chance.


Given a rare run-out in this end-of-season game, the Algeria full-back made a bright start and provided a pinpoint cross that Alberto Aquilani should have netted from inside the six-yard box. However, Mesbah was perhaps a touch out of position when Novara took the lead. Milan came back to win 2-1 with Filippo Inzaghi scoring the winner to spark a party.


It was a disastrous end to the season for the injury-prone Ghana midfielder. Starting Milan’s 2-1 win over Novara, he lasted only a few minutes before going off with another problem. Milan will have to resolve his injury issues to get the most out of him next season.



The Algeria striker scored twice to help Levante to a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and reward their magnificant season with a Europa League place. He raced on to a long ball from centre-half Gustavo Cabral to lob over advancing goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz on the stroke of half-time for his first. Jose Barkero supplied him for the second as Levante qualified for Europe for the first time.


The former Cameroon goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for Malaga in the important 1-0 victory over Sporting Gijon that guranteed the Andalusian side fourth position in La Liga and the final Champions League spot.


The veteran ex-Mali striker came off the bench to make his final appearence for Sevilla, playing 26 minutes of the 1-1 draw at Espanyol. Kanoute is leaving the club where he became a crowd favourite after six successful seasons.

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