Performance of Ghanaian Stars Abroad: Rodney Antwi and Bellarabi make history, Bernard Mensah and seven others score
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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It was a weekend of history making for Ghanaian stars abroad as Karim Bellarabi set a new Bundesliga goal record after scoring for Bayer Leverkusen after just nine seconds of kick off against Borussia Dortmund.
Dutch-born sensation Rodney Antwi also came off the bench to score the match-winner for FC Utrecht at Feyenoord to end their ten-year winless run against them.
David Accam netted a brace for Helsingborg in Sweden while his former Right to Dream Academy team-mate Isaac Telly Shaze also scored in the lower division.
There were also goals for former Heart of Lions man Benjamin Fadi, Samuel Owusu in Saudi Arabia, Koby Arthur in the English four-tier, former Arsenal starlet Abu Ogogo, Bernard Mensah in Portugal and Kevin Luckassen for Slovan Liberec.
GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong Manson has a comprehensive wrap on how Ghanaian stars performed abroad over the weekend.
Youngster Fatau Mohammed was not in the Granada CF team that defeated Dep. La Coruna 2-1.
On loan Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey played the entire game for Almeria who drew 1-1 with Espanyol.
On Sunday night, Derek Boateng sat on the Eibar bench when they cruised to a narrow 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.
Former Asante Kotoko and Ghana U20 midfielder Michael Anaba could not make the Elche first team grades for their trip to Barcelona which ended in a 3-0 loss.
Leicester City slipped to a 2-0 loss at the Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Ghana defender Jeffrey Schlupp played the entire duration of the game for Leicester.
Ghana star Christian Atsu climbed off the bench to play the last five minutes if the game for Everton who drew 2-2 with Arsenal on Saturday.
In the Championship, Ghanaian-born Norwegian defender Alexander Tettey set up a goal for Norwich City who beat Ipswich Town 1-0.
Albert Adomah was in full-time action for Middlesbrough who slipped to yet another defeat after suffering a 3-2 home loss.
Crystal Palace loanee Kwesi Appiah played for Cambridge United who recorded a 2-1 home loss against Morecambe United on Saturday.
Still in the League Two, Birmingham City loanee Koby Arthur came off the bench to score in the 69th minute for Cheltenham United who beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2.
Former Chelsea youth team captain Nana Ofori Twumasi was not in the Yeovil Town team that drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe.
Former Arsenal youth team graduate Abu Ogogo scored a 60th minute goal for Dagenham & Red. United who beat Manfield 2-0.
Black Stars defender Jonathan Mensah started his debut game in the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season for Evian TG who split points with ten-man Paris Saint-Germain on Friday night.
Olympique Marseille recorded their first win of the Ligue 1 after beating Guingamp 1-0 on Saturday. Ghana winger Andre Ayew played the entire regulation minutes for Marseille.
Jordan Ayew was in full-time action for Lorient who succumbed to a 2-0 loss against OSC Lille.
Left-back Dennis Appiah returned to action after his suspension was lifted and helped Caen to beat Stade Reims 2-0 on Saturday.
In the Ligue de National, former Ghana U17 striker Charles Boateng was booked in the 23rd minute and played the entire 90 minutes for Avranches who beat Epinal 2-0.
Still in the Ligue de National, 21-year-old midfielder Brian Amofa was in full-time action for Strasbourg who held FC Paris to a 1-1 draw on Friday night.
Cambuur kept their unbeaten run intact with a 1-0 away win over Heracles Almelo. Dutch-born former AZ Alkmaar winger Edwin Gyasi was an unused substitute by Heracles.
NAC Breda and FC Twente split points in a 1-1 draw. Ghanaian attacker Kingsley Boateng played 78 minutes for Breda but Shadrach Eghan sat on the Twente bench for the entire duration of the game. Jeffrey Sarpong was unused by Breda.
ADO Den Haag highlighted their impressive form by beating FC Groningen 3-0. Dutch-born Ghanaian defender Johan Kappelhof played in central defence for Groningen.
Rodney Antwi ended FC Utrecht’s ten-season winless run against Feyenoord after coming off the bench to score the match-winner in a 2-1 win. Elvis Manu played 65 minutes for Feyenoord.
Young defender Kenny Tete failed to make the Ajax Amsterdam squad in their 3-1 loss against PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch derby.
Midfielder Mohammed Yahaya warmed the bench for Jong FC Twente who silenced Almere City 1-0.
Jonathan Opoku lasted 66 minutes for Oss who lost 2-1 at Helmon Sport.
Volendam demolished 9-man Jong Ajax 5-0 to return to winning waves. Ghanaian youngster Leroy Owusu started and played full throttle for Jong Ajax but compatriot Elton Acolatse was unused.
Maastricht succumbed to a 2-0 lead against Sparta Rotterdam. Genk loanee Marvin Ofori-Appiah was unused by Maastricht.
Versatile defender Marcel Appiah helped NEC Nijmegen to cruise to a 5-1 win over Fortuna Sittard.
Youngster Bernard Mensah scored a double for Vitória Guimarães who posted a 3-0 win over newly-promoted Penafiel. The 19-year-old was replaced in the 88th minute.
Sensational attacker Osei Barnes came off the bench Paços de Ferreira bench in the 30th minute to play against FC Porto in a 1-0 defeat.
Former Lierse SK midfielder Richard Ofori was in full-time action for Academica who suffered a 2-1 loss at Maritimo.
Alhassan Wakaso returned to Rio Ave to mark his debut in a 5-1 win at Estoril. The junior brother of Black Stars winger went into the referee’s pocket on the 20th minute. Youngster Emmanuel Okyere Boateng warmed the Rio Ave bench.
Midfielder Prince Buaben lasted 56 minutes for Hearts of Midlothian who beat Raith 4-0.
Striker Samuel Owusu scored in the 44th minute for Al-Shoalah and was sent off in the 45th when they drew 1-1 with Al Khaleej on Friday.
Racing Genk ended their winless run in this season’s Pro League with a 3-2 victory over KAA Genk on Friday night. Ghana pair Bennard Kumordzi and Nana Akwasi Asare played full throttle for Genk and Gent respectively.
Dutch-born defender Mitch Apau was booked in the 80th minute and completed the game for Westerlo who held Standard Liege to a 2-2 draw against Westerlo.
Defender David Addy started the match for Waasland-Beveren and played full time when they loss 1-0 at Anderlecht. Winger Frank Acheampong was introduced on the 68th minute by Anderlecht.
Jerry Vandam and Abdul Yakinu-Iddi conspicuously missed out of the KV Mechelen team that beat Club Brugge 3-1 on Sunday night.
Cercle Brugge recorded their first win of the campaign at the expense of Lokeren by beating them 1-0. Belgian-born full-back Denis Odoi was in full-time action while Eugene Ansah was not in the Lokeren.
Banik Ostrava made it two wins out of two after beating Brno 1-0. Former Tema Youth and Ghana U20 midfielder Derick Mensah played the full 90 minutes for Banik. But striker Francis Narh missed the game with suspension.
In other games, Dutch-born Ghanaian striker Kevin Luckassen scored an 88th minute equaliser for Slovan Liberec who drew 2-2 with Teplice. Former Liberty Professionals midfielder Isaac Sackey was in full time action for the Liberec.
Former Asante Kotoko defender Gideon Baah was booked on the 40th minute and played the entire duration for HJK who beat SJK 2-0.
Kevin-Prince Boateng was in action for Schalke 04 but could not help them avert a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hannover 96.
Young defender Baba Rahman Abdul tasted defeat on his Bundesliga debut for Augsburg in a 2-0 loss against TSG Hoffenheim.
Karim Bellarabi headlined the Bundesliga over the weekend after scoring the fastest goal in the league’s history, netting after just nine seconds of Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.
In the Bundesliga II, Philemon Ofosu-Aryeh committed a penalty while for Aalen who lost 2-0 against Darmstadt.
In the Liga 3, Evans Owusu Nyarko and Joseph-Claude Gyau both started for Borussia Dortmund II who drew 0-0 with Sonnenhof Großaspach.
In other games, Arminia Bielefeld nailed Fortuna Koln 2-0. Midfielder Kwame Kusi played for Koln.
Kumasi-born Canadian international Randy Bonsu played 72 minutes for Stuttgarter Kickers who beat Hallescher 2-1.
Reagy Ofosu played 84 minutes for Chemnitzer FC who drew 0-0 with MSV Duisburg.
Black Stars attacker David Accam scored twice for Helsingborg IF who posted a 2-1 win over Mjallby. Ghanaian midfielder Ema Boateng was subbed in the 73rd minute by Helsingborg while former Heart of Lions midfielder Kwame Bonsu played 75 minutes for Mjallby.
Godsway Donyoh was not in the Falkenbergs team that recorded a 2-1 home loss against Goteborg.
AIK Solna posted a slim 1-0 win over BK Hacken. Ghanaian pair of Ebenezer Ofori and Moro Ibrahim lasted the entire duration of the match for AIK but Kwame Karikari was unused by AIK. Nasiru Mohammed played 74 minutes for Hacken while Bechem United loanee Augustine Okrah came off the bench to play the last four minutes of regulation time for Hacken.
King Osei-Gyan and Joseph Baffo completed the game for Halmstad BK in their 1-1 home stalemate with Elfsborg on Sunday night.
Former Heart of Lions attacker Benjamin Fadi scored a 15th minute opener for Varnamo who beat Assyriska 2-1.
In the Superettan, midfielder Reuben Aryana played for GAIS who won 2-0 at Varbergs.
Isaac Telly Shaze scored the fourth goal for Umea FC who beat Skelleftea 4-3 in the Division One.
Ghana defender Isaac Vorsah was not in the Red Salzburg team that hammered Altach.
Doxa recorded a 2-0 defeat against Ernis on their opening game of the Cypriot top-flight season. Livingston Adjin started and completed the game for Doxa but compatriot Albert Ahulu sat on the Doxa bench. In the Ernis team was Ghanaian midfielder Mustapha Quanyor.
Striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom was in action for Atalanta who beat Pisa 2-0 in the Copa Italia on Saturday.
Palermo slipped to a 3-0 loss against Serie B side Modena. Midfielder Amidu Salifu came off the bench to play the last 31 minutes of the game for Modena while Swedish-born Robin Quaison lasted only the first 45 minutes for Modena. Young midfielder Emmanuel-Prince Besea could not make the Modena squad for the game.
Neither Masahudu Alhassan nor Isaac Cofie was in the Genoa team that beat Virtus Lanciano 2-0.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu was serving suspension and missed Udinese’s 5-1 thrashing of Ternana on Sunday evening.
Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari both started for AC Milan in their 1-0 triumph over Juventus in the Trofeo TIM Cup while Kwadwo Asamoah was bench.
In Milan’s 2-0 win over Sassuolo, Essien maintained his place and played full throttle while Raman Chibsah also started the game for Sassuolo.
Kwadwo Asamoah played Juventus’ 1-0 win over Sassuolo.
Stabaek stunned Stromsgodset after beating 3-2 at their Drammen home grounds. Nana Boateng and Adam Kwarasey started the game for Stroms while Mohammed Abu watched from the stands due to suspension. Boateng was replaced in the 39th minute.
Former Hearts of Oak striker Mahatma Otoo played 74 minutes for Sogndal who slipped to a 1-0 home loss against Lillestrom.
Winger Ernest Asante was in full-time action for IK Start who recorded a 4-1 away loss at Odd Grenland.
2007 Ghana U17 captain Paul Addo was in the FK Bryne side that lost 2-1 against Ranheim in the second-tier league on Sunday.
Former Manchester City triallist Enock Kwakwa was an unused substitute by ULL/Kisa who lost 3-1 against Mjondalen.
Eric Warden played 58 minutes for Levidiakos who drew 1-1 with giants Panathinaikos.
Elsewhere Abdul Aziz Tetteh sat on the bench for ten-man Platanias who suffered a 1-0 loss at Atromitos on Sunday.
Rabiu Mohammed was in full time action for Kuban Krasnodar who beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1.
Neither Ishmael Yartey nor Ebenezer Assifuah was in the FC Sion team that beat La Chaux-De-Fonds in the Swiss Cup.
In other games Samuel Afum played for Young Boys Bern in their slender 1-0 win over Bavois.
In the MLS, Dominic Oduro helped FC Toronto to a 2-2 draw with Chicago Fire.
Lloyd Sam was in action for New York Red Bulls who posted a 4-2 win over Montreal Impact.
Khalif Alhassan was not in the Portland Timbers side that lost 4-2 against Seattle Sounders.
Gershon Kwoffie was not in the Vancouver Whitecaps squad when they suffered a 2-0 shipwreck at LA Galaxy.