Algerians in Europe: 24th-25th September

It was another busy weekend for Algeria’s footballers in Europe, with some having better performances than others. Let’s take a look at how the Desert Foxes got on.


Riyad Mahrez played just 45 minutes for Leicester City as they suffered a 4-1 loss at Old Trafford to Manchester United, with Sofiane Feghouli playing the same amount for his club West Ham. Islam Slimani on the other hand played the full game for his new club.


Walid Mesloub and Rachid Ghezzal both came off of the bench in Lorient’s 1-0 win over Lille. Mehdi Abeid will also be pleased with his shift, as he recorded an assist in Dijon’s 3-0 win. It wasn’t such a good day for Ryad Boudebouz though as he could not stop from Montpellier losing at home to Metz.


Carl Medjani’s Leganes blew their lead against Valencia and ended up suffering a loss although the centre-back will have been delighted to get some more experience in La Liga.


It was yet another loss for Nabil Bentaleb’s Schalke, who are still looking for their first victory of the Bundesliga campaign.


Saphir Taider played the full 90 minutes for Bologna as they gained a valuable point at the San Siro. It was also a successful weekend for Faouzi Ghoulam as he kept a clean sheet in Napoli’s 2-0 victory vs Chievo.


Nacional forward Okacha Hamzaoui scored a hat-trick for the Madeira side on his debut, including a brilliant bicycle-kick, against newly promoted Feirense in Liga NOS. Yacine Brahimi came on as a sub for Porto and was booked.


Sofiane Hanni scored for Anderlecht but it was not enough on the night as they lost at home to the shock of their supporters. There were more goals for Algerians in Northern Europe though, as Idriss Saadi scored a brace for Kortrijk and Ishak Belfodil found the back of the net for Standard Liege, as well as recording an assist.


Nabil Ghilas is off the mark for his new Super Lig side, as he got himself on the score-sheet away to Fenerbahce but the visitors still succumbed to a loss.


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