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Africans in England’s second division suffered contrasting fortunes on Saturday, with the Senegal international shining like a million stars.
Ismaila Sarr was right twice when Watford decimated Bristol City 6-0 in Saturday’s English Championship match.
Having played a 0-0 draw against Coventry City in their last outing, the Hornets scored the visitors by six with the Senegal international beating goalkeeper Daniel Bentley twice and also providing two assists.
Xisco Muñoz’s men got off to a great start at Vicarage Road with Taylor Moore turning the ball into his own net.
In the 15th minute, Sarr doubled the lead before Will Hughes scored the third goal in the 30th minute, while Ken Sema scored four for the hosts in a goal-laden first half.
The Hornets continued their dominant display in the second half with Sarr completing his double in the 55th minute, while reserve Philip Zinckernagel concluded the game in the 90th minute.
Alongside Nigerian international William Troost-Ekong, Sarr was in action from start to finish, while Achraf Lazaar of Morocco was introduced by Kiko in the 77th minute.
At Madejski Stadium, Guinea Bissau’s Alfa Semedo scored Reading’s only goal when they stuttered in a 2-1 loss at home to Millwall.
Semedo, on loan from Benfica, had given the hosts an advantage in the 17th minute after beating goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
However, the visitors came out stronger in the second half to secure all the points at stake thanks to goals from Matt Smith and Mason Bennett.
Semedo saw 90 minutes of action alongside Nigerian-born English midfielder Ovie Ejaria and Zimbabwean prospect Andy Rinomhota. While Cote d’Ivoire’s Yakou Meite, Ghana’s Andy Yiadom and Sone Aluko played no role in the tie.
Despite the setback, Reading is fifth on the record after accumulating 48 points from 29 outings.
On the other hand, John Obi Mikel was booked when Stoke City fell 4-1 to Norwich City.
The former Chelsea star entered the bad books of referee Jeremy Simpson in the 43rd minute after a poor tackle and his team continued to lose to the hosts who were supported by a brace from Teemu Pukki plus goals from Todd Cantwell and the Argentine midfielder. Emiliano Buendia.
Mikel was retired in the 62nd minute by James McClean, while Cameroonian goalkeeper Blondy Nna Noukeu was not included on manager Michael O’Neill’s action list.
In another championship match, former Belgian youth international Isaac Mbenza of Congolese origin scored his fourth goal of the season for Huddersfield Town, but his team lost 3-2 to Wycombe Wanderers.
Juninho Bacuna had given the Terriers an early lead before Mbenza doubled the lead four minutes before the break.
However, they ended up on the losing end as the visitors were propelled by blows from Anis Mehmeti, Joe Jacobson and Josh Knight.
Democratic Republic of the Congo international Neeskens Kebano scored his first goal for Middlesbrough in a 2-1 loss at Derby County.
The midfielder joined Boro on loan from Fulham and after a below-average performance in his first game for Brentford, he showed his quality at Pride Park Stadium.
Wayne Rooney’s men took the lead through Lee Gregory in the 15th minute before gaining a two-goal lead in the 32nd minute when Colin Kazim-Richards passed goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Seven minutes before the halftime break, Kebano pushed Neil Warnock back, but that couldn’t stop them from collapsing against the Rams.
With the defeat of Boro, they fell to eighth after scoring 40 points in 29 starts so far in the 2020-21 campaign.