Mahrez, Mane score key Premier League goals

PARIS; Algerian Riyad Mahrez and Senegalese Sadio Mane snatched crucial English Premier League goals at the weekend.

Mahrez raised his league goal tally for the season to 16 by sweeping home a cross to give leaders Leicester a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Substitute Mane bagged a brace, including the late winner, as Southampton came from two goals behind to triumph 3-2 against Liverpool.

ENGLAND SADIO MANE (Southampton) Sent off on his previous appearance against Stoke City, only to have his red card rescinded, Mane scored twice — and squandered a penalty — as Southampton beat Liverpool 3-2 at St Mary’s. A half-time replacement for Dusan Tadic, the Senegal international saw a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet following a foul on Graziano Pelle by Martin Skrtel. But he reduced the arrears from Pelle’s pass in the 64th minute and after Pelle had equalised with seven minutes remaining, Mane drilled home an 86th-minute winner.

RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City) The Algerian winger scored the only goal of the game as Leicester ground out a narrow 1-0 win at Crystal Palace to preserve their five-point lead at the summit. Having earlier been denied by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in a one-on-one, Mahrez ghosted into the box to sweep home a low Jamie Vardy cross in the 34th minute.

ALEX IWOBI (Arsenal) Teenager Iwobi crowned his first Premier League start with the second goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at Everton. The 19-year-old Nigeria international, who has started three of Arsenal’s last four games, struck in the 42nd minute, racing onto Hector Bellerin’s ball over the top and coolly tucking the ball past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles.

YAYA TOURE (Manchester City) Ivorian midfielder Toure fought in vain as City sank to a 1-0 home defeat against Manchester United that effectively ended their title challenge. The former Barcelona player twice went close to equalising in the first half, curling wide from outside the box and stabbing wide at a corner, and teed up Sergio Aguero in the second half for a header that came back off the post.

SPAIN CEDRIC BAKAMBU (Villarreal) Democratic Republic of Congo striker Bakambu struck his 17th goal of the season with a calm finish from close range as Villarreal came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with European champions Barcelona.

YOUSSEF EL ARABI, ISAAC SUCCESS (Granada) El Arabi and Success had contrasting evenings as Granada were held 2-2 by Rayo Vallecano in a crucial relegation clash. Moroccan El Arabi scored twice to take his season tally to 11. His second came from the penalty spot after Success had been fouled. However, the Nigerian was later sent off for two bookable offences.

FRANCE GIOVANNI SIO (Rennes) The Ivorian striker capped a stunning 5-2 win for Rennes at Marseille with his first goal since the winter break. Sio rounded off a miserable night for OM by stroking home in the 77th minute, keeping alive his side’s Champions League hopes.

CHEIKH N’DOYE (Angers) It has been an excellent first season in the French top flight for the Senegalese midfielder, who grabbed his eighth Ligue 1 goal in a thumping 5-1 victory for Angers over Lorient. The 29-year-old Angers skipper has had an eventful campaign, with two red cards to go with his goals, as he looks set to lead his team to a top-10 finish.

GERMANY PAPY DJILOBODJI (Werder Bremen) The German FA (DFB) are investigating the Senegal defender for making a throat-cutting gesture at an opponent during a Bundesliga match. After clashing with Pablo de Balsis in a 1-1 draw with Mainz, Djilobodji pulled his index finger across his throat in the direction of the winger. A similar gesture in 2009 resulted in a three-week ban for St Pauli’s Deniz Naki.

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund) Gabon’s ‘Auba’ was left out of the Dortmund squad for the 3-1 win at Augsburg following the death of his grandfather. In his absence, stand-in Adrian Ramos scored a goal and set up another in Dortmund’s comeback win.

SALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin) The Ivory Coast striker claimed his 13th league goal of the season in Hertha’s 2-1 victory over Ingolstadt, which keeps them on course for a Champions League place. Japan winger Genki Haraguchi crossed for Kalou to fire home the winner.