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GHANAsoccernet.com’s Akyereko Frimpong-Manson has a lowdown on how other Ghanaian players fared this weekend abroad.

FRANCE

Bernard Yao Kumordzi was in fine shape and played 90 minutes for FC Dijon which held former champions Bordeaux to a 1-1 draw.

Rabiu Mohammed continued his rehab and was out of the Evian Thonon team that overcame Lorient 1-0 at the Stade Yves Allainmat.

Defender Jonathan Mensah failed to make the first team grades.

Right-back Jerry Vandam was suspended for Caen who drew 0-0 with Ajaccio.

Stade Rennes and Olympique Lyon played out a pulsating 1-1 draw at the Route de la Lorient.

John Boye came on minutes to full time and young midfielder Kamal Issah was an unused substitute for Rennes.

In the Ligue 2, winger Haminu Dramani was left out of the Arles Avivgnon side who drew 1-1 at Guingamp.

Ghana youth forward Kwame Nsor was an unused substitutefor Metz who piped Boulogne 1-0 at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.

AS Monaco moved further away from the relegation zone after beating Le Mans 1-0 at their own backyard.

Defender Dennis Appiah was left out of the Monaco first team while Moussa Narry warmed the Le Mans bench.

HOLLAND

Real Sociedad loanee Jeffery Sarpong was introduced in the 76th for NAC Breda who slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Feyenoord.

Young winger Elvis Manu lost his place in the Feyenoord 18-man squad for the game.

NEC booked a 2-0 win over bottom-placed De Graafschap. Youngster Edwin Gyasi was out of the De Graafschap team.

Kwame Quansah was in full time action for Heracles Almelo which recorded their heaviest defeat of the season by going down 6-0 at Ajax.

Midfielder Anthony Annan lasted the entire duration for Vitesse Arnhem who drew 2-2 with AZ Alkmaar.

Belgian-born Ghanaian Stanley Aborah Junior was left out of the Vitesse team.

In the second-tier league, former Ghana U17 striker Kelvin Bossman was an unused sub for Helmond Sport which edged closer to a promotion place by beating Emmem 1-0.

Veendam slipped to a 1-0 reverse at Fortuna Sittard. Dutch-born Ghanaian pair Jonathan Opoku and Mitch Apau played full time for Veendam.

Apau was booked on the 49th minute.

ENGLAND

Chelsea played with a renewed confidence as they humbled Aston Villa 4-2 at the Villa Park.

Midfielder Michael Essien sat on the Chelsea bench as goals from Daniel Sturridge, Ivanovic and Fernando Torres helped them to victory.

In the Npower Championship, Dutch-born Ghanaian youngster Akwasi Asante could not win a place in the Birmingham City first team as they beat Doncaster Rovers 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Albert Adomah set up the equaliser for Bristol City who drew 1-1 at the Ashton Gate Stadium with Derby County.

Prince Abankwah Buaben was an unused substitute for Watford which defeated Leeds United 2-0.

There was no John Pantsil in the Leicester City team who lost 1-0 at Peterborough but youngster Jeffrey Schulpp warmed the bench for the foxes.

In the League One, former Liverpool youngster David Amoo helped Bury to beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0.

QPR loanee Patrick Agyemang was brought on after 43 minutes for Stevenage who recorded their fifth straight draw in a 1-1 scoreline.

GERMANY

Bayer Leverkusen recorded their fifth straight defeat after going down 2-0 on home soil to Freiburg.

Ghana-target Karim Bellarabi was introduced in the 73rd minute.

Centre-back Isaac Vorsah was the heart of defence for TSG Hoffenheim in their 1-1 draw with Schalke 04.

ITALY

AC Milan dropped vital points after a 1-1 draw at Catania. Influential midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was introduced after 53 minute.

Sulley Muntari was serving suspension.

Youngster Amidu Salifu and Maxwell Boadu Acosty were left out of the Fiorentina first team who recorded a 2-1 home defeat against Chievo Verona.

Young midfielder Afriyie Acquah was a bench warmer for ten-man Palermo which humbled Bologna 3-1.

Sought-after midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah played the full 90 minutes for Udinese which lost 1-0 at Siena.

In the Serie B, Ghana youth striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom ended his goal drought by coming off the bench to score on the 70th minute to help Sassuolo draw 2-2 with Grosseto.

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