Sports News of Friday, 18 December 2015
Michael Essien was on from start to finish as Panathinaikos defeated Asteras Tripolis 2-0 in the Super League and made a stunning pass with the outside of his foot from 40 metres to help create a golden opportunity for his side.
Jordan Ayew fired blanks as Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal. He was on for all 90 minutes but could not help turn the tide in a game that was always under the control of the North Londoners.
His older brother, Andre, fared no better as he also struggled to make an impact in Swansea City’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City. He was replaced after 83 minutes by Bafetimbi Gomis, who went on to score.
John Boye scored the deciding goal for Sivasspor against Genclerbirligi to give his side all three points.
Kwadwo Poku also made a decisive contribution, coming off the bench to hit the winner for New York City FC over the Costa Rican national team.
Samuel Inkoom was sent off after two bookable offences in Boavista’s 1-1 home draw in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. All in all it was a disappointing day out for the 26-year-old defender.
Sulley Muntari was on for 68 minutes as Al-Ittihad defeated Hajer 5-0 in Saudi Arabia. By all accounts he put in a great performance and was withdrawn with the game already well in the bag.