English in action: 6th December

Belgium: Dessel Sport 1-1 OH Leuven (Second Division)

John Bostock.

John Bostock‘s first goal in four games ensured OH Leuven secured a point as they drew 1-1 with Dessel Sport.

The hosts were in the bottom two before the match and took the lead in the seventh minute. The equaliser came half an hour later, when Bostock fired home his sixth of the season. The six goals scored by the English midfielder this season by far ranks as his best for the number of goals in a single season, with his previous best being just two.

The visitors had a man sent off in the second half but managed to hold on for the draw.

Cyprus: AEL 1-1 Nea Salamis (1. Division)
English goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade started in goal for Nea Salamis in Cyprus’ top division, as his side travelled to AEL for a match which saw just three domestically-born players start.

In a match with a high proportion of foreigners, it was two Africans who got themselves on the score-sheet.

First, Brooks-Meade’s side took the lead through Nigerian forward Eze Vincent Okeuhie but in the second half, AEL hit back through Mauritanian midfielder Diallo Guidilèye.

The former Fulham goalkeeper picked up a booking in the match, as his side remain 8th in the league.

Germany: Chemnitzer 0-2 Hallescher (3. Liga)
5,603 people watched on as Chemnitzer took on Hallescher in Germany’s third tier.

English forward Osayaman Osawe was on the bench for the visitors and his side had victory wrapped up when he was introduced to match in the 91st minute.

Two first half goals from Hallescher meant Osawe’s 13th substitute appearance of the season ended in a 2-0 win.

Germany: Alemannia Aachen 3-0 Wattenscheid (Regionalliga)
English defender Kris Thackray played the whole match as his side Alemannia Aachen cruised to a 3-0 home win over Wattenscheid in Germany’s fourth tier.

Thackray helped his side keep a clean sheet as they win took them top of the Regionalliga West.

Germany: Kray 0-0 Rödinghausen (Regionalliga)
Also in the Regionalliga West, English forward Francis Williams played the full ninety for Rödinghausen as they drew 0-0 away to Kray.

The result leaves the two sides 13th and 12th respectively.

Greece: Veria 2-0 Platanias (Super League)
Having come on as a substitute on Wednesday evening, English forward Walter Figueira was given his first league start of the season as his Platanias side headed to Veria.

It turned out to be a match to forget for the former Chelsea player as he was replaced after 50 minutes with his side already one goal down.

Veria went on to score once more as they ran out 2-0 winners and moved up to 4th in the table. Platanias slip to 13th, in a league which contains 18 teams.

India: Pune City 0-1 Delhi Dynamos (Indian Super League)
Pune City suffered a late defeat against Delhi Dynamos, as the visitors scored an 88th minute winner to take all three points in the Indian Super League.

English winger Jermaine Pennant continues to have a less than exciting time in India, as he played the whole match for Pune City.

Pune have won just one match that the former Stoke winger has featured in.

Italy: Pro Patria 1-1 Renate (Lega Pro)
English defender Myles Anderson was the only non-Italian player to start as his side Pro Patria hosted Renate in the country’s third tier.

Anderson’s side took the lead in the first half but had to settle for a draw after Renate equalised in the second half.

The draw means Pro Patria remain in the league’s bottom three.

Malta: Valletta 4-1 Floriana (Premier League)

Lateef Elford-Alliyu in action earlier in the season.

English forward Lateef Elford-Alliyu was the hero as his grabbed a hat-trick to help Valletta to a 4-1 win over Floriana.

The former West Brom man scored after just two minutes to give his side an early lead and followed that up with two more strikes, wrapping up his hat-trick was a penalty in the 60th minute.

The hat-trick means Elford-Alliyu has five goals in his last matches, and eight overall in the league this season.

Portugal: Benfica 3-0 Belenenses (Primeira Liga)
English goalkeeper Matt Jones faced the unenviable task of starting between the sticks for Belenenses as they took on top-of-the-league Benfica in front of 46,000 spectators.

Jones was one of only two non-domestic players to start for the away side, whereas Benfica lined-up with just one Portuguese player.

Jones and his Belenenses team-mates remained solid for over a hour, before three goals in final half an hour from Benfica consigned the visitors to just their third loss of the season.

On the bench
Ashley Cole was an unused sub as his Roma side drew 2-2 at home to Sassuolo.

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English in action: 3rd December

Belgium: Zulte Waregem 2-1 (AET) Lierse (Belgian Cup)

Aneke celebrating his goal.


Both Zulte-Waregem and Lierse are in the bottom three of Belgium’s Pro League so the last 16 of the national cup offered a welcome distraction for both sides.

Starting for the hosts was former Arsenal attacking-midfielder Chuks Aneke, and he gave his side the perfect start with a goal in the fourth minute. It was the Englishman’s third goal of the season.

The 21-year-old was later substituted in the 86th minute as the game headed into extra time. Waregem managed to secure passage into the next round of the cup with a goal in the second half of extra time.

Greece: Panthrakikos 1-0 Platanias (Super League)
To Greece, where two Englishmen faced each other in the country’s top tier.

Both Panathrakikos’ Hakeem Araba and Platanias’ Walter Figueira started on the bench for their respective sides.

The hosts took the lead in the 17th minute and the scoreline was unchanged when the English duo entered the action. First, Araba made his way onto the pitch in the 79th minute and then four minutes later, former Chelsea forward Figueira joined him.

Neither of the pair managed to stamp their mark on the match as it ended 1-0.

India: Pune City 2-0 Mumbai City (Indian Super League)

Jermaine Pennant in action in this year’s Indian Super League.

Jermaine Pennant was once again in his side’s starting line-up as Pune City hosted Mumbai City in the Indian Super League.

A second half brace from Nigerian forward Dudu was enough to secure victory for Pennant’s Pune, as the English winger was substituted in the 70th minute. The former Stoke City man has now only completed 90 minutes in one of his five starts.

Portugal: Chaves 3-0 Beira-Mar (Segunda Liga)

After four substitute appearances, English defender Peter Gregory made his first start for Portuguese side Beira-Mer as they travelled to Chaves for a Segunda Liga clash.

The 22-year-old, who featured for Portsmouth in the Championship four years ago, played 76 minutes before being replaced, with his side already two goals down.

With Gregory off the pitch, his side conceded another goal as they lost 3-0.