European football expert, Reuben Obodai brings you a comprehensive update on how Ghanaian players performed in abroad this weekend.
It was a mixed weekend for Ghanaian players as some finished the season with flourish while others ended in agony.
It was a day to savour for Emmanuel Boateng who hit his first hat-trick in the Spanish top flight league against no minnow side like Barcelona – as Levante put breaks on Los Cules 43-match unbeaten streak.
The former Ghana youth forward became the first player in 13 years to net a hat-trick in a La Liga match against FC Barcelona, since Diego Forlan for Villarreal on 22 May, 2005 – what a feat that was.
There was joy in Turkey as John Boye, who spent large parts of the campaign on the treatment table, grabbing a goal for Sivasspor. However, in that same league, Kamal Issah and Elvis Manu suffered relegation with Genclerbirligi.
What a blistering start to a campaign in China…Frank Acheampong again won three points for Tianjin Teda with his solitary goal.
Kassim Nuhu finally laid his hands on the Swiss League trophy after Young Boys finished the campaign on a high following a 3-0 win over Lugano.
Finally, Bernard Mensah – who has been one of Ghana’s consistent performers during the nine-month period, ended the season with an injury in Kasimpasa win over Genclerbirligi. Me and my team will bring you more updates on that in the coming week.
Reuben Obodai gives you a lowdown on how the players fared in abroad…
Jeffrey Schlupp was an unused substitute for Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win over relegated West Bromwich Albion at the Selhurst Park.
Christian Atsu missed Newcastle United 3-0 victory over Chelsea through injury.
Daniel Amartey missed Leicester City 5-4 loss at Tottenham Hotspurs through injury.
Collins Quaner missed Huddersfield 1-0 home loss to Arsenal through injury.
Andre Ayew provided an assist for Swansea City in their 2-1 defeat to Stoke City. Jordan Ayew also played full period – a result which means the Swans seven-year stay in the Premier League has come to an end.
In the Championship, Albert Adomah lasted 71 minutes for Aston Villa in their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in the Championship semifinal first leg at the Riverside Stadium.
Tarique Fosu returned from injury to play 63 minutes for Charlton Athletic in their 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury in the League One semifinal first leg.
Mubarak Wakaso lasted 54 minutes for Deportivo Alaves in their 3-1 win over already Athletic Bilbao.
Thomas Partey picked a booking but played full throttle for Atletico Madrid in their 1-0 win at Getafe.
SulleyMuntari missed Deportivo La Coruna 3-1 loss at home to Villarreal through muscle injury.
Emmanuel Boateng scored his debut hat-trick in Laliga as UD Levante defeated Barcelona 5-4 to end their unbeaten record.
Kwadwo Asamoah warmed the bench for Juventus in their goalless draw against AS Roma – The Old Ladies will be handed for their seventh league title next week.
Alfred Duncan was one of the maim architects for Sassuolo as they shattered Inter Milan European dream at the San Siro Stadium after winning 2-1. Claude Adjepong played full minutes for the victors.
Isaac Cofie captained Genoa for the first time this season but they were humbled 1-0 by Benevento Calcio. Bright Gyamfi lasted 67 minutes for Benevento, who have been relegated from the Serie A, just a season after winning promotion.
Godfred Donsah returned from long injury layoff to make a cameo appearance for Bologna in their 2-1 loss against Chievo Verona.
Afriyie Acquah made a cameo appearance for Torino in their 2-1 win over Spal.
In the Serie B, Bright Addae lasted full throttle for Ascoli in their vital 1-0 win at Pescara.
Isaac Donkor picked a booking but played 90 minutes for AC Cesena in their goalless draw at Palermo.
Yusif Rahman Chibsah enjoyed 90 minutes for Frosinone in their 1-0 win Entella to edge closer to winning automatic promotion to the top flight league. Emmanuel Besea was an unused substitute for the victors.
Moses Odjer made a cameo appearance for Salernitana in their 1-0 defeat at Foggia. Patrick Asmah warmed the bench for the losers.
Enock Kwarteng was left out of Nantes squad that recorded a 2-0 win at Angers to finish 10th on the French Ligue 1 table.
Goalkeeper Lawrence Ati-Zigi returned to the post for Sochaux Montbilliard in their 2-1 loss at Bourg Peronnas.
Grejohn Kyei was left out of already promoted Ligue 1 side Stade Reims in their 2-2 draw with Olympique Nimes.
Ebenezer Assifuah made a cameo appearance for Le Havre in their 2-0 victory over Tours.
Kevin-Prince Boateng lasted full throttle for Eintracht Frankfurt as they were pipped 1-0 by Schalke 04. Baba Rahman made a cameo appearance for the victors but Bernard Tekpetey was left out of their squad.
Gideon Jung lasted 90 minutes for SV Hamburg in their 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. Despite the win, Hamburg were relegated from the top flight league for the first time in their history.
Defender Joseph Baffo ends the season on the sideline after failing to recover from his injury as Eintracht Brauschweig suffered a 6-2 defeat at Holstein Kiel. Steffen Nkansah warmed the bench for the losers. The loss relegated Braunschwieg to Liga 3.
Christopher Antwi-Adjei scored again for Paderbon in their 4-2 win at Fortuna Koln. Kwame Yeboah missed the game through injury while Michael Akoto was left out of the team.
Marcel Appiah was introduced at half time for VfL Osnabruck in their 4-1 loss at Unterhaching.
Agyemang Diawusie played 79 minutes for SV Wehen in their 2-0 win over Aalen.
Wriedt Kwesi Okyere netted his 21st league goal for Bayern Munich II in their 3-1 win over Seligenporten.
David Atanga registered a goal for St. Polten in their 3-1 win against AC Altach.
Samuel Tetteh lasted 75 minutes for LASK Linz in their 3-1 loss at Sturm Graz.
Samuel Oppong lasted full period for BW Linz in their 2-2 draw with Hartberg.
Kingsley Boateng warmed the bench for Reid in their 3-1 loss at already promoted Wacker Innsbruck.
Felix Adjei missed Neustadt 2-1 win over Kapfenburg through injury.
Gideon Mensah was left out FC Liefering squad after failing to recover from an injury as they suffered 3-2 defeat to FAC Vienna.
Joseph Aidoo played full throttle for KRC Genk in their 4-1 win over Sporting Charleroi.
Bernard Kumordzi missed Kortrijk 1-1 draw with Mouscron through injury.
Kamal Sowah missed OH Leuven 2-1 loss against Zulte Waregem through a minor knock.
Nana Akwesi Asare lasted full period for KAA Gent in their 1-0 win over Anderlecht in the Jupilar Championship playoffs. Francis Amuzu replaced Kenny Saief in the 15th minute for the Purple and White lads. Dennis Appiah and Dauda Mohammed missed the game for Anderlecht through injuries but Emmanuel Adjei Sowah, who returned from a long injury layoff during the week played with the reserve side.
Collins Tanor missed Beerschot Wilrijk 4-2 loss against Sporting Lokeren through injury.
Elton Acolatse made a cameo appearance for Sint Truiden in their 2-1 win at Royal Antwerp. Samuel Asamoah warmed the bench for the victors.
Eric Ocansey returned from suspension to play 90 minutes for KAS Eupen in their 4-0 defeat at home to Oostende. Abdul Manaf Nurudeen missed the game for the losers due to his involvement with Ghana’s U-20 team in their Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Algeria.
Ishmael Baidoo played 45 minutes for Septemvri Sofia in their 2-1 loss against Cherno More.
Edwin Gyasi lasted 56 minutes for CSKA Sofia in their 2-0 win at Vereya.
Ohene Carlos picked red card for Beroe in their 2-1 loss at Botev Plovdiv.
Richmond Boakye-Yiadom was substituted in the 92nd minute for Jiangsu Suningin their 1-0 win over Darlian Yifang FC.
Frank Acheampong scored his eight league goal for Tianjin Teda in their 1-0 win over Changchun Yatai.
Maxwell Boadu Acosty was not added to Rijeka squad that played goalless draw with Cibalia.
Ahmed Said returned from injury but warmed the bench for Hadjuk Split in their 1-1 draw with Osijek.
Obeng Regan was introduced in the 41st minute for Inter Zapresic in their 2-1 defeat against Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Benjamin Asamoah played full 90 minutes for Doxa in their 3-0 loss against Paphos. Francis Narh came on at half time for the losers.
Benjamin Tetteh was not included in Bohemians 1905 squad that lost 3-1 at home to Mlada Boleslav.
Moro Ibrahim returned from suspension to play 85 minutes for Silkeborg 2-2 draw with Lyngby.
Ernest Asante played full throttle for FC Nordjaelland in their 2-1 win over AC Horsen. Godsway Donyoh was taken off at half time.
Kelvin Mensah was left out of Aalborg squad that beat FC Copenhagen 1-0.
Anthony Annan picked a booking but played full throttle for HJK Helsinki in their 1-0 loss against Inter Turku. Evans Mensah was an unused substitute for HJK.
Joseph Paintsil played 90 minutes for Ferencvarosi in their 1-1 draw against Vasas.
Eli Keke lasted 90 minutes of action for Olafsvik in their 1-1 draw at Kopavogur.
Patrick Twumasi jumped to the top of the scorers chat after scoring his 6th goal of the season for Astana FC in their 2-0 win at Atyrau.
Gideon Baah is still waiting to make his debut for Kairat Almaty as they suffered 1-0 at Tobol.
Kamal Abdul Basit, Arago Jamal and Abdul Bashiru all featured for FK Prishtina in their 1-0 win at Liria.
Rashid Obuobi enjoyed 90 minutes for Ventspils in their 2-2 draw at Metta/LU.
Michael Ofosu Appiah failed to make the squad list for RFS in their 5-3 win at FK Leipaja.
Leroy Owusu played fantastically for Almere City in their 2-1 win over Roda JC in the relegation semifinals first leg playoff.
Adam Kwarasey manned the post for Valeranga in their 1-0 win at Sandefjord.
Isaac Twum returned from injury to play 67 minutes for IK Start in their 1-0 loss to SK Brann. Gilbert Koomson was at his magnificent best in midfield for Brann.
Raymond Gyasi missed Stabaek 1-0 loss at Rosenborg through injury.
Dennis Antwi Agyare scored for Asane in their 3-2 home defeat to Aalesund FK.
Goalkeeper Nana Bonsu missed Enugu Rangers goalless draw with Akwa United through injury.
Eric Asamoah Frimpong rescued a point for Niger Tornadoes in their 1-1 draw with Kwara United. Rabiu Mohammed played full throttle for Kwara United.
Emmanuel Hackman missed Portimonense 3-1 defeat against Pacos Ferreira.
Lumor Agbenyenu warmed the bench for Sporting Lisbon in their 2-1 defeat Maritimo.
Quincy OwusuAbeyie is still waiting to make his debut for Boavista as he again missed their 1-0 win over Belenenses.
Alhassan Wakaso enjoyed full action for Vitoria Guimaraes in their 1-0 defeat to champions FC Porto. Majeed Waris was left out of the victors squad.
Muniru Sulley was an unused substitute for Tondela in their 1-0 loss at Vitoria Setubal.
In the Segunda Liga, Moses Yaw played 90 minutes for Arouca in their 3-1 loss at Oliveriense. Ernest Ohemeng and Osei Barnes were left out of the losers squad.
Joseph Amoah played 58 minute for Guimaraes B in their goalless draw with champions CD Nacional.
Kwame Nsor played 90 minutes for Academica Viseu in their 2-1 victory over Santa Clara. Despite the win, Viseu could not pick the second promotion ticket as they finished 3rd, two points behind Santa Clara.
Abdul Aziz Tettteh enjoyed 73 minutes as Dynamo Moscow defeated Spartak Moscow 1-0 to finish 8th on the standings.
Raphael Dwamena registered his name on the score sheet for FC Zurich as they batter FC Basel 4-1 at home.
Kassim Nuhu lasted full period for champions Young Boys in their 3-1 win over Lugano.
Richard Ofori returned to the sticks for Maritzburg United in their 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows.
Nana Akosah-Bempah made a cameo appearance for Cape Town City FC in their 1-0 loss at Amazulu. Samuel Darpoh was not added to the victors squad.
Razak Brimah warmed the bench for champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their goalless draw at Bloemfontain Celtic.
Anas Mohammed made a cameo appearance for Free State Stars in their 2-1 defeat at Orlando Pirates. Bernard Morrison was left out of the Buccaneers squad.
Edwin Gyimah was not added to Bidvest Wits squad that lost 1-0 at Platinum Stars.
Richard Kissi Boateng was an unused substitute for SuperSport United in their 1-0 win over Baroka.
Gershon Koffie warmed the bench for Hammarby in their 2-1 win over Orebro.
Thomas Boakye played full throttle for Halmstad in their 1-0 win over GAIS.
Enock Kwakwa missed Falkenbergs 4-3 victory over Brage FC through suspension.
Danny Amankwaa and Prince Buaben were not involved in Hearts of Midlothian as they lost 1-0 at Kilmarnock.
Samuel Owusu lasted 58 minutes for FK Cukaricki in their 3-2 defeat at Napredak.
Abraham Frimpong enjoyed full action for champions Red Star Belgrade in their 2-1 win at Vojvodina.
Reagy Ofosu lasted 91 minutes for Spartak Trnava as they were mulled 6-0 at MSK Zilina.
Sadam Sulley made a cameo appearance for Michalovce in their 1-0 win over Podbrezova.
Issah Abass played 47 minutes for NK Olimpija Ljubjana in their goalless draw with Ankaran Hrvatini. Mitch Apau also lasted full 63 minutes for Ljubjana.
Derrick Mensah and Arafat Ibrahim Mensah were left out of NK Aluminij squad that lost 2-1 at home to Domzale.
John Boye scored his first goal of the season for Sivasspor in their 2-2 draw with Alanyaspor. Isaac Sackey lasted 63 minutes for Alanyaspor.
Joseph Attamah made a cameo appearance for Istanbul Basaksehir in their 2-0 win over Antalyaspor.
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Bursaspor 3-1 home defeat to Trabzonspor after suffering a knee injury in their last week’s 2-1 loss at Fenerbahce.
Bernard Mensah suffered injury in Kasimpasa 3-1 win over Genclerbirligi. Elvis Manu climbed off the bench to score a consolation for the losers – Kamal Issah also lasted 45 minutes. The defeat relegated Genclerbirligi to the second-tier league.
Latif Blessing lasted 68 minutefor Los Angeles FC in their 1-1 draw with Dallas Burns.
Dominic Oduro made a cameo appearance for Montreal Impact in their 2-0 home defeat to Philadelphia Union. David Accam lasted 75 minutes for the victors but Charles Sapong missed the game through a minor knock.
Abu Danladi missed Minnesota United 3-1 home loss to San Jose Earthquakes through an ankle injury.
Bismark Adjei Boateng picked a booking before being taken off in the 72nd minute for Colorado Rapids’ 2-1 home loss to New York Red Bulls.
Kofi Opare warmed the bench for DC United in their 3-2 loss at Real Salt Lake. Chris Odoi Atsem was left out of the losers squad.
Ema Boateng scored his first league goal for LA Galaxy in their 3-2 defeat at FC Dallas.
Jonathan Mensah and Harrison Afful played 90 minutes for Columbus Crew in their 3-0 win over Chicago Fire. Johan Kappelhof lasted full minutes for the losers but Lalas Abubakar and Mohammed Abu were left out of the Crew squad.