How Premier League stars have fared so far at AFCON

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2021 Africa Cup of Nations is well underway and over the past four days we have seen the first round of Group Stage fixtures take place.

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With six groups of four teams, there have been 12 games that have already provided plenty of entertainment and laid down a marker for what is yet to come for the remainder of the tournament.

Hosts Cameroon kicked things off on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso, while there were some big early clashes such as Morocco vs Ghana, Nigeria vs Egypt and Tunisia vs Mali to kick things off in Group’s C, D and F, respectively.

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And, of course, it represented the chance to see some of the Premier League ’s and Europe’s best players showcase their talents on Africa’s biggest stage, according to The Mirror report.

Arsenal:

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Thomas Partey started in Ghana’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco on Monday, before being substituted in additional time at the end of the game, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed out on Gabon’s 1-0 victory against Comoros on the same day after testing positive for Covid-19.

On Tuesday, Mohamed Elneny played the full 90 minutes of Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in their Group D opener and Nicolas Pepe started on the bench for Ivory Coast’s 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea in their Group E opener on Wednesday, but featured as a 71st minute substitute.

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Omar Rekik was an unused substitute in Tunisia’s Group F opener against Mali, as his country lost 1-0 on Wednesday.

Aston Villa:
Bertrand Traore captained Burkina Faso in their 2-1 defeat to Cameroon in the first game of the tournament on Sunday, providing the assist for the game’s opener and playing 86 minutes before being substituted.

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And on Tuesday, Trezeguet started for Egypt against Nigeria and managed 58 minutes before being substituted in their 1-0 defeat.

Brentford:

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Frank Onyeka’s Nigeria won their first Group D game against Egypt with a 1-0 victory, although the midfielder was an unused substitute in Cameroon on Tuesday.

Brighton:
Ulrick Eneme Ella came on as a 66th minute substitute to help Gabon win their first game in Group C, with a 1-0 victory against Comoros on Monday.

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Yves Bissouma had to settle for a place on the bench for Mali’s 1-0 victory over Tunisia on Wednesday in Group F, although he came on as a 59th minute substitute to play the remainder of the second half.

Burnley
Maxwel Cornet started for Ivory Coast in their Group E opener against Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday and played 71 minutes of their 1-0 victory.

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Chelsea
Edouard Mendy missed out on Senegal’s Group B opener against Zimbabwe on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19, although it is hoped he will feature later on in the tournament.

Crystal Palace
On Monday, Cheikhou Kouyate played the full 90 minutes for Senegal in their 1-0 win against Zimbabwe, while Jordan Ayew managed 86 minutes for Ghana during their 1-0 defeat to Morocco, with both games coming in Group B.

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Elsewhere, Wilfried Zaha featured as a 71st minute substitute for Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet in Ivory Coast’s 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday in their first match in Group E.

Everton
Alex Iwobi had to settle for a place on the bench for Nigeria’s opening Group D against Egypt on Tuesday, although he did have a cameo appearance after coming on as a substitute in the 91st minute.

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Leicester City
Nampalys Mendy missed out on Senegal’s 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19, but Daniel Amartey played the full 90 minutes as Ghana lost 1-0 to Morocco in their Group C opener on the same day.

Both Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho started for Nigeria in their 1-0 win over Egypt on Tuesday, with Ndidi playing the full 90 minutes and Iheanacho managing 80 minutes, who scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute.

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In Group B, Sadio Mane played the full match and converted a 97th minute penalty to secure all three points for Senegal in their 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe, while Naby Keita captained Guinea and played the full 90 minutes as they defeated Malawi 1-0 on Monday.

Mohamed Salah captained Egypt and played the whole match, although he was unable to prevent his nation from losing 1-0 to Nigeria on Tuesday.

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Manchester City:
Riyad Mahrez captained Algeria in their Group E opener against Sierra Leone on Tuesday, lasting the full 90 minutes as his side were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw.

Manchester United:
Eric Bailly started and played the full 90 minutes for Ivory Coast in their Group E game with Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, as the Elephants won 1-0.

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Hannibal Mejbri started and played the first 45 minutes of Tunisia’s 1-0 defeat to Mali in Group F on Wednesday, before being substituted at half-time.

Southampton:
Moussa Djenepo started and played 81 minutes for Mali on Wednesday as they beat Group F opponents Tunisia 1-0, while he also received a yellow card after 33 minutes.

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Watford:
Ismaila Sarr was absent through injury for Senegal’s Group B opener against Zimbabwe on Monday and has since travelled to Spain to see a specialist for treatment.

Both Adam Masina and Imran Louza featured in Morocco’s Group C opener against Ghana. Masina played the full 90 minutes but was also booked, while Louza managed 78 minutes before being substituted.

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William Troost-Ekong captained Nigeria for their opening Group D game against Egypt and played the full 90 minutes as the Super Eagles won 1-0.

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