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Cheick Diabate equals 17-year Serie A goalscoring record

Despite Benevento's struggles at the wrong end of the Serie A table, Cheick Diabate equalled an Italian goalscoring record this weekend when he netted twice in the 2-2 draw at Sassuolo.

The Mali international's double took his tally up to six goals in his last three games, having scored two in each of Benevento's last three top-flight clashes.

His outstanding return equals a 17-year Serie A record that's stood since 2001, when Dario Hubner of Piacenza enjoyed a similar purple patch according to...

No Troyes return for Adama Niane despite apology

Adama Niane has not been recalled by Troyes for Saturday's showdown with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 despite apologising for an altercation with his coach Jean-Louis Garcia.

The Malian attacker was made to serve an internal suspension and excluded from training following an altercation with his Garcia in February.

Niane was accused of "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards the group and the technical team," and was suspended indefinitely.

The 24-year-old was excluded from Troyes' last...

Cheick Diabate the instant hero at Benevento

Mali striker Cheick Diabate needed just 12 minutes to endear himself to Benevento after coming off the bench to settle his new club's thrilling 3-2 victory over Crotone in Serie A on Sunday.

Diabate, a loan signing from Osmanlispor in January, has been made to wait for his debut in the Italian top flight.

However, he was given his opportunity to impress on Sunday, with his new club tied 2-2 at home with fellow strugglers Crotone heading into the last 13 minutes.

Benevento had led 2-1 after goals...


Toothless Ivory Coast held by Mali in World Cup qualification

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Ivory Coast missed the opportunity to consolidate top spot in African World Cup qualifying Group C as they were held 0-0 by Mali in Bamako on Friday, mathematically confirming the hosts' elimination.

The Elephants, shorn of many of their best players, lacked an offensive threat throughout the contest, and continued their miserable year in which they've won just one competitive fixture.

The draw means the Ivorians end the day in top spot in Group C, but Friday's draw, coupled with their shock 2-1...

Abdoulaye Doucoure may yet be worth the wait for Watford

Due to Watford's significant turnover of players and the club's revolving door policy to recruitment, a series of talents have passed through Vicarage Road in recent seasons without making much of an impact.

Abdoulaye Doucoure, signed from Stade Rennais in February 2016, but immediately sent out on loan to Granada, had looked destined to be yet another anonymous player to come and go at the Hertfordshire outfit without really demonstrating his qualities.

However, when handed his opportunity by new...