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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...

Galatasaray sign Badou Ndiaye

Galatasaray have completed a deal to sign Senegal international Papa Alioune 'Badou' Ndiaye, recruiting the midfielder from Osmalispor on a four-year deal.

Gala have confirmed the deal on their official website, as the 26-year-old ends his two-year stay with The Ottomans.

The Dakar-born midfielder began his career at the celebrated Diambars...


Tottenham crash out of Europa League as Belgian clubs have perfect day

Ten-man Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Europa League in the round of 32 after losing 3-2 on aggregate following Thursday's 2-2 second-leg draw against Belgian club Gent at Wembley.

Harry Kane's own goal and Dele Alli's first-half red card were too much to overcome as Mauricio Pochettino's men failed to reach the quarterfinals of the competition for a fourth consecutive campaign.

However Christian Eriksen gave Tottenham early hope in the 10th minute, levelling the tie with a calm finish...


Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat trick carries Man United; Tottenham lose first leg

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat trick gave Manchester United a 3-0 win against St Etienne in a Europa League round of 32 first-leg clash at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic opened the scoring in unusual circumstances after 15 minutes when his free kick struck the St Etienne wall and deflected towards goal leaving St Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier wrong-footed and stranded before crawling over the line.

He added an important second in the 74th minute as substitute Marcus Rashford squared from...

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Metz add striker Cheick Diabate on loan from Osmanlispor

Cheick Diabate, right, is returning to France on loan with Metz.

Metz have reinforced their attacking options with the loan signing of Osmanlispor striker Cheick Diabate until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Mali international joined the Turkish Super Lig side last year after scoring 50 goals in 129 appearances in an eight-year spell at Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux.

Diabate moves to the Stade Saint-Symphorien on a six-month deal with an option to purchase.

Diabate scored the winning goal for Les Girondins as they beat Evian to win the Coupe de France in 2013...