(Goal.com) The 25-year-old scored his third league goal of the season to help the Sky Blues return to winning ways at Municipal de Balaidos
Sofiane Boufal impressed as Celta Vigo defeated Girona 2-1 in Saturday's Spanish La Liga game between the two sides.
After losing to Atletico Madrid last Saturday, the Sky Blues bounced back to winning ways with the Morocco international playing a key role in the match.
Boufal set up Iago Aspas for the opening goal in the 34th minute before Portu levelled for Eusebio Sacristan’s men 14 minutes later.
The 25-year-old was cautioned in the 70th minute before he was substituted for Andrew Hjulsager later in the game.
The victory saw Celta Vigo move to the 14th spot on the table after gathering 35 points from 33 games.
Boufal has now scored three goals in 31 league appearances this season and will hope to continue the form in their next game against Espanyol on Wednesday.
The midfielder, who has six caps for Morocco, will look forward to playing a part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The Atlas Lions are in Group D along with Ivory Coast, Namibia and South Africa.
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Rabat – Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s stellar performance with Girona is gaining him recognition across the European footballing spectrum.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo has ranked Bounou 10th among “brilliant goal keepers who are having a great season in Europe’s top 5 divisions,” based on their number of saves so far this season.
Bounou has earned the trust of both Girona and the Moroccan national team, where he is the starting goalkeeper.
Of the 10 goalies whose performance outshone the rest of Europe’s elite leagues, only Manchester United’s Spanish goalie De Gea, ranked 4th, was a household name of acknowledged class and reputation.
While keepers like Bounou or Lukasz Fabianski (5th) may not have the flamboyance of Real Madrid’s Courtois or Manchester City’s Ederson or the price tags of Liverpool’s Alison and Chelsea’s Kepa, their performance and importance for their respective teams is no less significant.
In Bounou’s case, while Girona, his current club, languishes in 17th place in La Liga, Spain’s top league, the club’s place in the championship table would have been far lower had it not been for the Moroccan’s form.
Mundo Deportivo’s rankings:
1) Oier Olazabal (Levante, Spain), 96 saves
2) Michael Esser (Hannover, Germany), 94 saves
3) Luis Sepe (Parma, Italy), 92 saves
4) David De Gea (Manchester United, England), 90 saves
5) Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham, England), 88 saves
6) Marco Sportiello (Frosinone, Italy), 88 saves
7) Neil Etheridge (Cardiff, England), 88 saves
8) Sergio Asenjo, (Villarreal, Spain), 86 saves
9) Regis Gurtner (Amiens, France), 83 saves
10) Yassine Bounou (Girona, Spain), 83 saves
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