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Hakimi, Dessers and Simon: What did you miss this weekend?

5:32 pm AEST 12/9/22
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

The Premier League games may have been postponed but the action continued over the weekend in the other four major leagues and beyond.

Achraf Hakimi got 90 minutes in Paris Saint-Germain’s marginal success over Brest, while Musa Barrow scored his first Serie A strike for Fiorentina.

In this feature, GOAL's Seye Omidiora picks out some of the under-the-radar stats you may have missed this week - and explains what they mean for Africa's biggest stars.

  • Cyriel Dessers Cremonese 2022-23

    Cyriel Dessers

    Cremonese picked up a commendable point at Atalanta on Sunday, levelling four minutes after the Bergamaschi opened the scoring in the 74th minute, securing their first away point of the campaign.

    Dessers played 83 minutes but failed to hit a shot on target before his withdrawal, with both efforts blocked.

    The Nigerian has now gone successive games without making the goalkeeper work despite attempting four shots altogether.

    It is a growing theme from the striker who has hit only two of his 18 shots in Serie A since his summer move.

  • Moses Simon - Nantes 2021-22

    Moses Simon

    Simon returned to the Nantes XI for their trip to Lorient, eventually resulting in a 3-2 defeat for the Canaries.

    The wide attacker scored with his only shot of the game, halving the deficit with five minutes of normal time remaining to set up a grandstand finish to the game.

    Interestingly, three of Simon’s Ligue 1 goals have come from just four shots on target, demonstrating his impressive but unsustainable finishing.

  • Musa Barrow

    Musa Barrow

    Barrow scored his first Serie A goal in Bologna’s comeback 2-1 win over Fiorentina for the hosts’ first success of the campaign.

    The Gambia international attempted a staggering six shots in the encounter, 50 percent of his side’s 12 efforts, and double his previous season-high (three shots).

    Sunday’s victory took Bologna to 12th on the standings.

  • Achraf Hakimi Brest PSG Ligue 1 10092022

    Achraf Hakimi

    Paris Saint-Germain had a strong opening half against Brest before fading after half-time in Saturday’s 1-0 win.

    Hakimi played for the game’s entirety where he failed to register a key pass in PSG’s slender success.

    It was the first time this season in which the Morocco international has not set up a scoring opportunity in six league starts.

  • Sevilla En-Nesyri Rayo Vallecano LaLiga

    Youssef En-Nesyri

    Sevilla secured an entertaining 3-2 win over Espanyol on Saturday, ending a winless run at the start of the 2022-23 season.

    The game was significant for En-Nesyri, despite not scoring, as he hit all three efforts on target.

    It was the first time since the opening gameweek in which the centre-forward has managed to hit the target, although chances have been at a premium for the Moroccan.

    This is evidenced by his Expected Goals (xG) of 0.4 against Espanyol, which exceeds previously accumulated xG from all four La Liga appearances combined, suggesting the lack of invention from Julen Lopetegui’s side.

  • Mohamed Kudus of Ghana and Ajax.

    Mohammed Kudus

    Kudus will probably not have a more promising week for Ajax than the last few days.

    The Ghanaian netted twice in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Heerenveen, taking him to three goals in the Eredivisie this term.

    Kudus’ return is now one behind his best tally (four goals) in 2020-21 and the forward will back himself to surpass his personal best in the competition this season.