African All Stars

Awoniyi, Dennis, Salah: What did you miss this weekend?

8:16 AM GMT 07/12/2021
Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Nigeria.
GOAL highlights the standout details from Africa's stars who are playing in Europe

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22

    Insightful details from the weekend

    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.

  • Jordan Ayew

    Jordan Ayew

    Ayew’s missed chance minutes before Fred scored the winner in Manchester United’s win over Crystal Palace was the second big chance the Ghana international will botch this season.

    The West African’s failure from close range meant United sealed a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, thus sealing their first clean sheet at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League this season and a first on their turf after 15 games in all competitions.

    Ayew has now failed to find the back of the net for the Eagles since November 2020.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin.

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    Admittedly, Awoniyi took his Bundesliga tally for the season to nine goals, behind only Robert Lewandowski, Patrick Schick and Erling Haaland, but that was not the striking occurrence after Union Berlin’s 2-1 win over RB Leipzig.

    The Nigerian’s four shots on the night amounted to 1.4 expected goals, the highest xG the striker has had in any single league game this season.

    Despite netting one, the former Liverpool man must have been disappointed he did not end the night with a brace at least owing to the quality of chances he got.

  • Mohamed Salah, Liverpool 2021-22

    Mohamed Salah

    The Liverpool attacker had contributed 21 goals before Saturday’s win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he assisted Divock Origi’s late winner in second-half stoppage time.

    It took the North African up to 22 goals plus assists this season, with the assist at Molineux the forward’s latest goal involvement this season.

    Interestingly, the Egypt superstar had not scored or assisted in the final 10 minutes of any game this term before Saturday.

  • Franck Kessie AC Milan 2021-22

    Franck Kessie

    Kessie scored the opening goal for AC Milan against Salernitana on Saturday, sweeping home after Rafael Leao’s ball into the area in the eventual 2-0 win.

    Strikingly, it was the Ivorian’s first goal from open play this term and the first goal that did not come from the spot since scoring against Parma in April.

    Kessie is now up to three Serie A goals this term, with Milan going top of the standings after round 16 in Italy.

  • Ismaila Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis

    Emmanuel Dennis

    Watford were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in Saturday’s tea-time game in the Premier League, with the Cityzens ending Dennis’ three-game scoring run.

    Regardless of the blank, the Nigerian was the recipient of nine progressive passes at Vicarage Road, matching a season-high from the Hornets’ 2-0 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion in late August.