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Mahrez, Iwobi and Salah: What did you miss this weekend?

8:08 AM GMT 14/11/2022
Alex Iwobi Everton 2022-23
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

The final round of league games before the World Cup saw a string of fascinating results. 

Riyad Mahrez and Manchester City were beaten at the Etihad Stadium for the first time this season in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture in the Premier League. 

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.

  • Ademola Lookman

    Ademola Lookman

    Atalanta suffered another defeat in Serie A, a third in succession when Inter Milan beat them 3-2 at the Gewiss Stadium on Sunday. 

    However, Lookman netted another strike in the defeat, converting a 25th-minute penalty that put La Dea in front at the time. 

    The Nigerian’s goal takes him to seven goals in Italy’s top-flight, seeing him set a personal record having outdone last year’s six Premier League strikes for Leicester City. 

  • Achraf Hakimi Marco Verratti PSG Auxerre 2022-23

    Achraf Hakimi

    Paris Saint-Germain went into hiatus on the back of a 5-0 hammering of Auxerre, keeping them five points ahead of Lens. 

    Hakimi netted the third of those five strikes, ending a three-month run without a goal or assist in the competition, with his previous goal involvements coming in PSG’s 7-1 success over Lille.

    Having become one of the game’s most productive attacking wide defenders in previous campaigns, the turbo-charged Moroccan is unlikely to hit those lofty numbers in France, owing to the presence of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi. 

  • Moses Simon of FC Nantes and Nigeria.

    Moses Simon

    The wide attacker netted his fifth Ligue 1 goal of the campaign in Nantes’ 2-2 draw with Ajaccio, ending a three-game domestic run without scoring. 

    Simon is now up to five goals in the competition, one behind his best return of six since joining the club in the summer of 2019. 

    With a plethora of games to come after the World Cup, the Super Eagle looks on pace to outdo six Ligue 1 goals this term. 

  • Mohamed Salah

    Mohamed Salah

    A 3-1 win over Southampton saw Liverpool record successive league victories since losing two on the trot to Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. 

    It was a frustrating afternoon for Salah who missed a couple of presentable chances to score on the day. 

    The attacker has now had three such games at Anfield where he has missed at least two big chances, with Saturday coming after disappointments against Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion. 

  • Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2022-23

    Riyad Mahrez

    Manchester City lost their unblemished home record at the weekend, getting beat 2-1 by a Brentford side that went into the game winless on their travels. 

    Despite his side’s struggles, Pep Guardiola made just one change in 90 minutes, disinclined to call upon the likes of Mahrez on the bench. 

    The Algerian has now been an unused substitute in three successive Premier League matches for the club—at old club Leicester City, against Fulham and versus Brentford. 

    Mahrez’s struggles this season have gone under the radar and the wide attacker will hope for improved performances whenever he gets on the pitch following the hiatus. 

  • Iwobi GFX

    Alex Iwobi

    A surprising incident in which Iwobi’s jersey was thrown back at him at Bournemouth overshadowed what was another decent showing for the Everton man. 

    The Nigerian could have set up a goal for the visitors but Nathan Patterson’s miss with 20 minutes remaining saw the Toffees squander their finest chance of scoring. 

    Iwobi has now fashioned five big chances in 2022-23, already surpassing his numbers in previous seasons on Merseyside.

    The midfielder’s next assist will take him to six, matching his assists number in his final season at Arsenal in 2018-19.

    Despite the supposed humiliation at the Vitality Stadium, Iwobi can be proud of his performances preceding the World Cup interlude.