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Simon, Salah and Mane: What did you miss this weekend?

12:13 PM GMT 29/08/2022
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester United 2022-23
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

Another action-filled, drama-laden weekend across Europe where Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both failed to score for Bayern Munich and Liverpool respectively and Alex Iwobi continued a trend against Brentford.

Which of the continent’s other stars flourished over the weekend or had notable contributions that may have been inconspicuous?

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.

  • Alex Iwobi Everton 2022-23

    Alex Iwobi

    Everton remain winless despite eking out a 1-1 draw at Brentford against the balance of play.

    Be that as it may, Iwobi created one of the few chances Frank Lampard’s men fashioned in West London, continuing a streak of creating at least one chance in every Premier League game this season.

    Having gone on a 13-game streak of fashioning one shooting opportunity last season, the Super Eagle will back himself to keep the current one going.

  • Moses Simon of Nantes and Nigeria.

    Moses Simon

    Simon was at the forefront of Nantes’ comeback win over Toulouse on Sunday afternoon, assisting and scoring in the second half to seal a 3-1 success for the hosts.

    By scoring and assisting in the same game, the winger has matched a feat from the two preceding campaigns and will look to replicate this before the campaign’s denouncement.

    Sunday’s win was Nantes’ first of the 2022-23 season.

  • hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi

    Even though Paris Saint-Germain could not win a fourth successive game in Ligue 1, Hakimi continued his fine form at the start of year two in France.

    The wing-back created one of PSG’s four open-play big chances, his second of the season after fashioning one in last week’s thrashing of Lille.

    Having created seven in the entirety of last season, Hakimi is on pace to outdoing that return if he keeps this run going.


    Sadio Mane

    It was a frustrating evening for Bayern Munich who found Yann Sommer in inspired form on Saturday as the Bavarians drew 1-1 with Borussia Monchengladbach.

    The Swiss goalkeeper made a staggering 19 saves to deny Bayern the victory, with four of those thwarting Mane who attempted seven shots in the draw.

    Despite a 63rd-minute withdrawal, the Senegal star’s Expected Goals (xG) of 1.2 per Fbref outdid every player and even bettered Gladbach’s total xG of 0.7.

  • Bennacer Milan

    Ismael Bennacer

    AC Milan enjoyed a relatively straightforward 2-0 win over Bologna at the weekend with Bennacer one of Stefano Pioli’s top performers.

    The Algeria international completed every dribble he attempted (four) before his substitution at the hour mark.

    After a slow-burning 2021-22, Bennacer has started this season in red-hot form.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022-23

    Mohamed Salah

    Liverpool may have torn Bournemouth to shreds for a record-matching 9-0 Premier League win, but Salah endured a frustrating afternoon, despite seeing the sunny side.

    The Reds forward neither scored nor assisted any of the home side’s goals and his xG of 1.3 demonstrated the quality of chances he received in the resounding win.

    It was probably a one-off for the Egyptian who is expected to get back on the scoring trail sooner rather than later.