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

5:49 PM IST 17/10/22
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022-23
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

Many observers predicted a Manchester City win at Liverpool despite their run of one victory in 19 at Anfield before Sunday’s meeting, but the Reds were dogged and paid no attention to their inconsistent form to win 1-0.

Mohamed Salah netted the winner, taking his tally for the Premier League campaign to three goals as he continued where he left off after scoring a stunning hat-trick in mid-week.

In France, Achraf Hakimi was utilised differently by Christophe Galtier in Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Olympique Marseille.

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.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    Brentford responded to their 5-1 defeat by Newcastle United last week by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on Friday night.

    It was a game of firsts for Onyeka, who not only started his first Premier League game of the season but set up Ivan Toney’s first of the night.

    That was the Nigerian’s maiden assist in the English top flight and his first-ever goal contribution in the league since signing from Midtjylland last year.

    Was this a one-off or a sign of things to come for the Brentford midfielder?

  • Zirkzee Napoli Bologna

    Joshua Zirkzee

    In a game where Victor Osimhen and Musa Barrow also found the back of the net, Zirkzee netted for the first time for Bologna since his permanent transfer from Bayern Munich.

    It was the striker’s maiden start for the Emilia-Romagna outfit and he will hope that strike earns more starts going forward.

    Osimhen came off the bench to score the winner for Napoli, though, thus sealing the Serie A leaders' 3-2 success at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

  • Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 2022-23

    Sadio Mane

    Bayern Munich went into Sunday’s game with second-place Freiburg looking to avoid an upset at the Allianz Arena.

    Julian Nagelsmann’s team blew their opponents away to move into second spot at the end of the gameweek, recording a 5-0 win over the side from Baden-Wurttemberg.

    While Mane netted his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season, the Senegal superstar was the only FC Hollywood attacker from the front four in the XI that did not register more than a goal contribution on Sunday—Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all scored and set up another in the rout.

    It is obviously not a stick to beat the former Liverpool man, but an observation from Bayern’s latest win.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur ended Iwobi’s three-game run of either scoring or assisting in the league.

    Furthermore, the Nigerian’s non-involvement in any shot-creating action in North London ended an extended streak of 28 games since the Toffees’ 5-2 home defeat by Watford last season, where the former Arsenal man was not involved in key offensive actions.

    Iwobi did not start that game at Goodison Park, though, and you would have to go as far back as Everton’s 3-2 win over Fulham in 2020-21 to find a game in which the Super Eagle did not engage in any shot-creating action in a match he started.

    SCAs are the offensive actions preceding a shot attempt—a pass, dribble or foul drawn.

  • Achraf Hakimi, Amine Harit

    Achraf Hakimi

    Paris Saint-Germain won the first Le Classique of this season, defeating Olympique Marseille 1-0 at Parc des Princes.

    Interestingly, it was the first time in Ligue 1 that Christophe Galtier would deploy Hakimi at full-back rather than right wing-back.

    Nonetheless, the PSG tactician’s alteration was likely an upshot of injuries to Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes and Sergio Ramos’ unavailability through suspension.

  • Mohamed Salah

    Salah’s goal in Liverpool’s 1-0 success over Manchester City on Sunday ended a four-game run at Anfield without scoring.

    Failure to score on Sunday would have taken the Egyptian to five Premier League games without a goal on Merseyside, setting a record of firing blanks on home turf.

    The forward was also set up by Alisson Becker for the third time, following the goalkeeper’s assists against Manchester United and Norwich City in 2019-20 and 2021-22, respectively.