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Iwobi, Eze and Koulibaly: What did you miss this weekend?

09:59 EAT 10/10/2022
Alex Iwobi Everton 2022-23
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Alex Iwobi endured a bittersweet encounter in Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, scoring and losing possession for the Red Devils’ winning effort.

In France, Terem Moffi continued his impressive start in 2022-23 with a brace in Lorient’s victory over Stade Brest.

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.

  • Reinildo Mandava Atlético vs. Levante

    Reinildo Mandava

    Atletico Madrid played out a 2-1 win over Girona on Saturday, with Diego Simeone’s men returning to winning ways after their Champions League defeat in Belgium.

    Mandava made 11 recoveries in the win, outranking every teammate in the success.

    The Mozambique international has already had double figures in recoveries in two games this term and six since joining the club at the turn of the year.

  • Eberechi Eze

    Eberechi Eze

    Eze was the match-winner in Crystal Palace’s 2-1 success over Leeds United on Sunday, ending an extended drought since scoring in April.

    Strikingly, Palace have never lost in any game in which the attacking midfielder has found the back of the net, dating back to his first season in South London.

    While he does not score often, Patrick Vieira will want the playmaker to score more often, as he represents a good omen for the Eagles.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Terem Moffi

    A brace on Sunday continued Moffi and Lorient’s unmistakable starts to the new season.

    Both goals in the 2-1 win over Stade Brest takes the centre-forward to eight Ligue 1 goals this term, matching his haul for the entirety of last season.

    Moffi finds himself level with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar (eight goals), and Lorient are one point behind Paris Saint-Germain after 10 games.

    Indeed, the player and club find themselves in unfamiliar positions.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea 2022-23

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    The centre-back started for the first time in the league since early September and gave a good account of himself in Chelsea’s 3-0 success over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Koulibaly won every ground duel he contested and succeeded in all but one aerial tussle at Stamford Bridge, outdoing every teammate involved in three ground tussles or higher.

    After a ropey few weeks after a strong start, Koulibaly seems to be finding his feet under Graham Potter.

  • Karl Toko Ekambi Alexander Djiku

    Karl Toko Ekambi

    Toko Ekambi featured in Olympique Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Toulouse, halting the Kids’ four-game losing run.

    The Cameroon international completed every dribble he attempted (four), the only player on the pitch who had a 100 percent take-on success among players to have attempted at least two dribbles.

    The wide attacker also created Lyon’s only big chance in the draw.

  • Alex Iwobi - Everton

    Alex Iwobi

    Iwobi opened the scoring for Everton before two Manchester United goals turned the game around as the Toffees failed to win a third game on the trot.

    While the Nigerian matching last year’s Premier League total was striking, it was interestingly the former Arsenal player’s first league goal from outside the box since his league debut in 2015-16.

    It is a surprise that the Super Eagle had never scored from anywhere else but within the penalty area…perhaps he was inspired by his uncle Jay-Jay Okocha who was in the stands on Sunday!