Nketiah, Chukwueze and Ndidi: What did you miss this weekend?

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Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City
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GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe.

Nottingham Forest secured a deserved 1-1 draw against Chelsea after Serge Aurier’s impressive equaliser and Samuel Chukwueze surprisingly netted in Villarreal’s 2-1 win over Valencia.

In France, Terem Moffi matched a somewhat unwanted record when Lorient came from behind to beat cellar-dwelling Angers on Sunday.

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.

  1. Serge Aurier

    Serge Aurier

    Aurier’s leveller in Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea was not only the right-back’s first goal for the club, but it was the first time the Tricky Trees had secured a point after going behind this season.

    Indeed, Steve Cooper will hope the full-back’s well-taken strike turns the tide with the second half of the season imminent as Forest battle for Premier League survival.

  2. Samuel Chukwueze

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Villarreal secured a 2-1 comeback win over Valencia, and Chukwueze was surprisingly among the goals.

    The wide attacker’s leveller was his first La Liga goal of the campaign, taking his goal contributions in the top flight to two for the season.

    The Nigeria international may have been in and out of the XI under Unai Emery but it appears Chukwueze is a favourite under Quique Setien.

  3. Terem Moffi

    Terem Moffi

    Lorient may have scored two late goals to turn what was heading to a 1-0 defeat at Angers into a 2-1 win.

    It was not Moffi’s best night as he was starved of service for the game’s entirety. The upshot of firing blanks at Stade Raymond Kopa means the striker has gone two games without scoring in Ligue 1.

    The Nigerian has not gone three league games without scoring this term, so eyes would be on Lorient’s next league fixture against Monaco on January 11.

  4. Eddie Nketiah

    Eddie Nketiah

    Having gone the entire Premier League season without scoring, albeit from substitute appearances, Nketiah has now scored in successive games for Arsenal.

    The striker netted in the 3-1 victory over West Ham United on Boxing Day and scored for the Gunners in their final match of 2022, a 4-2 success over Brighton & Hove Albion.

    With Gabriel Jesus out until February, the Ghanaian is proving his worth deputising for the Brazilian.

  5. Yassine Bounou

    Yassine Bounou

    Bono returned to the Sevilla line-up for the first time since his World Cup heroics with Morocco, conceding a goal in the 1-1 draw with Celta de Vigo.

    That said, the goalkeeper made four saves for the visitors to prevent the Andalusians’ eighth La Liga defeat of the season.

    The goalkeeper has made four saves or higher in five league games this season, possibly preventing the Seville outfit from occupying a worse position than 19th.

  6. Wilfred Ndidi
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    Wilfred Ndidi

    After several weeks without starting, Ndidi returned to the XI for Leicester City’s 2-1 loss at Liverpool.

    The anchorman was not selected from the off on three occasions before starting at Anfield, undoubtedly an anomaly for the former Genk midfielder, who had never been left on the bench for successive games in his Leicester career.

    Is this the new normal for Ndidi or is Brendan Rodgers simply easing the midfielder back in after recent injuries?