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

8:32 AM WAT 05/09/2022
Victor Osimhen Napoli 2022-23
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

The majority of fixtures in Europe’s top five leagues played over the weekend were not devoid of narratives or noteworthy incidents.

Mohamed Salah could not unlock the Everton defence in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, while erstwhile Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane failed to score in successive Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich.

In Italy, Victor Osimhen's Napoli secured a comeback win but the striker set a somewhat unwanted 2022 record.

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.

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    Umar Sadiq

    Sadiq had a debut to remember for Real Sociedad on Saturday when he had a direct hand in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in San Sebastien.

    The centre-forward needed only one attempt to level proceedings after coming on at half-time, rising higher than Reinildo Isnard Mandava to head home in the 55th minute.

    It was the Nigerian’s only goal attempt of the evening and he could have scored the winner with what would have been his second shot but an offside flag ruled out a dinked finish over Jan Oblak.

    Umar’s finishing can be erratic at times but he was on his game to help Sociedad to a share of the spoils to score his second goal in La Liga.

  • Bryan Mbeumo Brentford 2021-22

    Bryan Mbeumo

    The Cameroonian netted one of Brentford’s goals in their 5-2 thrashing of Leeds United at the Gtech Community Stadium but that is not what stood out.

    Mbeumo fashioned two big chances on the day, taking him to four clear-cut chances created this season, without registering an assist.

    Of all the players in the Premier League with four big chances created, only the Brentford attacker is yet to set up a colleague, perhaps let down by his teammates' misfiring.


    Sadio Mane

    Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw by Union Berlin on Saturday, making it two successive draws in the Bundesliga for Julian Nagelsmann’s men.

    Mane’s outing was striking because, despite arguably having his finest performance since joining the club from Liverpool, he could not find the back of the net despite shooting at goal four times.

    None of the Senegal international’s attempts was categorised as a clear-cut opportunity, this being the first Bundesliga game in five where the forward has not had a clear sight at goal. Possibly a one-off situation, but wholly striking, nonetheless.

  • Achraf Hakimi Paris Saint-Germain 2021-22

    Achraf Hakimi

    Paris Saint-Germain dispatched 10-man Nantes with ease with Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe taking the plaudits in the 3-0 success.

    Unfortunately for Hakimi, a fourth goal involvement could not be registered but it was not for the want of trying.

    The wing-back was rather unfortunate that Neymar contrived to hit the post after the Moroccan’s pull-back found the attacker in a promising position in the area.

    For context, Messi who had Expected Assists (xA) of 0.9 registered a pair of assists (both for Mbappe) whereas Hakimi’s 0.8 did not yield an assist in Nantes.

    Indeed, there ought to be a stream of assists for the turbo-charged wide defender if he keeps fashioning such high-quality chances.

  • Osimhen, Napoli

    Victor Osimhen

    Napoli fought back from an early concession at Lazio to beat Maurizio Sarri’s team 2-1 at Stadio Olimpico.

    For the third game running, Osimhen failed to find the back of the net for Luciano Spalletti’s men.

    It is the first time the Super Eagle has gone three Serie A games without scoring after returning from a serious facial injury at the turn of the year.

    Having said that, the fact the Nigerian has had three big chances come his way in two of those games (missed two against Lecce and another at Lazio where he hit the post) suggests there is broadly not much to worry about.

  • Mohamed Salah vs Everton

    Mohamed Salah

    It was a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool who played out a goalless encounter at Everton despite hitting the woodwork three times.

    Salah was thwarted by an impressive Jordan Pickford save in the second half, with the England goalkeeper parrying the forward’s goal-bound effort onto the post.

    The Egyptian has now gone three games without finding the back of the net despite accumulating Expected Goals (xG) of 1.6 in that time.