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Insightful details from the weekend
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.
Simon was breathtakingly decisive as Nantes came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to claim a roaring 5-3 success over Bordeaux.
While the Nigerian claimed an assist — to level at 3-3 — and netted the home side’s fourth, it was his delicious ball into the box that forced Ricardo Mangas’ own-goal to make it 2-2 after 51 minutes.
Despite netting four goals and setting up eight in Ligue 1 this term, Simon had not scored and assisted in the same game until Sunday.
With those two-goal contributions, the Super Eagle has outdone last season’s return (six goals, five assists) for a new personal best in the French top-flight.
Osimhen played for 90 minutes as Napoli’s Serie A prospects took a damaging hit at 14th-placed Empoli, where they lost a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.
The frontman failed to hit the target with any of his six shots, the poorest return for the forward whose previous worst performance this term came in home games against Hellas Verona in November and last Monday vs Roma where all three efforts were off target.
His shooting has gone off-kilter at the worst possible time, and their Scudetto hopes have gone up in smoke.
Andre Zambo Anguissa
While Napoli are now unlikely to win Serie A after a crushing 3-2 loss at Empoli, Zambo Anguissa’s assist in Tuscany was a collector’s item.
The Cameroon midfielder characteristically drove forward with the ball and played in Lorenzo Insigne for only the Partenopei captain’s second open-play goal of 2021/22 to make it 2-0.
It was Anguissa’s first Serie A assist of the season which has come at the backend of the campaign.
Having had a decent-to-good loan spell in Italy, the Fulham loanee will be pleased with his first goal contribution of any kind, despite the eventual loss.
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Liverpool endured a frustrating game with Everton for the majority of Sunday’s clash, but they were decisive to score twice and claim a 2-0 win keeping pace with Manchester City atop the standings.
Matip had a dominant game defensively, winning all six ground duels in 90 minutes.
No other Liverpool player had a 100 percent success rate, while only Michael Keane matched the Reds centre-back, although it comes with the caveat that the Everton man competed in only one ground duel.
The result means Liverpool have done the double in the Merseyside derby for the first time since 2016/17.
In the same game, Salah assisted Andrew Robertson’s goal to open the scoring in the 2-0 success.
The assist means the wide attacker has now set up a teammate in three consecutive games, having picked up only a solitary assist in the previous 13 Premier League appearances.
Salah is now up to 13 league assists, now outranking every player in the division having edged ahead of teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold (12) on Sunday.