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

11:28 SAST 2022/08/22
Sadio Mane of Senegal and Bayern Munich.
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

With all five major European leagues back in full swing, the weekend was not short on narratives, with Achraf Hakimi involved in Paris Saint-Germain’s annihilation of Lille or Sadio Mane’s involvement in Bayern Munich's obliteration of Bochum.

Which of the continent’s other stars flourished over the weekend or had notable contributions that may have been inconspicuous?

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.

  • PSG Achraf Hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi

    The wing-back’s amazing start to life under Christophe Galtier continued on Sunday when he scored PSG’s third in their 7-1 thrashing of Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and assisted Neymar’s second of the night.

    Hakimi has now netted twice in Ligue 1 this season, half of last season’s return, and his three goal contributions altogether mean he is only seven back of last year’s total.

    At his ongoing rate of either providing a goal or assist per game, the Morocco star is on pace to smash his goals plus assists tally from 2021-22.

  •  Eberechi Eze of Nigeria and Crystal Palace.

    Eberechi Eze

    After a commendable outing at Liverpool on Monday night, Eze thrived in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 success over Aston Villa.

    The Anglo-Nigerian completed all six dribble attempts against Steven Gerrard’s men at Selhurst Park.

    While it will not be the case every week, Eze’s contribution, despite not scoring or assisting, was eye-catching.

  • Victor Osimhen Napoli pre-season 2022

    Victor Osimhen

    Another goal in Napoli’s 4-0 success over newly-promoted Monza continued Osimhen’s impressive start in front of goal in year three in Naples.

    Having said that, the striker’s off-kilter shooting prevented him from scoring even more on the day.

    The Super Eagle missed no less than three clear-cut chances, which was somewhat disappointing for the frontman who failed to hit the target with five of 10 shots.

  • Ismael Bennacer Milan Serie A 28112021

    Ismael Bennacer

    Bennacer does not provide goals as often as he or observers want, but his equaliser in AC Milan’s 1-1 draw at Atalanta on Sunday was pleasing to watch.

    The midfielder received possession from Alexis Saelemaekers’ quick corner, advanced into the box and curled the ball off the post for Milan’s leveller after chopping onto his stronger left foot.

    Admittedly, the Algerian does not score often, but it was striking that Sunday’s strike was the first goal he will score from inside the box since the 2019-20 campaign.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    Despite Everton’s continued inability to win a game — they drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest at Goodison Park on Saturday — Iwobi had a storming game.

    No teammate matched the midfielder’s seven Shot-Creating Actions, key passes (four), progressive passes (six) and passes into the final third (eight).

    Only James Tarkowski (16) made more recoveries than the impressive Iwobi who not only had a strong performance in possession but was also willing to put in the hard yards off the ball.

  • Sadio Mane Bayern Munich pre-season 2022

    Sadio Mane

    Having had his opening pair of Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich typified by off-kilter finishing, Mane was on fire in the Bavarians’ 7-0 demolition of Bochum on Sunday.

    The Senegal superstar scored twice from three shots on the day, which were, interestingly, all on target.

    After missing four big chances in the opening two gameweeks — three against Eintracht Frankfurt and one versus Wolfsburg — Mane found his accuracy at Vonovia Ruhrstadion.