Koulibaly, Mane and Aribo: What did you miss this weekend?

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La Liga and Serie A commenced over the weekend, with storylines and narratives not in short supply for the Africans on show.

There were brilliant goals, fortunate strikes and statistics that just cannot be ignored.

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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    Yassine Bounou

    Sevilla were beaten 2-1 by Osasuna in their opening game of La Liga on Friday night.

    Bono was in goal for the Andalusians who conceded a goal in each half, either side of an 11th-minute Rafa Mir leveller.

    The concession of two strikes extends the Moroccan’s run without an away clean sheet to six games, going back to last season’s shut-out at Alaves.

    This would worry Julen Lopetegui whose side have struggled for shut-outs since the final months of last season.

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    Joe Aribo

    Southampton showed their powers of recovery in sealing a 2-2 draw from a two-goal deficit on the hour.

    Aribo played a pivotal role in that draw, halving the deficit with 20 minutes remaining to score his maiden Premier League goal for the club.

    Interestingly, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team had not managed a shot on target until the Super Eagle came on, but the Nigeria international managed the home side’s opening pair of the game, scoring with his and his team’s second.

    Having been dropped from the XI, Aribo is likely to keep his spot for the South Coast side’s next game at Leicester City.


    Sadio Mane

    Bayern Munich secured a largely routine 2-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday, with Jamal Musiala and Thomas Muller scoring first-half goals to seal another victory.

    Sadio Mane could not continue his run of either scoring or assisting in every game he has played for FC Hollywood, failing to direct a 69th-minute header on target.

    The Senegal star has now missed four big chances in the Bundesliga.

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    Taiwo Awoniyi

    Awoniyi got a fortuitous winner for Nottingham Forest on their first Premier League game at City Ground, sealing a home debut to remember.

    Having said that, the former Union Berlin frontman failed to win any aerial duel until his 72nd-minute withdrawal, losing out on six of such duels.

    Supporters will not care, though, so long the striker keeps delivering the goods in their battle to avoid relegation.

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    Ademola Lookman

    Atalanta secured a 2-0 win at Sampdoria to start their Serie A campaign on a positive note at the Marassi.

    Lookman scored a debut goal, for La Dea, doubling the visitors’ advantage in the 95th minute to open his account for the club.

    The Super Eagle’s goal came from the only attempt he managed in his half-hour cameo, which would have pleased Gian Piero Gasperini whose team were under the cosh before the Nigerian made sure of the result.

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    Kalidou Koulibaly

    The Senegal captain made his Chelsea bow at Stamford Bridge and gave a good account of himself in the entertaining 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

    Markedly, Koulibaly has played a part — directly or indirectly — in every goal scored by Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, releasing Ben Chilwell to win a penalty at Everton, scoring a brilliant volley against Spurs and regaining possession inside the away side’s half moments before the Blues’ second.

    Admittedly, Koulibaly’s start is unsustainable but remains noteworthy at this early stage of the season, nonetheless.