African All Stars

Chukwueze, Salah & Dennis: What did you miss this weekend?

9:29 PM GMT 29/11/2021
Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal celebrate vs Barcelona
GOAL highlight some inconspicuous details from the continent’s stars in Europe

  • Ismaila Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis

    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.

  • Samuel Chukwueze of Nigeria and Villarreal.

    Samuel Chukwueze

    Another goal for Villarreal against Barcelona — his third altogether against the giants — means the Blaugrana are the wide attacker’s favourite opponents.

    Interestingly, Chukwueze’s goal came from his first shot on target in La Liga this season in his seventh appearance.

    Unfortunately for the winger, his strike could not prevent a 3-1 defeat for Unai Emery’s men.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    Crystal Palace were handed their first defeat at Selhurst Park under Patrick Vieira, with Aston Villa’s 2-1 success ending a seven-game run without losing.

    In 86 minutes, Olise racked up a staggering 16 progressive carries, outdoing every player on the pitch before his late withdrawal.

    It was also the teenager’s highest volume of forward thrusts in possession in any game since joining the club.

  • Ihlas Bebou - Hoffenheim

    Ihlas Bebou

    Bebou netted a stunning hat-trick in Hoffenheim’s rip-roaring 6-3 victory over Greuther Furth to move within two points of Freiburg in fourth.

    Fascinatingly, the Togo international’s three strikes was the first in his domestic career, having previously never scored more than two times in a game—the most recent coming in mid-October’s 5-0 success over Koln.

    Bebou is now up to five Bundesliga goals this season.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Watford FC.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    Despite Watford’s 4-2 loss at Leicester City, Dennis’ fifth Premier League goal was history-matching.

    The Nigerian became only the sixth player to score five and assist as many in their first 12 PL appearances or fewer, joining Eric Cantona (11), Jurgen Klinsmann (12), Arjen Robben (11), Andrey Arshavin (10) and Bruno Fernandes (nine).

    Claudio Ranieri will hope the injury that forced him off at the King Power Stadium does not keep him out for an extended period.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22

    Mohamed Salah

    Despite Liverpool hitting four goals against Southampton, Salah was surprisingly not on the scoresheet in the 4-0 victory.

    Even more surprising was the fact the Egyptian failed to hit any of his four attempts on target.

    It was the first time in the Premier League Salah would fail to at least make the opposing goalkeeper work, although his wider form this season indicates it is nothing to worry about.