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Salah, Iwobi and Bassey: What did you miss this weekend?

10:32 EAT 03/10/2022
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022
GOAL highlights the outstanding moments from the continent's stars in Europe

Football returned after the international break with rip-roaring action across Europe.

Mohamed Salah endured another frustrating afternoon for Liverpool against Brighton & Hove Albion, while Alex Iwobi and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa thrived for Everton and Napoli, respectively.

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.

  • Islam Slimani Algérie

    Islam Slimani

    The Algeria international netted in Stade Brest’s 1-1 draw with Auxerre to open his Ligue 1 account for the campaign.

    However, Slimani will hope he does not have to wait so long for his next strike in the French top flight, with Sunday’s effort his first since August 2021.

    The striker’s last Ligue 1 goal came for Olympique Lyon against his current side Brest.

  • Calvin Bassey Ajax 2022.

    Calvin Bassey

    Ajax played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Go Ahead Eagles, ending a run of 11 successive home victories in the Eredivisie going back to last season.

    Bassey was dominant in his one-v-one tussles despite the stalemate, winning eight of his nine ground duels.

    This outdid every player on the pitch, and the Super Eagle’s commendable performance was a positive amid Ajax’s inability to win a 12th consecutive game at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

  •  Nigeria Alex Iwobi and Everton.

    Alex Iwobi

    Iwobi may not have matched previous top-notch performances in an Everton shirt in Saturday’s turnaround win at Southampton, but the Nigerian was instrumental to the Toffees’ win, nonetheless.

    The ex-Arsenal man assisted the winning goal — scored by Dwight McNeil — to register his third assist of the 2022-23 campaign.

    Iwobi has now outdone his final assists tally and previous best for Everton (two assists in 2020-21 and 2021-22) and will back himself to match his six assists from his final season at Arsenal (six).

    Scoring twice was also a collector’s item for Frank Lampard’s men, who had not netted more than one goal in eight matches in all competitions preceding Saturday.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Joe Aribo

    Observers will have noticed Aribo scored his second Premier League goal for Southampton before Everton rallied to turn the game on its head.

    But it is now striking that the ex-Rangers midfielder’s strikes this season have come when he has been deployed in his best position—one of the two number 10s in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 4-2-2-2.

    Having been moved around and played in a plethora of roles in 2022-23, the Nigeria international will hope for regular game time in his favourable position going forward.

  • Zambo Anguissa Napoli

    Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa

    Luciano Spalletti had thrown down the gauntlet to Zambo Anguissa last season, calling on the Cameroon star to score more goals and contribute more assists.

    The midfielder looks to have taken the tactician’s advice on board, scoring a brace in the weekend’s 3-1 victory over Torino to keep Napoli top of Serie A.

    Zambo Anguissa has now contributed to four goals (two goals, two assists), already outdoing last term’s tally (two assists) after eight game weeks.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022-23

    Mohamed Salah

    An exasperating outing for Salah saw him miss two clear-cut opportunities in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with a fearless Brighton as the Reds dropped even more points this season.

    Strikingly, the Egyptian has now gone four Premier League games at Anfield without scoring in 22-23, firing blanks against Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and the Seagulls.

    This sees Salah match an unwanted Liverpool record from 2020-21, where he also went four league matches without scoring on home turf before netting against Manchester City.

    The Citizens are the next visitors to Anfield on October 16, and it will be interesting to see if the Reds’ marksman ends this unpleasant streak or goes five Premier League games on the trot without scoring at Anfield for the first time.