- Molly O’Callaghan, a 19-year-old swimmer from Australia, etched her name in the annals of swimming history with a remarkable performance in the Women’s 200m Freestyle event
- Akshay Bhatia, 21, Wins his First PGA Tour Title at the Barracuda Championship
- Bruno Fernandes Replaces Harry Maguire as New Man Utd Captain
- Lionel Messi Surprises Teammate in group chat ahead of Grand Unveiling
- Man Utd Sign Keeper Andre Onana from Inter
European Football Weekend Highlights
- Updated: January 22, 2024
The latest weekend of European club football delivered a spectacle of thrilling matches, comebacks, and standout individual performances. Let’s delve into the stats and highlights from the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and the French Cup.
Liverpool continues to dominate, securing a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth, widening their lead at the top by five points. Darwin Nunez, the Uruguayan forward, stands out as the only player from Europe’s top 5 leagues with an impressive tally of 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season. Nunez also notched his 100th senior career goal, showcasing his versatility across various clubs.
A historic moment unfolded as Oli McBurnie converted a 103rd-minute penalty for Sheffield United against West Ham, setting a new Premier League record for the latest goal scored, surpassing Dirk Kuyt’s previous record.
Arsenal’s 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace marked their joint-biggest margin of victory in a Premier League London derby, matching their 5-0 win against Wimbledon in April 1998.
Girona’s Artem Dovbyk etched his name in history by completing a hat trick in the first 20 minutes of a LaLiga game, joining a select group of players achieving this feat in the last 60 years. Girona’s Savio, a Brazilian teenager, displayed remarkable form with 12 goal contributions (5 goals, 7 assists) this season, reminiscent of Alexandre Pato’s impressive stats for Milan in 2008-09.
Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham made waves by becoming the first non-forward/winger to score 14 league goals in a season for the club since Guti in 2000-01. Bellingham’s 17 goal contributions (14 goals, 3 assists) stand as the highest in LaLiga this season. Meanwhile, Vinicius Junior reached a milestone, scoring his 40th career LaLiga goal, joining an elite group of Brazilian-born players for Real Madrid.
In Serie A, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri achieved a managerial milestone, securing his 300th win in the league, a feat only previously accomplished by Giovanni Trapattoni and Nereo Rocco. Dusan Vlahovic of Juventus became the second player in the last 50 years to reach double figures in goals in two consecutive Serie A campaigns before turning 24, following in the footsteps of Paulo Dybala.
Bayer Leverkusen continued their impressive run, remaining unbeaten in their last 27 games across all competitions, with only Bayern Munich enjoying a longer streak among Bundesliga teams. SV Werder Bremen ended a 32-game winless streak against Bayern Munich, marking a historic victory in German professional football.
French Cup – Ligue 1:
Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco reached a significant milestone, scoring his 250th club goal against Toulouse in the French Cup. PSG’s Kylian Mbappe continued his stellar form, scoring a brace in the round of 32 match against US Orleans, bringing his tally to eight matches with 2+ goals this season.
Lionel Messi featured in Inter Miami’s pre-season match against El Salvador, while Cristiano Ronaldo, although not in action, received accolades at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, winning awards for Best Middle East Player, Maradona Award for the best goalscorer in 2023, and Fans’ Favourite Player of the Year.
In summary, the weekend showcased outstanding performances, historic achievements, and moments that will be remembered throughout the European football landscape. Fans can eagerly anticipate more excitement as the season unfolds.
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By- Sahiba Suri