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Goals Galore: European Football Weekend Recap

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This weekend’s European football delivered thrilling matches and noteworthy performances, impacting the title race across leagues. Arsenal secured a 3-1 victory over league leaders Liverpool in the Premier League. Meanwhile, in La Liga, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played to a 1-1 draw, and Barcelona triumphed over Alaves with a 3-1 win.

In the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen maintained their unbeaten status with a victory, while Bayern Munich also secured a win. Serie A featured a crucial clash between Inter Milan and Juventus, with Inter emerging victorious 1-0, extending their lead at the top by four points.

Here are some key statistics from the weekend, according to ESPN’s By The Numbers:

Premier League:

  1. Chelsea’s Defensive Woes: Chelsea conceded four or more goals in consecutive league games for the second time under manager Mauricio Pochettino, a rare occurrence since December 1989.
  2. Hoijlund’s Record: Rasmus Hojlund, 21, became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Premier League appearances for Manchester United.
  3. Saka’s Impressive Stats: Bukayo Saka joined Darwin Nunez as the only players from Europe’s top five leagues with over 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season.
  4. Watkins’ Double Figures: Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins reached double figures for both goals and assists in the Premier League, a feat not achieved by a Villa player since Dwight Yorke in 1995-96.
  5. Richarlison’s Variety: Tottenham’s Richarlison showcased versatility by scoring 10 Premier League goals this season, with four using his left foot, three with his right foot, and three with his head.

La Liga:

  1. Gundogan’s Assists: Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan provided nine assists this season in all competitions, marking his best tally in a single campaign in Europe’s top five leagues.
  2. Roque’s Milestone: Barcelona’s Vitor Roque became the second youngest player in the 21st century to score and be sent off in the same match after Fernando Torres in September 2002.

Serie A:

  1. Inter Milan’s Streak: Inter Milan secured victories in their first six matches in 2024 in all competitions, achieving this feat for the third time in a single calendar year.
  2. Jovic’s Impact: Luka Jovic’s eight of 11 career Serie A goals have come as a substitute, including game-winning goals.
  3. Giroud’s Double Contribution: AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud joined an elite group of players with 8+ goals scored (11 for him) and 8+ assists in the 2023-24 season.

Bundesliga:

  1. Kane’s Record: Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane tied Luca Toni’s record for the most Bundesliga goals by a Bayern Munich player in their debut season, scoring 24 goals.
  2. Wirtz’s Assists: Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz led with 13 assists in all competitions this season, the highest among players from Europe’s top five leagues.

Ligue 1:

  1. Mbappe’s Milestone: PSG’s Kylian Mbappe reached 20 league goals for the season, contributing to his team’s 2-1 victory over Strasbourg.

This weekend showcased outstanding performances and key moments that will impact the race for league titles across Europe.

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By- Sahiba Suri

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