In a brand new weekly column written by Onz Chery, the Daily Soccer Digest brings you a recap of European soccer, striclty by the numbers. Count down with us as we roundup the Premier League’s weekend of massive results, La Liga's tops stories, Bayern Munich brushing Borussia Dortmund aside in the Bundesliga and much more!...
10. Manchester City powered past Arsenal 3-1 to become the first Premier League team to reach 10 league-wins this season. Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were on target for City. Alexandre Lacazette netted the Gunners’ lone goal. Pep Guardiola’s men extended their gap on top of the table to eight points over Manchester United with this win.
9. Nice striker’s number 9 Mario Balotelli had a typical "balotelli-esque" game against Dijon on Saturday. He converted a penalty in the 40th minute to give his side a 1-0 win and… had a straight red card. The Italian was red-carded for slide-tackling Dijon center back Cedric Yambere after losing the ball in the 89th minute.
8. Valencia won their 8th straight game on Saturday, blanking Leganes 3-0 in La Liga. Los Che’s victory over Leganes is also their 8th La Liga win of the season. Valencia sits in second place in Spain, four points behind Barcelona after ending last season in 12th place.
7. Alvaro Morata’s 7th league goal of the season granted Chelsea a 1-0 win over rivals Manchester United. Morata’s goal was a dazzling 55th-minute header assisted by César Azpilicueta. United have not defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last 7 tries.
6. Lionel Messi played his 600th game for Barca last weekend in a 2-1 win over Sevilla. Messi surprisingly didn’t score in his 600th appearance, Saturday’s fixture was actually his 6th scoreless La Liga game. But the Argentine impressively still leads La Liga in scoring this campaign with 12 goals. Oh, and Messi was born on the 6th month—and he’s 6 feet.
5. Uruguayan scoring machine Edinson Cavani bagged his 5th brace of the season in a 5-0 win over Angers. And no, Neymar didn’t score. He didn’t even play due to a left thigh injury. Kylian Mbappe netted twice and Julian Draxler once to complete PSG’s scoring summary. Cavani leads Ligue 1 in scoring with 13 goals this season.
4. Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes is rolling in his 4th term with the club. The German champions defeated BVB 3-1 with goals from Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba. Marc Bartra scored Borussia’s lone goal and American winger Christian Pulisic was praised by his head coach, Peter Bosz, post-game for his impressive performance. Bayern was winless in three games before Heynckes’ re-re-re-arrival.
3. Everton’s number 3 Leighton Baines converted a 91st minute spot kick to give his side a much needed 3rd win of the season in a 3-2 victory over Watford. The Toffees were winless in eight matches before their number three’s PK.
2. Paco Alcacer scored 2 goals for Barcelona in their 2-1 win over Sevilla. Alcacer didn’t need much playing time to build his confidence to save Barca on Saturday, the Spaniard only started 2 matches for his side this season and netted in each of the matches he started.
1. Serie A is the only top European league without a club running away with the title at the top. The gap between league toppers Napoli and Juventus narrowed to 1 point over the weekend after Maurizio Sarri’s men drew 0-0 with Chievo Verona and Juve's slime 2-1 win over Beneveto thanks to Gonzalo Higuain’s leveler and Juan Cuadrado’s winner.