European Soccer Weekend Recap by the Numbers – 12/4/2017

Paris Saint Germain lost their first game of the season to promoted side Strasbourg FC 2-1. But shockingly enough this wasn’t the most notable headline of the weekend. Goalkeepers stole the show— both offensively and defensively. Benevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli netted a 95th minute equalizer against AC Milan in Gennaro Gattuso’s first game coaching the Rossoneri club. And in England, Manchester United keeper David de Gea put up the most breathtaking performance between the sticks this season, racking 14 saves again Arsenal, a Premier League record. Daily Soccer Digest writer Onz Chery brings you another exclusive must-read recap of European soccer in this unique column. So without further ado, your weekend recap by the numbers:

10. Inter Milan is on top of the Serie A. What is this 2010? The Italian superclub fell off their standard a season after the 2009-10 campaign when they won the Serie A. The highest Inter finished in the table since then is in fourth place. But this season they’re back at their old swagger, Luciano Spalletti’s men jumped at the summit of the Serie A by a point over Napoli after sweeping past Chievo 5-0. League top scorer Mauro Icardi was on target of course. Ivan Perisic scored a hat trick and Milan (not a good name for an Inter player) Skriniar one.

9. Napoli number nine Gonzalo Higuain netted his ninth league-goal of the season against his former club Napoli on Friday in a 1-0 win. Higuain scored by steering the ball to the bottom right corner of the net from his compatriot Argentine Paulo Dybala’s pass on a counter.

8. Ex-Milan number eight Gennaro Gattuso coached his first game for his old club, that’s struggling in eighth place, on Sunday against Benevento. Gattuso was hit by a 95th minute 2-2 equalizer from Benevento scored by their goalkeeper. “Maybe it would’ve been better to get stabbed than to concede this goal,” the new Milan coach said. Good to have Gattuso back in top flight football, right?

David De Gea

7. It’s a miracle David de Gea is still in Manchester United after seven seasons. The Spanish keeper had one of the most prolific performances in his seven-years with United, tallying 14 saves against Arsenal to lead his side to a 3-1 win, a joint-record in the Premier League since records began... Oh and behind de Gea’s breathtaking display, Paul Pogba picked up a red card for planting his studs on Hector Bellerin’s thigh and will miss the Manchester derby next week. Pogba has already missed seven league-games for United.

6. Bayern Munich grew their gap on top of the Bundesliga to six points after a poor week from the other teams from the top four. Second placed RasenBallport Leipzig lost to Hoffenheim 4-0, third placed Shackle drew with FC Cologne 2-2, and fourth placed Borussia Moenchengladbach lost to Wolfsburg 3-0. Bayern downed Hannover 3-1 with goals from Robert Lewandowski, Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman. Is Bayern on its way to a sixth straight league title?

5. Kylian Mbappe’s fifth goal of the season wasn’t enough to hold PSG’s unbeaten run as the club lost for the first time in five months to Ligue 1 newcomers Strasbourg 2-1. Last time Les Parisiens lost to Strasbourg was in 2005. Nuno Da Costa scored the promoted side’s first goal and Stephane Bahoken the winner in the 65th minute.

4. Real Madrid drew for the fourth time in La Liga this season, playing a 0-0 stalemate with Athletic Bilbao. Madrid sits in fourth place. Head coach Zinedine Zidane said the team is far below Barcelona in the standings because the players “don’t score enough.” Four teams netted more than Los Blancos’ 25 goals in 14 games: Barcelona, Valencia, Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo. Madrid's number four Sergio Ramos picked up a red card (second yellow) for elbowing Artiz Arduriz on a header. Ramos is now the most red-carded player in the history of La Liga with 19 red cards.

3. Manchester City played their third straight 2-1 victory with a late winner.  It was West Ham this time and no it wasn’t Raheem Sterling who netted the winning goal. David Silva scored the winner in the 63rd minute with a semi-bicycle kick from Kevin de Bruyne’s pass.

2. Barcelona played a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo. Barca had a disallowed goal when the score was 1-1 as the assistant waived his flag for offside when video replays show that Luis Suarez was onside. It’s the second time Barca suffers a disallowed goal in a draw in La Liga as they did two weeks ago when Valencia keeper Neto fumbled Messi’s shot in his own net but was unnoticed by the referee.

1. Benevento keeper Alberto Brignoli doesn’t wear number one but he will receive top class treatment in Benevento this week for giving the club their first ever point in the Serie A. Brignoli hit a flying header via Danilo Castaldi‘s free kick in the 95th minute to grant Benevento a 2-2 draw. The last keeper who scored in the Serie A was Massimo Taibi on April 1st, 2001 for Reggina in a 1-1 draw against Udinese.