Lionel Messi leads the Team of the Week in La Liga after his outstanding performance for Barcelona in the 5-1 win against Alaves.After being rested for the previous league match against Betis, Messi (10) was restored to the starting XI for league action versus Alaves, and he looked dangerous from pretty much the opening whistle.He would score two and set-up another in the game, with his first coming via a whipped strike in off the post from 25 yards.It would have taken a lot to better his opening goal, but he managed it, with an absolutely beautiful curled effort into the top left corner from around the same distance.Messi’s assist would be for Francisco Trincao, but he also played a huge part in the fifth and final goal, too, as it was his delightful scooped pass over the top of the Alaves defence which was met by Antoine Griezmann to assist Junior Firpo.Trincao (8.8) makes the Team of the Week too after his first ever double for the Blaugrana.Leading the line is Celta’s Santi Mina (8.7) who scored two to end his team’s run of six without a win with victory versus Elche.Making up the front four is Alex Berenguer (9.1), who also scored two goals, this time for Athletic Bilbao in an impressive 4-0 away win at Cadiz.Toni Kroos (9.5) kept things ticking over in midfield for Real Madrid as he usually, does, completing 101/107 passes and enjoying 115 touches of the ball. He did, however, also play a part in both goals in the 2-0 win against Valencia with a goal of his own plus an assist.Sergio Canales (8.3) joins him in midfield following a solid outing for Betis.Firpo (7.7) makes it in at left-back following his goal for Barcelona, while he also misplaced just four out of 57 attempted passes.Nobody had more touches of the ball or completed more passes this weekend than Clement Lenglet (7.5) with tallies of 121 and 106.Lucas Vazquez (8.2) is the only substitute in the Team of the Week, as he replaced Dani Carvajal in the first half for Real Madrid to go on and earn himself an assist for Kroos.Diego Carlos (7.6) makes up the back four.Osasuna earned a potentially vital 1-0 win away at Levante, and have goalkeeper Sergio Herrera (8.4) to thank after his four saves to earn his clean sheet.LA LIGA TEAM OF THE WEEK
Lionel Messi scored two goals of the highest quality in La Liga this weekend to take his tally to 15 for the season.Both of the Argentine’s goals were scored from outside the box in superb fashion, as he helped Barcelona on their way to a 5-1 win against Alaves.Messi may now make our leaderboard, but he is still some way off reaching the runaway leader, Robert Lewandowski.The Bayern striker scored again on Monday in the German side’s rearranged Bundesliga match versus Arminia Bielefeld which was moved due to their Club World Cup exploits over the weekend.Lewandowski now has 25 goals and 50 points.His nearest rival for the Golden Shoe is fellow Bundesliga striker Andre Silva, who has now scored 18 for the season.Liverpool may have lost against Leicester, but Mohamed Salah still scored a lovely goal to take his tally to 17.Georgios Giakoumakis of Venlo has scored an impressive 22 goals and is the highest player on our list who doesn’t feature within one of Europe’s top five leagues.A talented group on 16 goals for the campaign includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Romelu Lukaku, and Luis Suarez.2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE STANDINGS 2020/21 European Golden ShoeA reminder: The five elite leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – all carry a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these competitions. For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in Uefa’s coefficients rankings goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outwith the top 30, goals are given a weighting of 1. Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in a tremendous Serie A season. 2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE (Summer Leagues) 2020 European Golden ShoePlayerTeamGoalsPointsKasper JunkerBomo/Glimt2740.5Amahl PellegrinoKristiansund2537.5Philip ZinckernagelBodo/Glimt1928.5Christoffer NymanNorrköping1827Rauno SappinenFlora Tallinn2626Veton BerishaViking1624Astrit SelmaniVerbergs1522.5Mushaga BakengaOdds BK1522.5Moses OgbuMjallby1421Anders ChristiansenMalmo1319.5Leke JamesMolde1219.5Maksim SkavyshBATE Borisov1919This is the 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race. If you want to see the final standing for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, follow this link.
Barcelona enjoyed an impressive night as they thumped Alavés 5-1 in La Liga on Saturday.Lionel Messi was the star of the show, earning a perfect 10 FC Rating with a stunning performance.Barca forward Messi made his 505th league appearance in the match to ensure he equalled the club record held by the great Xavi.Barcelona 5-1 Alaves: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player StatsAs a result, his performance and record captured much of the attention.However, it was also a hugely positive night for Trincão in his first La Liga start. Let’s take a look at the details.📷 Trincao: Match Snapshot⚽ GOAL ⏱️ 29′ Trincão put Barcelona ahead just before the half-hour mark, lashing in with his left foot after an intelligent cut-back from Ilaix Moriba.Messi had a goal disallowed for a questionable offside against Antoine Griezmann before he netted a wonderful long-range strike that did stand on the stroke of half-time.Luis Rioja scored for visitors Alavés, but Trincão ended the match as a contest.⚽ GOAL ⏱️ 74′ Messi raced through on goal and was challenged by goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco. The ball fell into the path of the onrushing Trincão, who delivered a cool left-footed finish on the rebound.Messi scored another wonderful goal a minute later and Firpo soon made it five.Trincão thought he had a famous hat-trick late on when he scored after being slipped through by Messi, but an offside flag denied him.A €31 million signing from Braga, Trincão completed two dribbles in the match, tied for the game high. The 21-year-old also had four shots, three of which were on target, and five touches in the opposition box, behind only Messi and Griezmann (both 7).〽️ Trincao: Rating Week-on-Week✔️ IMPROVEMENTThis was easily the best performance from Trincão in a Barca shirt, as he finished with an impressive 8.8 FC Rating. Only Messi was ranked higher.That was a big improvement on the 7.2 FC Rating he got against Real Betis in his last appearance, though he also scored and impressed in that game as a substitute.”It was a question of confidence,” head coach Ronald Koeman said of Trincão after the Alavés match.”You also have to give him the benefit of the doubt while he adapts. He is quick and he can go past people.”🗝️ Key StatsTrincao: What Next?Barcelona will see their season reach a pivotal point on Tuesday when they face PSG at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Despite his fine display here and the fact he started in four of the group-stage games, you would suspect Trincão is unlikely to play a prominent role in that one.However, he should be right in the mix for the league matches against Cadiz, Elche and Sevilla that follow the PSG game.With Koeman still waiting for key players to return from injury and rotating his squad amid a hectic fixture list, the display against Alavés must have pushed Trincão up the pecking order.Barcelona 5-1 Alaves: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats
Bayern won 1-0 versus Hertha at the weekend with the only goal of the game being scored by Kingsley Coman.Robert Lewandowski actually missed a penalty in that one and so failed to take the opportunity to add to his goalscoring tally for the season, which currently stands at 24.Even though he still holds a commanding lead, others were able to close the gap slightly, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, and Luis Suarez all getting on the scoresheet for their respective sides.Silva has now scored 17 for Eintracht Frankfurt this campaign, and currently represents the biggest threat to Lewandowski as the leader, even if the Portuguese forward is seven goals adrift.Genk’s Paul Onuachu still finds himself high in the standings despite the disadvantage of the competition weighting.Ronaldo, Suarez, and Kylian Mbappe have all scored 16 goals so far this season and are on 32 points.There is a talented group on 28 points which includes Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ciro Immobile, and Wout Weghorst.Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s only goal of the game in the defeat versus Man City, and moves on to 15 strikes for the season.2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE STANDINGS 2020/21 European Golden ShoeAt this stage of the season, the leagues that run on the calendar year – ie 2020 – inevitably get a head start but these days with the league weightings, very few are still there by the end of the traditional 2020/21 campaign. A reminder: The five elite leagues – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – all carry a weighting of 2, meaning that a player will be awarded two points for every goal they score in these competitions. For the leagues ranked sixth to 30 in Uefa’s coefficients rankings goals scored are given a weighting of 1.5, and goals scored in a league outwith the top 30, goals are given a weighting of 1. Ciro Immobile won the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, scoring 36 goals for Lazio in a tremendous Serie A season. 2020/21 EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE (Summer Leagues) 2020 European Golden ShoePlayerTeamGoalsPointsKasper JunkerBomo/Glimt2740.5Amahl PellegrinoKristiansund2537.5Philip ZinckernagelBodo/Glimt1928.5Christoffer NymanNorrköping1827Rauno SappinenFlora Tallinn2626Veton BerishaViking1624Jasur YakhshiboevPakhtakor Tashkent1624Astrit SelmaniVerbergs1522.5Mushaga BakengaOdds BK1522.5Moses OgbuMjallby1421Anders ChristiansenMalmo1319.5Leke JamesMolde1219.5Maksim SkavyshBATE Borisov1919This is the 2020/21 European Golden Shoe race. If you want to see the final standing for the 2019/20 European Golden Shoe, follow this link.
Atletico Madrid took a small step towards the Primera Division title on Monday as they draw 2-2 at home to Celta thanks to a double from Luis Suarez.It was very nearly typical clinical performance from Diego Simeone’s men, who had former Barcelona and Liverpool striker Suarez at his best as they moved to within a hair of the win as he scored either side of half-time after Santi Mina had put the visitors into the lead.Celta, however, hit back late on to give Barcelona and Real Madrid a glimmer of hope in the title race.Here’s how Suarez’s game panned out.Atletico Madrid 2-1 Celta Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats📷 Luis Suarez: Match SnapshotIt was a frustrating start to the game for Atletico Madrid as they struggled to make inroads after Santi Mina dived to head the visiting side into the lead. As half-time approached, they had not even managed a shot on target…⚽ ⏱️ 45′ Marcos Llorente finds space on the right and delivers a wonderful pass towards Luis Suarez. Rushing towards the visiting goal, he slides to covert with his right foot. It’s a big turning point in the game.⚽ ⏱️ 50′ This time the danger comes from the left. Geoffrey Kondogbia finds Lodi, whose low cross along the six-yard box is met by the unmarked Suarez.Even his efforts, though, were not enough to stop Celta snatching a late leveller through Facundo Ferreyra.〽️ Luis Suarez: Rating Week-on-Week✔️ IMPROVEMENTSuarez is currently one of the most in-form strikers in the world game, yet his 8.3 FC Rating is still the best he has managed in 2021. Seven goals in his last four games and 11 strikes in his last nine outings means that he is consistently scoring well, though.🗝️ Key Stats Luis Suarez match statsStatisticValueNotesFC Rating8.1Man of the MatchMins Played90Goals2Shots2Rank #1Shots on Target2Rank #1Touches in the box6Rank #1Suarez: What Next?Suarez’s form can scarcely get any better and is one of the chief reasons that Atletico Madrid are eight points clear at the top of La Liga. Trips to Granada and Levante follow next week, with the side from Valencia visiting the capital three days later after the midweek match. All Suarez can do is work to maintain this incredible scoring streak.Luis Suarez: Player Statistics, Career Stats and PositionAtletico Madrid 2-1 Celta Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats
Huesca 1-2 Real Madrid Player Ratings: Varane double earns Zidane’s side vital points in late comeback victory
Real Madrid got back to winning ways in the Spanish Primera Division with a hardfought 2-1 victory over Huesca. Following a fiery press conference that saw Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane shout down speculation about his job, the French coach watched his side come from behind to win and claim an important three points for their season and his job security. Huesca v Real Madrid: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player StatsSo which players stood out most?✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCECasemiro: 8.4In a match that truly put Madrid to the sword with an opening goal from Javier Galan just a few minutes into the second half, Zidane needed his big players to step up and drive his side on to victory. In the case of Casemiro, that’s exactly what the Brazilian midfielder did. Whether through interceptions, key passes or a shot that eventually led to the all-important winning goal, the midfielder was everywhere and the difference on the day to ensure Madrid picked up a vital three points. ❌ BAD PERFORMANCELuka Modric: 6.6While a 6.6 rating is by no means the worst rating a player can get, Modric was Madrid’s poorest outfield player aside from left-back Marcelo – and that’s because the defender only played 23 minutes of football. Indeed, the Croatian international is usually Madrid’s go-to playmaker and match winner but on Saturday he offered very little in attack by failing to register a single shot over the course of the 90 minutes and just 30 passes into the final third. ⭐ STAR MANRaphael Varane: 9.4It’s very rarely a good sign for any team when they need to depend on their defenders to score their goals but Madrid would have undoubtedly appreciated Raphael Varane’s efforts in front of goal on Saturday. Not only did the French international show up at the right place in the right time when he knocked home a rebound in the 55th minute to equalise for Zidane’s side, but he then snatched a late winner six minutes before time when he fired home yet another rebound after a big save from Casemiro’s shot. Huesca v Real Madrid: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats
Manchester United are the team in Europe’s top five leagues that are most dangerous in injury time at the end of games.For years under Sir Alex Ferguson, United were known for their propensity to score key late goals. Indeed, the intimidating figure cut by Ferguson on the touchline, and the subsequent pressure the referee was said to be under, led to this period being known as ‘Fergie Time’.Current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the scorer of one of the most famous of these goals as he netted in the 1999 Champions League final as Man Utd came back from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 down very late on.His side appear to have inherited the knack of scoring late on, too.Which team scores the most late goals?United have scored six times this season after the 90th minute – no other team in Europe has more that four. Indeed, each of Europe’s top leagues has at least one team on that mark, with Real Madrid and Milan the most notable.Meanwhile, Man Utd’s great rivals Liverpool do not have a single stoppage-time goal to their name this season. Goals after 90 mins in Europe’s Big 5 LeaguesClubGoals🇽🇪 Manchester United6🇪🇸 Real Madrid4🇪🇸 Real Betis4🇩🇪 Stuttgart4🇮🇹 Milan4🇮🇹 Sassuolo4🇫🇷 Brest4🇫🇷 Lorient4In terms of teams that finishes matches strong, though, it is Paris Saint-Germain who are the most prolific side in the 75th minute or later. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have scored 15 goals in that period.Juventus, too, are also prolific in the closing stages of games. Andrea Pirlo’s men may be third in the Serie A standings, but they are top when it comes to performing late on, with 14 goals. Goals after 75 mins in Europe’s Big 5 LeaguesThe best side in Spain, meanwhile, are runaway league leaders Atletico Madrid, who have netted 12 times in the closing stages of matches. That mark is equalled in the Premier League by Chelsea and Leicester, as well as in Italy by Inter and Sassuolo.Germany is the league in which there has been least late action, although Bayern Munich have still managed to score 11 times in the closing minutes. They are matched by Stuttgart.