ESPN FC’s global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Douglas Costa’s treble of assists is enough to top this week’s edition.
1. Douglas Costa | Juventus
Why he’s here: Costa entered a scoreless match in the 43rd minute. Two minutes later, he assisted on Mario Mandzukic’s opener. When the 90 minutes were up on Sunday, Juve had beaten Sampdoria 3-0, and the Brazilian had provided the assists for all three markers.
2. Vincent Kompany | Manchester City
Why he’s here: Kompany kept the prolific Harry Kane off the score sheet, provided an assist of his own, and captained City to a 3-1 win at sumptuous Spurs — oh, and was crowned Premier League champion for a third time following Manchester United’s defeat on Sunday.
3. Kevin Volland | Bayer Leverkusen
Why he’s here: Volland scored the eventual winner in Bayer Leverkusen’s victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sturday, and then added two more goals to pad the full-time score to 4-1.
4. Olivier Giroud | Chelsea
Why he’s here: Another influential substitute. Giroud entered Chelsea’s contest at Southampton in the 61st minute trailing 2-0; he scored twice in the ensuing 17 minutes to kick-start the Blues to a 3-2 comeback win on Saturday.
5. Giovani Lo Celso | Paris Saint-Germain
Why he’s here: Lo Celso excelled in PSG’s midfield, scoring twice (and providing the corner that Falcao turned into his own net) as Les Parisiens wrestled back the Ligue 1 crown from Monaco in a 7-1 win over the Monegasques on Sunday.
6. Philippe Coutinho | Barcelona
Why he’s here: Coutinho’s pair of assists led Barcelona to a 2-1 victory over third-placed Valencia on Saturday, and extended the Catalan club’s unbeaten run to a La Liga-record 39 games.
7. Sandro Wagner | Bayern Munich
Why he’s here: Wagner scored twice as Bayern were rampant in a commanding 5-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
8. Isco | Real Madrid
Why he’s here: Isco scored a sublime free kick and added an assist to his tally, orchestrating Madrid’s 2-1 win at Malaga on Sunday.
9. Angel Di Maria | Paris Saint-Germain
Why he’s here: Di Maria returned to form in PSG’s title-clinching win over Monaco, registering a pair of goals on Sunday.
10. Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace
Why he’s here: Zaha scored twice in Palace’s 3-2 win over Brighton, a victory that sees the South London club move six points clear of the relegation zone.
Also receiving votes: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Hector Herrera (Porto).
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