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Man City, PSG and PSV clinching league titles, Barcelona breaking records and much more feature in this week’s In Case You Missed It.
Catch all the action from Serie A’s top teams as Juventus increased their lead to six points over Napoli.

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.

Douglas Costa's three assists against Sampdoria earned him the No. 1 spot in our Player Power Rankings.
Douglas Costa’s hat trick of assists were enough to be No. 1 in this week’s edition of Player Power Rankings.

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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