Who won the weekend slate? And who stunk out the joint? FOXSoccer.com fetes the stars who shone and shames the players who simply didn’t show up. Here are the studs and duds. -- FOXSoccer.com's Jamie Trecker
STUD: Robert Huth (Leicester City)
The big man in the middle popped up for two goals and several vital blocks Saturday, leading the Foxes five points clear atop the Premier League table. The battling performance also showcased how Leicester are getting goals from across their lineup.
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DUD: Simon Mignolet, Liverpool
Lucky to have already signed that new contract, Mignolet let in a saveable free-kick to start Sunderland’s comeback and looked shaky during a key ten-minute late-game collapse. Mignolet is not as bad as his detractors in the Kop claim – but he seems to have been bit by the yips.
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STUD: Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
A brilliant performance in what was unfortunately a losing cause. Blameless on the lone goal, Gomes kept Watford in the game – and save for one goal, kept his former club off the board. It was unorthodox at times, but it reminded everyone of what Gomes can do on his day.
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DUD: Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Another feckless performance from City’s nominal leader that saw him yanked after just 52 minutes. Utterly unable to contain the Leicester midfield, Toure is starting to look like yesterday’s player at a club soon to undergoing seismic change with the arrival of Pep Guardiola. Displays like this will see him out the door.
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STUD: Fernando Torres (Atletico)
Torres bagged his 100th goal Saturday for Atletico in a vital win over Eibar that righted the ship. Torres’ goal came late -- in a 15-minute cameo -- that will give Atleti hope one of their best-loved and potentially vital players is back to full fitness at last.
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DUD: Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Wanyama foolishly headhunted Dimitri Payet and took a straight red card as a result – while his team was clinging to a 1-0 lead. Brainless and damaging, Wanyama should have a nice spell on the bench to think about putting his team under the cosh.
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Stud: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Sparked the Gunners to their first win in five league games with a classy goal on 21 minutes to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth. Ozil, Arsenal’s best player this season, had another dominant display in the middle of the park to revive the Gunners’ stuttering title chase.
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Dud: Johan Djourou (Hamburg)
Djourou had another poor outing for Hamburg today, allowing the first goal when Simon Zoller cheekily eased the former Arsenal man off the ball to get a clean strike on goal. It was a poor display, but Hamburg were rescued later to secure a 1-1 draw.
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Stud: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
The man you love to hate popped up at the end of a tight match to steal a point for Chelsea against Manchester United, keeping Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten streak with the club alive. He darn near won it as well, with David De Gea making a huge stop late. The result is likely to pile more pressure on the embattled Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.
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Dud: Daniel Navarro (Levante)
Poor Navarro conceded a “cheeky” own goal against Barcelona today when Jodi Alba’s cross struck him in the backside on 21 minutes to bounce into the net. Navarro was trying to get out of the way at the time, but the hapless defender wasn’t agile enough to evade the danger.