In FIFA.com’s weekly look at the numbers behind the stories in world football, Gedo’s heroics at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Paulo Victor Barreto’s free-scoring form and landmark goals from Wayne Rooney and Fraser Fyvie feature alongside a hoodoo-busting win for Real Madrid.
Premier League goals was the milestone reached by Wayne Rooney in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday. The England forward is in the form of his life and already has 20 top-flight goals to his name this term – more than last season’s top scorer, Nicolas Anelka, managed in the entire campaign. With this latest landmark looming, Arsenal must have feared the worst; after all, Rooney scored his first-ever Premier League goal against the Gunners, and his first for Manchester United also came against Arsene Wenger’s side. However, despite suffering a hugely damaging defeat against their title rivals, Arsenal did claim a record of their own, reaching 60 Premier League goals for the season faster than any side in the division’s history.
years and three months after their last competitive victory in La Coruna, Real Madrid finally lifted the curse of the Riazor on Saturday with a 3-1 win. Since their last success there on 2 November 1991, Los Merengues had gone 18 matches – 17 in the league and one in the Super Cup – without once claiming victory, their longest non-winning streak against any club. If anything, the record had worsened in recent years, and Real went into Saturday’s match on a six-match losing streak in La Coruna, leaving them within another defeat of the longest losing sequence in the club's history. As it was, Manuel Pellegrini’s side ended the hoodoo in some style, with Guti marking his return to the side with arguably the assist of the season: a delicious back-heel to set up Karim Benzema for the second of Real’s three goals.
years and ten months was the age at which Fraser Fyvie last week became the youngest scorer in Scottish Premier League history. In netting his first senior goal in Aberdeen's 3-0 win at Hearts, the youngster eclipsed the previous benchmark set by Dundee United’s David Goodwillie, who was one month and four days older when he was on target against Hibernian in March 2006. The day after his landmark strike, Fyvie – who had also become Aberdeen’s youngest-ever player earlier in the season – committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract. The Pittodrie club had already attempted to fend off interest in the Scotland U-17 captain by setting a £10m asking price for those tracking his progress.
goals in his last eight Serie A matches have established Bari's Paulo Vitor Barreto as the form striker in Italy, and a genuine contender for the league’s top scorer award. The on-song Brazilian, who is on loan at the Stadio San Nicola from Udinese, scored just twice in his first 11 games of the season, but this recent run of form has sent him rocketing into joint-third position on the Italian scoring chart, alongside Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini. Udinese's Antonio Di Natale and Diego Milito of Inter Milan still lead the way on 13 goals apiece, but Barreto is now just two behind, having moved past the likes of Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho and Alberto Gilardino. Thanks largely to the 24-year-old's prolificacy, Bari have found the target in each of their last 11 Serie A matches and, at the weekend, ended Palermo’s seven-game unbeaten run with a 4-2 win, becoming the first side to put four goals past the Sicilians since Juventus in November 2007.
goals earned Mohamed 'Gedo' Nagy the top scorer award at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations – despite the Al Ittihad striker not starting a single match. In fact, the 25-year-old managed just eight shots over the entire tournament, giving him a success rate of 63 per cent and firmly establishing him among the ranks of football’s great supersubs. Gedo might have been an unlikely hero, but there was nothing surprising in this latest, record-breaking triumph for Egypt at Africa’s showpiece event. In edging Ghana 1-0 in a tense final, the Pharaohs extended their record 19-match unbeaten streak at the CAN and became the first nation to win the trophy at three successive editions, eclipsing a record they had previously shared with the Black Stars. And while Gedo stole the headlines at the other end, Egypt’s defence maintained their proud record of having kept a clean sheet in each of their last four CAN finals.