In FIFA.com’s latest statistical review, we look at Lionel Messi’s latest scoring feat, Rosenborg’s remarkable consistency, Welliton’s speedy hat-trick, a glut of 6-0 wins in England and a draining encounter in the south of France.
litres of water and 30 kilograms of ice were used by Montpellier and Caen as they attempted to keep cool in temperatures that climbed to 42 degrees. Perhaps unsurprisingly, energy and inspiration were in short supply among these French rivals as hosts Montpellier held a Caen side who could have joined Toulouse at the top of Ligue 1 with victory. Instead, TFC ended the weekend with sole ownership of top spot, having kicked off the season with three straight wins – their best start to a Ligue 1 campaign in 28 years.
league games over the past two seasons have yielded just a single defeat for Rosenborg. The Norwegian champions, who remain unbeaten in 21 matches this season, lost just once last time around – and that solitary reverse in October 2009 came after they had already sewn up the Tippeligaen crown. With form this consistent, it is hardly a surprise that the Trondheim outfit are nine points clear at the top and rapidly closing in on a 22nd championship crown. Indeed, in world football, only Nepal Police Club and Malaysian outfit Kelantan – both of whom have gone 22 games without losing – are protecting longer unbeaten runs. The hero of Rosenborg’s latest success, a 3-1 win over Molde, was Roar Strand, who at 40 years and 201 days became the week’s oldest goalscorer. The veteran midfielder, who made his debut for the club in 1989, is one of only two players to score in 21 consecutive top-flight seasons in Europe, with the other being a certain Ryan Giggs.
minutes was all Welliton required to score the week’s fastest hat-trick - his second in as many matches - and shoot to the top of the Russian Premier League scoring charts. The Spartak Moscow striker, who is attempting to finish as the division's leading marksman for the second season in succession, struck three times between the 52nd and 58th minutes to set the capital club on their way to a 4-2 win over Tom Tomsk. Spartak have endured a difficult campaign and currently lie sixth, 14 points behind leaders Zenit. However, their Brazilian talisman has been in electric form of late, with his six-goal haul from the club’s last two matches taking him on to 14 for the season, one ahead of his closest challenger in the scoring stakes, Lokomotiv’s Oleksandr Aliev.
6-0 victories in 20 matches have established this lop-sided scoreline as the most common in the 2010/11 English Premier League thus far. Chelsea’s thumping wins over West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United’s unlikely trouncing of Aston Villa and Arsenal’s clinical destruction of ten-man Blackpool ensured that 6-0 occurred once more than the next-most popular result, 2-1. Indeed, the past weekend alone yielded 15 per cent of all the 6-0 wins in the Premier League’s entire history. Didier Drogba has been heavily involved in two of the four, following up a hat-trick of goals against West Brom with a treble of assists away to Wigan on Saturday. Reinforcing his value to the Blues, the Ivorian can lay now claim to having either scored or set up 26 goals in his last 18 league matches.
goals in Barcelona’s 4-0 Spanish Super Cup triumph over Sevilla took Lionel Messi on to 130 for the Catalans, level with Samuel Eto’o and Rivaldo. It was the Argentinian’s seventh hat-trick for the Spanish champions – no-one in the club’s history can match this tally – and takes him to joint-seventh on their all-time scorers' chart. Next in Messi’s sights are Angel Arocha and Paulino Alcantara, on 134 and 137 respectively, and then the challenge will be to edge closer to a top four that currently constitutes Josep Escola (164), Josep Samitier (178), Ladislao Kubala (194) and Barça’s most prolific ever marsksman, Cesar Rodríguez (235). Spare a thought for Andres Palop though, with the Sevilla No1 – who has been beaten 11 times by Messi – having conceded more goals to the Albiceleste star than any other keeper.