Unusual occurrences dominate FIFA.com’s latest statistical review, with Real Madrid’s scoring form the exception in a week that featured another Apoel Nicosia upset, an unexpected champion in Armenia, a surprising hat-trick hero in Italy and a sensational scoreline in the Manchester derby.
years, one month and 13 days: that was how long it had been since Manchester United last conceded six goals at home prior to Manchester City’s 6-1 win on Sunday. Huddersfield Town were the 6-0 winners back in September 1930, but no-one expected to see a similar indignity inflicted on a team that has become England’s most successful club in the decades since. City’s stunning triumph, which equalled the biggest ever margin of victory in a Manchester derby, represented United’s heaviest defeat of the Premier League era and their worst at Old Trafford since 1955. No wonder Sir Alex Ferguson later described it as the darkest day of his 54-year career as player and manager. The Scot’s side have, in truth, looked defensively suspect for much of the season, with their shots against average of 18.7-per-game the highest in the entire division.
goals have been scored by Real Madrid in their last six competitive matches, leaving Los Merengues within touching distance of a new La Liga record. No team in the history of the Spanish top flight has ever scored more than four goals in five successive games, and having made it four at the weekend - becoming the first side to do so since Atletico Bilbao in 1958/59 – Real can make history this evening when they face up to struggling Villarreal. El Submarino Amarillo have the third-worst defensive record in La Liga this season and, having failed to win any of their last six matches, could do without facing a side containing the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese scored the 11th hat-trick of his Real career against Malaga on Saturday and is now within two goals of reaching the century mark, with his current tally for the club standing at 98 in 102 appearances. Barcelona, for their part, were not able to find the same kind of penetration against Sevilla and failed to score for the first time since Deportivo La Coruna shut them out on 15 May. The reigning champions did, however, keep an eighth consecutive La Liga clean sheet at the Camp Nou, which equates to their best run since 1997 and leaves them one short of a club record set 25 years ago.
minutes was all Kevin-Prince Boateng needed to score the week’s fastest hat-trick and equal his goal tally for the whole of last season. The midfielder’s treble was the first scored by a Milan player since Ronaldinho in January 2010 and the quickest seen in Serie A since David Trezeguet scored three times inside ten minutes for Juventus on 29 January 2006. Nonetheless, although Boateng inspired a stirring comeback win, I Rossoneri still lag five five places behind an Udinese side who moved top at the weekend, setting a new club record by stretching their unbeaten start to the season to seven matches. I Friulani’s goal is unbreached in 447 minutes of Serie A and UEFA Europa League football, and they have conceded just one goal in their league campaign thus far. At the other end, meanwhile, Antonio Di Natale continues to inspire, having been directly involved in his team’s last four goals, scoring three and assisting the other. With six goals already to his name, the Udinese talisman is once again topping the Italian scoring chart and remains firmly on course to become the first player since Michel Platini to finish Capocannoniere in three successive seasons.
successive championships was the run that came to an end for Armenia’s Pyunik Yerevan on Saturday as Ulysses Yerevan claimed the title with two games to spare. The latter’s triumph, which was the first of their history and the culmination of a ten-match unbeaten run, came at the expense of the longest active sequence of consecutive championships in world football. Pyunik had been closing on the record of 15 held by Tafea FC of Vanuatu, whose reign lasted from 1994 until 2009, and on the European benchmark set when Skonto Riga won 14 in succession between 1990 and 2004.
yellow cards were shown to Porto in last Wednesday’s 1-1 with Apoel Nicosia, equalling the UEFA Champions League record set by Roma against Lyon in 2007. If frustration led to the Portuguese champions earning so many cautions, perhaps that can be attributed to the fact that they have attempted more shots than any other side in this season’s competition (65) and still managed only four goals. Apoel, meanwhile – who began the match with as many Portuguese players in their line-up as Porto - continue to lead Group G and are now undefeated in their last five Champions League group matches.