In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, a record-breaking Tim Cahill goal comes under the microscope along with a red card in Portugal, a stalemate in Spain, a remarkable record in Italy and a century in England.
Premier League goals was the landmark reached by Steven Gerrard on Saturday in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United. The Reds captain slotted home from the penalty spot in his 449th league appearance to become only the club’s third player, after Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, to complete such a century. The goal came almost 14 years after Gerrard’s first, against Sheffield Wednesday on 5 December 1999, and was his 20th successful penalty conversion. Team-mate Daniel Sturridge was also on target and has now found the net in each of his last six away Premier League matches, a record only Robin van Persie (9) can better.
consecutive matches was the point at which Barcelona’s mammoth La Liga scoring run came to an end on Saturday. The Spanish champions drew 0-0 at Osasuna, bringing to a close a streak that began in January 2012 and almost doubled the previous record, set by Real Madrid’s 35-match run. The goalless draw also ended Barça’s club record run of eight successive wins at the start of their league campaign. Nonetheless, Gerardo Martino’s side remain unbeaten in 14 competitive matches this season and have notched up eight clean sheets along the way. Indeed, keeping out Osasuna enabled Victor Valdes to equal Iker Casillas’s tally of 165 clean sheets in La Liga.
seconds were on the clock when Tim Cahill scored the fastest goal in Major League Soccer history on Sunday. The speed with which the Australia international struck comfortably earned him the US top flight record, beating by a clear three seconds the previous quickest, scored by Dwayne De Rosario in 2003. Cahill had himself taken the centre before charging forward to receive a long, drilled pass from Dax McCarty, which he brought down on his chest and smashed into the top corner from the edge of the area. The goal, Cahill’s fourth in his last five league appearances, set New York Red Bulls on the road to a 3-0 win over Houston Dynamo. It also leaves them needing just one more win at home to Chicago Fire on Sunday to guarantee the Supporters Shield for the best regular season record in either MLS conference.
yellow cards within 20 seconds of each other saw Porto’s Hector Herrera earn a dismissal after just six minutes of Porto’s 1-0 defeat to Zenit last night. It was the fastest such sending off in the history of the UEFA Champions League, although there have been two quicker straight red cards: Newcastle United’s Craig Bellamy and Werder Bremen's Valerien Ismael both went after five minutes, and both in matches against Inter Milan. Porto struggled without their Mexican midfielder and have now lost back-to-back home Champions League matches for the first time in over 11 years. Nor were they the only team to toil in their own backyard. Schalke suffered their biggest-ever home Champions League reverse, going down 3-0 to Chelsea and ending Jose Mourinho’s six-match losing streak away to German teams. Steaua Bucharest, meanwhile, set a new competition record by failing to win for the 12th successive home match, eclipsing Spartak Moscow’s existing benchmark, set between 2001 and 2006.
goal is all that Roma have conceded in their opening eight Serie A matches, enabling them to equal the league record. I Giallarossi are also celebrating having won their first eight Serie A matches for the first time in their history, a feat that only Juventus – in 1930/31, 1985/86 and 2005/06 – had previously achieved. Juve themselves endured a weekend to forget, letting slip a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 4-2 at Fiorentina. It was the Florence outfit’s first home win over Juventus since Gabriel Batistuta scored the only goal of a December 1998 encounter, and the hero on this occasion was Giuseppe Rossi, who claimed his first-ever career hat-trick. It was the first match in which Antonio Conte’s Juve have conceded four goals and brought to an end the champions’ ten-match unbeaten run in all competitions.