A championship for Guangzhou Evergrande, a quick goal from Sulley Muntari, a flawless start by Gerardo Martino and a speedy hat-trick from Pierre-Michel Lasogga feature alongside Manchester United’s latest boy wonder in FIFA.com’s latest stats piece.
seconds were on the clock on Sunday when Sulley Muntari scored the fastest Serie A goal in almost a year. Not since Arturo Vidal found the net after just 18 seconds for Juventus last November has there been a speedier strike in the Italian top flight, and Muntari wasn’t the only player to make a swift impact in Milan's enthralling 3-2 defeat at Juve. Sebastian Giovinco took just one minute and 46 seconds to score after coming off the bench – the quickest goal by a Serie A substitute this term – and ended a league scoring drought that had stretched back almost seven months. Also on target was Andrea Pirlo, who has now scored 22 direct free-kicks in Serie A alone, putting him level with Juve legend Alessandro Del Piero. In the past three decades, only Sinisa Mihajlovic - with 28 - has a better set-piece record in Italy. Roma, meanwhile, continued their best-ever start to a league season with a 3-0 win at Inter Milan - their biggest win in the San Siro against either of the Milan clubs.
years and 242 days was the age at which Adnan Januzaj became the youngest player to score a Premier League brace for Manchester United. Januzaj also became just the second United player - Ruud van Nistelrooy having been the first - to find the net twice on his first Premier League start. The youngster proved to be the Red Devils’ match-winner and his first goal, the 150th of the current Premier League season, brought to an end a run of 504 minutes without a goal from open play for the reigning champions. At the other end of United’s age spectrum, Ryan Giggs made history last Wednesday by playing in his 145th UEFA Champions League/European Cup match, surpassing Raul’s previous benchmark. Giggs is participating in the Champions League for a record 19th season, and has played against 50 different opponents in the competition - more than any other player.
minutes was all that Pierre-Michel Lasogga required to score the week’s fastest hat-trick in Hamburg’s 5-0 win over Nurnberg. The 21-year-old German duly became the first player since Karlsruhe's Sean Dundee in August 1996 to score a Bundesliga treble in such a short space of time. His goals went a long way towards inflicting on Nurnberg their heaviest top-flight defeat since April 1984, when they went down 6-0 at home to Stuttgart. They have also played their part establishing an impressive average of 3.31 goals-per-game in the Bundesliga this season – the highest ratio since 1984/85. Indeed, Germany’s is the only one of Europe’s top five leagues yet to see a 0-0 draw in the 2013/14 season.
wins in as many La Liga matches is the run that has given Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino a record-breaking start to the season. Never before has a new coach won his first eight fixtures in the Spanish top flight, though Martino’s side are not clear of the pack thanks to Atletico Madrid’s similarly flawless start to the campaign. The top two's identical run of success is all the more remarkable as only Real Madrid – in seasons 1961/62, 1968/69 and 1987/88 – had previously registered eight straight wins at the outset of a La Liga campaign. Barcelona, in fact, have now won 19 successive league matches at home – the first time they have managed this feat in almost four decades. Saturday’s 4-1 win over Osasuna was also the 64th successive La Liga match in which the Catalans have scored.
successive Chinese Super League titles have now been won by Guangzhou Evergrande after they wrapped up their latest championship with a 4-2 win away to Shandong Luneng, their only remaining challengers. It was the fifth successive match – including three AFC Champions League fixtures – in which Marcello Lippi’s side have scored four times, and it extended their lead at the top to 14 points with just three rounds of matches remaining. Guangzhou, who are also aiming for continental glory after a resounding 8-1 aggregate win over Kashiwa Reysol in the Champions League semi-final, have been utterly dominant throughout this Super League campaign. In 26 matches, they have lost just once, scored 68 with only 15 in reply – half the number of goals conceded by second-placed Shandong.