In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, we reflect on a week to remember for Mathieu Flamini, Houston Dynamo and young Jordan Allan, and one that Newcastle United and Boca Juniors will be keen to forget.
days have now passed since Houston Dynamo were last beaten at home after they extended their record run on Sunday. Their 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids was the 36th successive match in which the Texans have avoided defeat, a streak that stretches all the way back to June 2011. Real Salt Lake had previously held USA’s national record, having gone 34 home matches unbeaten between 2009 and 2011, but Dynamo are setting an impressive new standard. Their home form has underpinned a rise to second in the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, two points behind Montreal Impact.
years and 199 days was the age at which Jordan Allan became the youngest player ever to take part in a senior match in Scotland. The Airdrie striker came off the bench to make history in his side’s 2-0 to defeat to Livingston on Saturday, and beat by 115 days the 68-year-old record of Celtic’s European Cup-winning goalkeeper, Ronnie Simpson. Remarkably, Allan was back in action the following day for Airdrie’s U-15 side – and marked his return to that age level with six goals in a 9-3 victory.
matches without a win is the miserable run on which Boca Juniors currently find themselves after going down 1-0 to Estudiantes de La Plata on Saturday. It represents the Buenos Aires giants’ joint-worst run of results in the professional era, equalling an identical ten-match sequence winless sequence from 1957. Boca haven’t won a top flight match since the first round of Clausura fixtures on 9 February, with the period since having yielded four defeats and six draws. Los Xeneizes are also proving ideal opposition for opposition teams similarly short on confidence. Estudiantes, after all, hadn’t won prior to Saturday, and they joined Union (round four) and San Martin (round nine) in registering their first victories of the season against the 43-time champions. A huge week now beckons for Boca, who welcome Corinthians in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores this evening before going up against River Plate in the Superclásico on Sunday.
unanswered Liverpool goals handed Newcastle United their heaviest home defeat in 88 years on Sunday. Not since Blackburn Rovers won 7-1 there in 1925 have the Magpies suffered such a resounding loss at St James’ Park. Relegation is now a genuine danger for a team that is already 13 places and 25 points worse off than they were at this stage last season. Enjoying better fortunes on their own patch are Manchester City, who on Saturday equalled an 83-year-old club record by scoring for the 48th home match in succession. History was also made by Gareth Bale, who became just the third player - after Andy Gray (1977) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2007) – to win both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards in the same season.
goals in as many Serie A appearances is the run that has turned Mathieu Flamini into an unlikely scoring sensation. The French midfielder hadn’t found the net all season prior to beginning this streak, and has equalled inside 270 minutes the number of goals he had scored in his previous 90 league appearances. Also on target in I Rossoneri’s 4-2 win over Catania was Mario Balotelli, who maintained his 100 per cent penalty success rate by scoring from the spot for the 16th time. He has also scored in every home match since returning to Italy from Manchester City. Catania, meanwhile, have now failed to win any of their last 12 fixtures against Milan, and have never beaten I Rossoneri at the San Siro in 18 attempts.