Spain and Abby Wambach breaking world records, Rachel Yankey conquering a national one and goal sprees in Barbados feature in FIFA.com’s weekly stats review.
USA goals is what Abby Wambach stormed on to last week to become the leading scorer in international history. Mia Hamm had held the record, having netted 158 times in 275 outings for the Americans until her 2004 retirement. However, it took Wambach just 29 minutes to hit a hat-trick against Korea Republic in New Jersey and surpass her former US strike partner. The 33-year-old Western New York Flash player hit her fourth of the night before being substituted to a rapturous standing ovation in the 58th minute of her 207th appearance for her country. ''I'm just so proud of her,'' Hamm said of Wambach. “From being her team-mate early in her career, I know all she ever wanted to do was win, and she continues to do that. I'm just glad I got to share 158 with her. It was short, but it was fun.'' A Lauren Cheney header completed a 5-0 victory for USA, who are now unbeaten in 34 matches (29 wins, 5 draws) since a 1-0 loss to Japan in March 2012 ended their hopes of Algarve Cup glory.
international appearances is what Rachel Yankey moved on to on Wednesday to become the most-capped men’s or women’s player in England history. The 33-year-old Arsenal Ladies winger, who debuted for her country in 1997, previously shared the record with Peter Shilton, but she outranked the legendary goalkeeper by running out against FIFA Women’s World Cup™ holders Japan. Yankey celebrated the occasion by setting up Eniola Aluko’s goal in a 1-1 draw – a result which extended to 11 games the undefeated run of Hope Powell’s team. Yankey and Shilton are among ten England centurions, along with Gillian Coultard (119 caps), David Beckham (115), Kelly Smith (113), Fara Williams (113), Casey Stoney (109), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105), Ashley Cole (103) and Rachel Unitt (102).
competitive matches unbeaten is the world record Spain have marched on to during this FIFA Confederations Cup. France had gone 27 non-friendlies without defeat between 1994 and ’99, but La Roja equalled that with a 10-0 thrashing of Tahiti, surpassed it by overcoming Nigeria 3-0 and extended it with a goalless draw against Italy (Vicente Del Bosque’s side won 7-6 on penalties to book a date with Brazil in Sunday’s decider). Spain’s last loss in a competitive fixture was 1-0 to Switzerland in their opener at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, but they have since won 24 and tied five across that competition, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying and its finals, the Brazil 2014 preliminaries and the ongoing ‘Festival of Champions’. Spain have, in the process, kept 19 clean sheets.
successive draws in the Cameroonian Elite One is the bewildering sequence Panthere du Nde find themselves on. The Wild Cats tied just one of their last 16 games en route to finishing second in 2012, but their latest stalemate – 0-0 at Unisport Bafang – left them just one point above the relegation zone. That clean sheet was second-placed Unisport’s tenth in 14 matches this season, but the result allowed Les Astres, who thumped local rivals Union Sportive 4-0, to extend their lead at the summit to six points.
goals is what Walton Burrowes scored last week to earn Brittons Hill a stunning 6-1 win away to high-flying arch-rivals Notre Dame. Anything less than victory for Brittons would have handed the Barbadian Premier League title to BDF, but Burrowes’ double sent them in 2-0 up at half-time. Barbados striker Dwayne Mars pulled one back for the hosts, but ‘Chico’ added three goals inside six minutes thereafter, before completing the rout four minutes from time. BDF now lead Brittons by five points with two rounds remaining. Meanwhile Gall Hill climbed to fourth – and extended their unbeaten run to eight games – with a 1-0 victory at Cosmos. Shaquille Boyce, who turned 17 earlier this month, was the match-winner to make it eight goals in his last six games.