In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, the feats of veteran marksmen Luca Toni and Alexsandar Duric feature alongside milestones in Spain and Germany, and the end of a long unbeaten sequence in Argentina.
Serie A appearances was the landmark reached and celebrated in style by Luca Toni on Saturday. The former Bayern Munich and Fiorentina striker marked the occasion by scoring his 110th and 111th goals in Italy’s top flight, and has now found the net in the division for eight different clubs. Only Nicola Amoruso, with nine, can beat that particular tally. Toni’s strikes also helped secure a momentous 2-1 victory for Verona, who hadn’t won on the opening day of the Serie A season since 1988. There was joy, too, for Giuseppe Rossi, who found the net for the first time since 1 October 2011 to help Fiorentina beat Catania 2-1 on Monday. It was the former Villarreal striker’s first Serie A goal in 2297 days, since scoring for Parma in a 4-1 win over Messina on 13 May 2007.
league goals was the milestone celebrated by Karim Benzema on Monday as he claimed the decisive strike in Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Granada. It was the French striker’s second league goal in as many games for Los Merengues and took him on to 57 for the club, with the remaining 43 having been accumulated during his time with Lyon. Nor were Real the only Madrid club celebrating over the past week. Atletico were in fine form in a 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano – their biggest win over Los Franjirrojos in 29 league meetings.
home matches unbeaten as River Plate coach was the streak that came to an end for Ramon Diaz on Sunday. The former Argentina international, currently in his third spell with Los Millonarios, had survived without a home loss for the club since a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Racing Club in 1999. A run of 30 wins and 11 draws had since followed. However, that fine sequence – which began against Colon in the final round of the ’99 Clausura – ended against the same side, who emerged from the Monumental on Sunday with a 2-1 win.
days after celebrating his 43rd birthday, Aleksandar Duric proved that his predatory instincts are as sharp as ever with a second-half hat-trick in Tampines Rovers’ 6-2 win over DPMM Brunei. The Bosnia-born striker has been consistently prolific since moving to Singapore in 1999, and his status as the S.League’s greatest-ever marksman continues to be strengthened. With five goals in his last two appearances and 12 for the season, the 43-year-old – who competed for Bosnia-Herzegovina in kayaking at the 1991 Olympics – is once again top of the Singaporean scoring chart. At the other end of the age spectrum, meanwhile, Enes Unal of Bursaspor became the youngest goalscorer in the history of Turkey’s top flight, grabbing the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray on Sunday just three months and 15 days after turning 16.
players were sent off over the weekend in the Bundesliga, setting a new record for a single round of matches. Ibrahim Traore, Sejad Salihovic, Admir Mehmedi, Benedikt Howedes, Szabolcs Huszti, Christian Fuchs, Francis Coquelin and Luiz Gustavo all received their marching orders as the red mist descended across Germany's top flight. It wasn’t all bad news though. With seven points from their opening three matches, Hertha Berlin have made their best-ever start to a Bundesliga season. Bayer Leverkusen were also celebrating after racking up an eighth successive league win for the first time in the club’s history, with the latest - a 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach - kicked off by Stefan Kiessling's 100th Bundesliga goal. The long-serving striker duly became the only player besides club legend Ulf Kirsten to reach the century-mark for Bayer.