In FIFA.com’s latest stats review, trebles from Mounir El Hamdaoui and Jo come under the spotlight along with a brace of dismissals for Luiz Gustavo, derby success for Al Ahly, and defensive durability at Standard Liege.
minutes without conceding was the run that came to an end for Standard and their goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima on Sunday. The Red Devils had gone into the match against Oostende having kept a clean sheet in each of their six Jupiler League matches of the 2013/14 campaign, and with the last entry in their goals against column having been made the season before, almost four months earlier. And while it took Oostende’s Laurent Depoitre just 12 minutes to bring Standard’s long unblemished run to an end, merely conceding was not enough to knock them off their stride. Indeed, despite losing another goal later in the same match, the Belgian league leaders emerged with a hard-fought 4-2 win – their 13th straight victory in all competitions this season. Standard's hero on this occasion was 19-year-old forward Michy Batshuayi, who secured the points with the first hat-trick of his professional career.
consecutive Cairo derbies without defeat is the run currently being enjoyed by Al Ahly. The Egyptian giants extended this sequence with a vital 4-2 win over Zamalek on Saturday, coming from behind to secure a result that guarantees their place in the last four of the CAF Champions League. Walid Soliman, Ahmed Abdel Zaher, Mohamed Aboutrika and Ahmed Fathi were all on target for a team in fine form, having won 11 of their last 13 matches in all competitions. Among their rivals in semi-finals will be Esperance, who are veritable veterans at this stage of Africa’s elite club competition. The Tunisians have made it to this point in the tournament in each of the last four seasons, a feat only previously managed in the CAF Champions League by one club – Al Ahly themselves – who reached four semi-finals in succession between 2005 and 2008.
minutes was all Jo needed to score the week’s fastest hat-trick and single-handedly fire Atletico Mineiro to a 3-0 win over Coritiba on Thursday. This feat would have been remarkable enough in any circumstances but was all the more eye-catching as the Brazil international had been without a league goal in almost 11 months. It should be acknowledged that Jo had contributed another hat-trick as recently as May during Atletico’s triumphant Copa Libertadores run, and it is in this competition – as well as for the national team – that he has tended to be most productive. Indeed, the 26-year-old came into Thursday’s match on the back of scoring three times in Brazil's back-to-back friendly wins over Australia and Portugal, and was also on target twice during the FIFA Confederations Cup. His latest goals certainly came at a welcome time for Atletico, ending a frustrating run of four successive draws in all competitions.
goals in Malaga’s 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano left Mounir El Hamdaoui as his club’s first La Liga hat-trick-scorer in almost a decade. Not since another Malaga loanee, Salva, claimed a treble in a memorable 5-1 win over Barcelona in December 2003 has a Boquerones player enjoyed such a prolific top-flight appearance. The Rotterdam-born Morocco international is no stranger to hat-tricks, having scored three during his goal-laden stint with AZ, but his most recent had come three-and-a-half years ago. This latest treble secured Malaga’s first league win of the season, although they remain eight points behind early pacesetters Atletico Madrid. Los Colchoneros have made a flawless start to the campaign with four straight wins, the first time they have started a season with such a sequence since 1995/96 – the last time they won the Spanish title.
red cards in his first three appearances have made for a difficult start to life at Wolfsburg for Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international was just returning from suspension, having been sent off in his second match for his new club, when he again received his marching orders in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. It has left the 26-year-old, who didn't pick up a single red card in 65 appearances for Bayern Munich, facing another spell on the sidelines. There was better news for former team-mate Manuel Neuer, who racked up his 100th Bundesliga clean sheet in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Hannover. At 27, the Germany No1 is the youngest player ever to reach this particular century-mark. Bayern remain two points off the pace set by Borussia Dortmund though, this after Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a fifth straight win, setting a new club record in the process.