FIFA.com’s latest stats review features the ending of long and impressive runs at Barcelona and Manchester City, the clean sheets of Fraser Forster and the goals of Wesley Sneijder and a South Korean duo.
minutes of league action have now passed since Celtic’s Fraser Forster was beaten, enabling the English goalkeeper to set a new club record. Remarkably, Forster’s feat – 11 consecutive league clean sheets - came exactly 100 years after the previous benchmark was set, with Bhoys legend Charlie Shaw having strung together ten successive shutouts during the 1913/14 season. Another of Shaw’s records – 13 straight clean sheets in all competitions – will come under threat when Forster, currently on 12, attempts to extend his run against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. Also within the former Newcastle United keeper’s sights are Chris Woods’ Scottish record of 1196 minutes, Edwin van der Sar’s unparalleled league run (1311 minutes) and the incredible world-record tally of former Vasco da Gama keeper Mazaropi, who went 1816 minutes without conceding – including regional matches – between 1977 and ’78.
consecutive matchdays at the top of the table, an all-time La Liga record, was the Barcelona run brought to an end by a combination of Valencia and Atletico Madrid over the weekend. The former stunned the Camp Nou on Saturday by emerging with a 3-2 victory, ending Barça’s 25-match winning streak in home La Liga matches. They were the first team to win away at the Catalans since Real Madrid in April 2012 and, taking Madrid out of the equation, since Hercules in September 2010. The one bright spot for Gerardo Martino’s side was the ending of Lionel Messi’s Liga scoring drought, with the Argentinian firing in his first top flight goal in 126 days. But a disappointing weekend for Messi and Barça was capped the following day when Atletico Madrid continued their remarkable season with a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad, moving top for the first time since their double-winning season of 1995/96.
goals were scored by Wesley Sneijder in Galatasaray’s 6-0 demolition of Bursaspor on Sunday for only the second hat-trick of the Dutchman's career. It was also Sneijder’s first in over seven years, since he inspired Ajax to a 4-1 derby win over Feyenoord with three goals on 4 February 2007. The 29-year-old, who had scored just once in his previous seven appearances before the weekend, also illuminated the match by setting up a goalscoring opportunity with his backside as Gala narrowed the gap on leaders Fenerbahce. It was the Istanbul giants biggest win of the season, and the first time they have scored six or more goals in the Super Lig since beating Manisaspor 6-3 in February 2008.
years, three months and 61 successive matches: that was how long it had been since Manchester City failed to score in a home Premier League match when Chelsea came calling on Monday. Jose Mourinho’s Blues not only brought that record crashing down, but scored themselves to end City’s eight-match league winning streak and inflict just their second defeat in 22 home matches in England’s top flight. Elsewhere, there was joy for Sunderland, who racked up a third consecutive Tyne and Wear derby win over Newcastle United for the first time since 1923. The Black Cats did so in style too, winning 3-0 at St James’ Park, matching the scoreline in the corresponding fixture last season to notch up three or more goals in consecutive away derbies for the first time since 1919.
unanswered goals gave Mainz victory over Freiburg on Saturday and, in a first for the Bundesliga, both were scored by South Koreans. Despite a history of Taeguk Warriors stars shining in Germany, never before had two players from the country scored in the same Bundesliga match, allowing Park Jooho and Koo Jacheol to make a little bit of history. Elsewhere, Roman Weidenfeller made his 301st appearance for Borussia Dortmund, moving alongside Lars Ricken in joint-third in the club’s all-time standings. There was also a new record for Bayern Munich, who became the first team in Bundesliga history to win 17 of their first 19 fixtures with a comfortable 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The news wasn’t so good, though, for fans of Hamburg, whose side equalled a 40-year-old club record by conceding three goals or more in four consecutive league matches. HSV are also facing up to a five-match losing run in the top flight for the first time since 1970.